Under the supervision of the Dean, the leadership at Tufts School of Engineering
consists of Associate Deans and Directors, representing their respective areas of
responsibility within the schools. These leaders work together as a team to promote
and advance best practices of academic administration within the school.
John Barker, Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students
John Barker, Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students, has
overall responsibility for enhancing the undergraduate and graduate
student experience in the School of Arts and Sciences and
strengthening the integration of university-wide undergraduate and
graduate academic and co-curricular initiatives.
Prior to his arrival at Tufts in 2012, Dean Barker was assistant
provost of undergraduate education at the University of Miami in
Florida, with the scope of university-wide responsibilities in the
areas of undergraduate research, diversity, academic counseling and
advocacy, and academic achievement. He was also the founding
director of the Office of Academic Enhancement. In addition, Dean
Barker served as a faculty master for one of the University of
Miami's residential colleges and as an adjunct faculty member in the
university's Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, in
Miami's School of Education. A graduate of the State University of
New York Oswego where he majored in political science and history,
Dean Barker holds a doctorate in higher education from the
University of Rochester.
Lee Coffin, Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management
Lee Coffin has served as Tufts' Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment
Management since 2003. Prior to Tufts he was Dean of Admission at Connecticut College
from 1995 to 2001, where he also held concurrent appointments as Vice President for
Enrollment (1998 to 2001) and Acting Vice President for Public Affairs (2000-01).
Dean Coffin held the Millet Chair in Admissions at Milton Academy from 2001-03 and
also served administrative appointments in Advancement at Trinity College and freshman
advising at Harvard College. In addition to his work in admissions, Dean Coffin also
serves as an adjunct lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education,
where he teaches a seminar entitled "Principles and Policy Issues of College
Admissions." He earned a B.A. with honors in history from Trinity College and
an Ed.M. in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University.
Margery Davies, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs
Dr. Margery Davies is the Director of the Office of Diversity Education and Development
(also known as the Diversity Office), which serves both the School of Engineering and
the School of Arts and Sciences. This office is responsible for developing, implementing,
and assessing a range of programs for faculty, staff, and students, and for collaborating
with offices, departments, and programs in the School of Engineering, the School of Arts
and Sciences, and other parts of the university, as appropriate, to promote diversity.
Dr. Davies also serves as the Affirmative Action Officer for the School of Engineering
and the School of Arts and Sciences, and in that capacity monitors all faculty searches
With a doctorate in sociology from Brandeis University, Dr. Davies has written about
women, work, families, and child and family policy in the United States. Her book,
Woman's Place Is at the Typewriter: Office Work and Office Workers, 1870-1930
(Temple University Press, 1982), is an analysis of the feminization of clerical work
in the United States.
With Professor Francine Jacobs of Tufts University, she edited More Than
Kissing Babies? Current Child and Family Policy in the United States, (Greenwood
Publishing Group, 1994).
Jason Rife, Associate Dean for
Jason Rife is the Associate Dean of
Undergraduate Education and an associate professor in the Department
of Mechanical Engineering. In this role, he is directly responsible
for developing, implementing and assessing academic advising and the
administration of the degrees awarded in 13 engineering disciplines.
He serves as the School of Engineering's point person on educational
Professor Rife received his doctoral degree from Stanford University
in Mechanical Engineering. His research focuses on the navigation
and control of autonomous vehicles and mobile robots. His work has
been funded by numerous government organizations and corporations,
including the FAA, the NSF, NASA, AFRL, DARPA, JNLWP, Draper
Laboratory, BMW, and MERL.
Fiorenzo Omenetto, Associate Dean for Research
Fio Omenetto, Associate Dean for Research, is the Frank C. Doble Professor in the
Department of Biomedical Engineering. The School of
Engineering Office of Research is responsible for creating a supportive environment to
enhance research productivity and active scholarship. It initiates, supports and sustains
programs and activities to increase faculty participation in research with an emphasis
on collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts. The Office of Research is also responsible
for working with the remainder of the Dean's Office to effectively communicate both
internally and externally the many advances made by faculty and students.
Professor Omenetto received his doctorate at Universita' di
Pavia, Italy, in electrical engineering and applied physics.
Omenetto's research is heavily focused on interdisciplinary themes
that span nonlinear optics, nanostructured materials (such as
photonic crystals and photonic crystal fibers), optofluidics and
biopolymer based photonics. His
Silk Lab has pioneered the use of silk as a material platform
for photonics, optoelectronics and high-technology applications and
is actively investigating novel applications that rely on this new
technology base. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America.
In 2011, he was named a Guggenheim Fellow by the John Simon
Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
Karen Panetta, Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Karen received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Boston
University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from
Northeastern University. Her research focuses on developing
efficient algorithms for simulation, modeling, signal and image
processing for security and biomedical applications. Karen is a
Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
(IEEE) and was awarded the 2013 IEEE Award for Distinguished Ethical
Practices â€œfor exemplary contributions and leadership in developing
ethics and social responsibility in students.â€ Her volunteer service
with the IEEE has brought much collaboration and increased exposure
to Tufts University. Her commitment to promoting the interests of
the university is also evident in her service on the AS&E Executive
Committee and as its liaison to the Trustee University Advancement
Karen is the recipient of several NASA and National Science
Foundation Research Grants, including the NSF CAREER Award. As the
first female electrical engineer to be given tenure in the
Electrical and Computer Engineering department, Karen continues to
promote the interests of women in her field. She was the worldwide
director for IEEE Women in Engineering, the largest international
professional organization dedicated to promoting women engineers and
scientists, from 2007-2009, and served as editor-in-chief of the
IEEE Women in Engineering magazine. She is the faculty adviser to
the Tufts student chapters of both the Society of Women Engineers
and the IEEE, and is founder of the nationally acclaimed â€œNerd
Girlsâ€ program that promotes the engineering disciplines to young
students. She currently advises over 30 undergraduate and graduate
students. Karen has been recognized for her commitment to education
with awards such as the Madeline and Henry Fischer Best Engineering
Teacher Award in 2003, the IEEE Major Educational Innovation Award
in 2010, and the Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award for
Social Impact in 2011. In 2010, she received the American
Association of Engineering Societies' Norm Augustine Award for
communicating the excitement of engineering through outreach
activities that promote careers in science and engineering, and
encourage youth to improve the environment and change the lives of
individuals and communities. Most notably, in 2011 United States
President Barack Obama awarded Karen the Presidential Award for
Science and Engineering Education and Mentoring.
Mark Ranalli, Associate Dean and
Executive Director of Tufts Gordon Institute
Prior to Tufts, he was Managing Director of RR Donnelly's Digital
Solutions Group, where he was responsible for the company's digital
business strategy. Ranalli is also the founder of several successful
ventures. In 2006, he founded Helium, Inc., a media source that
applies a crowdsourcing filtering system to community-generated
content that was acquired by RR Donnelly in 2011. Soon after
launching Helium, he co-founded and launched OurStage Inc., an
independent music discovery platform, based on the same underlying
crowdsourcing principals and relative ranking patents that are
leveraged by Helium. He grew his first venture, an internet
professional services agency called Basessix, Inc., from inception
to three offices and more than 70 people with a client portfolio
that included AT&T Broadband, Comcast, AOL, ESPN, Starz/Encore, HBO,
and National Geographic. Ranalli previously held executive roles at
UNIFI Communications, Inc. and Fax international, Inc.
He currently serves as Vice Chairman for the Center for
Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit research
group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections
and public policy. He also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at
the Tuck School at Dartmouth for four years where he taught classes
on mergers and acquisitions and entrepreneurship.
Ranalli received an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at
Dartmouth and a BSEE from Stanford University.
Chris Rogers, Co-Director Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
Chris Rogers is the co-director of the Center for Engineering
Education and Outreach (CEEO)
and a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The
CEEO is a leading innovator in K-16 engineering education. Members
of the CEEO believe all students are budding innovators who will
excel by learning through failure, by working in teams, and by
solving open-ended problems. Faculty from Tufts' Department of
Education and multiple engineering departments work to change K-16
education through educational research, technology development, and
outreach to students, educators, and engineering professionals. The
CEEO's technologies have been used in thousands of classrooms around
the world and its outreach programs reach hundreds of teachers and
students each year.
Professor Rogers received all his degrees at Stanford University
where earned doctorate (1989) for his thesis looking at particle
motion in a boundary layer flow. His research interests are mostly
in the area of fluid turbulence, musical instrument design, and
robotics. His work has been funded by numerous government
organizations and corporations, including the NSF, NASA, Intel,
Boeing, Cabot, Steinway, Selmer, National Instruments, Raytheon,
Fulbright, and the LEGO Corporation.
Scott G. Sahagian, Executive Associate Dean
Scott Sahagian is the first Executive Associate Dean for the School of Engineering and
has been involved in developing all aspects of the administrative infrastructure for the
school, directly supervising the areas of finance, space, information technology, and
personnel. Prior to joining the School of Engineering, he was the Chief Administrative
Officer of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University from
January 2002 until March of 2005. He began at Brandeis in 1995 as the Associate Director
of the Schneider Institute for Health Policy where his responsibilities included the
management of the university's largest research unit. He was the Administrative Officer
at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology from 1991 to 1995. Dean
Sahagian worked in numerous positions in the YMCA, serving as Executive Director in several
communities before working in academia.
He currently serves on several community and religious boards including the Center for
Long Term Health and Aging and the Armenian Church at Hye Pointe. He has several published
articles in the area of customer service and management. Dean Sahagian holds a B.S. from
Salem State College and a M.B.A with a concentration in finance from Suffolk University.
Chris Swan, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Curriculum Development
Chris Swan, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Curriculum Development,
is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering and an adjunct associate professor at Jonathan M. Tisch
College of Citizenship and Public Service. Dean Swan chairs the
Curriculum Committee, which works with the school's Curriculum Task Force in guiding future curriculum revision and
enhancement, consistent with school's aspirations to educate Tufts engineers as
leaders and integrators in technological innovation. Professor Swan
also moderates the school's Outcomes & Objectives Assessment
Committee which works with the Tufts Office of Institutional Research to coordinate assessment
measures in the School of Engineering and to improve our processes of assessment,
feedback, and continuous improvements. He has also been an active
member of the American Society for Engineering Education currently
serving as program chair for the Community Engagement in Engineering
Education constituent committee.
Dean Swan received his Doctor of Science (ScD) degree in Civil
and Environmental Engineering from MIT in 1994 and both Bachelor
(BS) and Master (MS) of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from
the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 and 1986, respectively.
Prior to obtaining his ScD., Dean Swan worked for GZA
Geoenvironmental, Inc., a national engineering consulting firm
specializing in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering
Darryl Williams, Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement
Dr. Darryl N. Williams joined Tufts in April 2013 as Associate Dean
for Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement and Director of
the Center for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
Diversity in the School of Engineering.
Dr. Williams came to Tufts from his former position as a program
director at the National Science Foundation, focusing on engineering
education. He is a chemical engineer by formal training, receiving
his doctorate from University of Maryland College Park. He received
a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to
conduct research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
After the conclusion of his fellowship, Dr. Williams focused on
creating opportunities in STEM for underrepresented communities in
the Philadelphia area. He served as executive director of iPRAXIS, a
nonprofit organization that seeks to support minority scientists to
take ideas from bench to business.
Since 2009, Dr. Williams had served as an NSF program director
overseeing the grants administration in the Division of Research
on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) for programs
such as Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12), Innovative Technology
Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), National Robotics
Initiative (NRI), and Advanced Technological Education (ATE).