Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private, 4-year school located in Worcester, MA. Just 50 miles west of Boston, Worcester is the second-largest city in New England. WPI was founded in 1865 by a tinware manufacturer and a wire mill owner and is among the oldest engineering and technology institutions in the country. The 80 acre campus features a blend of traditional Gothic and collegiate red-brick modern architecture. the school possesses one of 35 civilian research nuclear reactors (constructed during the Cold War), although it is no longer active. Among the many successful businesspersons and technology gurus who graduates from WPI are CNN journalist David Gewirtz, John W Geils, Jr (dropout who formed J. Geils Band).