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.
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.
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 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 "Nerd Girls" 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.
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.
Karen has a bachelor's degree in politics from Princeton University — she is the first generation in her family to attend college — and a master's of education degree in risk and prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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. In 2016, he was named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. 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 policy.
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, 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, 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).