Hey - the folks from Whoopie Tech get to work in beautiful Worcester, Massachusetts. (Municipal motto: "Somewhat nicer than Lowell!")
In all seriousness, I agree that it's always good to see people doing the work. (This sort of thing is pretty fun work, in my book, but that doesn't make it less important.) But I don't know that salaries at Worcester Polytechnicl are "tiny", exactly; online sources differ, but it looks like professors average around $110K, which suggests full professors in particular earn a comfortable salary. Cost of housing around Worcester isn't great but isn't as bad as Boston.
Of course graduate students are basically on subsistence pay, even with assistantships and fellowships, but that's true for all US universities.