WORCESTER, Mass. — The following local residents were among 1,238 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute named to the university’s 2015 fall semester dean’s list for academic excellence:

Ryanne Dailey, of Carthage, a junior majoring in chemical engineering; Madison Michaud, of Vassalboro, a freshman majoring in biomedical engineering; and Julia Pershken, of Albion, a junior majoring in civil engineering.

The criteria for the WPI defines the dean’s list by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Massachusetts, WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI’s talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university’s innovative Global Projects Program. There are more than 45 WPI project centers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe.