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).
Robert J. Hannemann, Director
of Tufts Gordon Institute
Rob Hannemann is the Director of the Tufts Gordon Institute. In this role, he is
responsible for the Engineering Management and Entrepreneurial Leadership programs,
which serve more than 100 graduate students and 400 undergraduates annually. He is
also Professor of the Practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Hannemann earned advanced degrees in mechanical engineering from New York
University (M.S.'72) and MIT (Sc.D.'75) after receiving his B.S. degree from Illinois
Institute of Technology. He has experience as an engineer, manager, and entrepreneur.
Prior to joining Tufts he co-founded an energy-efficient electronics cooling firm,
Thermal Form & Function, Inc., where he is a director and management and technology
advisor. Prior to joining the Tufts School of Engineering, he was a senior executive
at Corning, Inc., Lasertron, and Digital Equipment Corporation. Earlier in his career,
he was on the faculty at the University of Maryland at College Park.
G. Kim Knox, Associate Dean for
Kim Knox has served as the School of Engineering Associate Dean for
Undergraduate Education since 1994. In this role, Dean Knox is
directly responsible for developing, implementing and assessing
academic advising and the administration of the degrees awarded in
13 engineering disciplines. She serves as the School of
Engineering's point person on educational policy.
Dean Knox received her B.S. in Civil Engineering and her M.S. in structural engineering
from Tufts and is a registered professional engineer. Prior to joining Tufts, she was
the Chair of the Massachusetts Highway Department's Quality Leadership Council (1993-1994)
which comprised the top decision makers for the Executive, Engineering Administration,
and Finance branches. The Council provided policy level strategic vision and direction
to the 3,000-person agency. She also served as a Senior Structural Engineer and Project
Manager at Fay, Spofford and Thorndike (1980-1993). In this role, she was involved in
design and investigation of more than 100 bridges including steel, prestressed concrete,
masonry and multiple-span curved girder bridge structures.
Elena Naumova, Associate Dean for Research
Elena Naumova, Associate Dean for Research, is a professor in the
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, an adjunct
professor at The Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of
Nutritional Science and Policy, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
at Tufts University School of Medicine. 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 Naumova received her doctorate at Novosibirsk State
Technical University, Russia in 1988. Professor Naumova's
area of expertise is in methodology development for modeling of
transient processes with application in environmental epidemiology,
infectious diseases, and public health. Her research on developing
innovative analytical and computational tools for monitoring
environmentally-driven infections and longitudinal studies of growth
is funded by NIAID, NIEHS, and EPA. She is a Director of the Tufts
Initiative for Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases (InForMID).
She is a member of the American Public Health Association, The
International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, The
International Environmetrics Society, and the American Statistical
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
Sameer Sonkusale, Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Sameer Sonkusale, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, is also an
associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer
Engineering. As Associate Dean for Graduate Education, he is
responsible for the graduate programs in the School of Engineering
and chairs the Engineering Graduate Studies Committee that sets
policy, admission standards, and overall quality of graduate
programs. The committee is also responsible for co-ordination among
programs in school of engineering and with other departments in arts
Dean Sonkusale received his doctorate in electrical engineering
from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. His teaching and
research interests are in the area of nanoscale science and
engineering, nanoscale sensors-on-a-chip and
instrumentation-on-a-chip, low power integrated circuits, biomedical
circuits and systems, and analog to information converters. A recent
addition to this list is the area of metamaterials and plasmonics.
His research is funded by NSF, ONR, DARPA and various foundations.
Sonkusale received the NSF CAREER award in 2010, the Future
Trends in Microelectronics Best poster prize in 2009, and has won
several best paper awards with his students at many international
conferences (NANO 2008, SENSORS 2008, ISDRS 2009, FTM 2009). Dean
Sonkusale is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions of Circuits
and Systems-1. He also serves on Analog Signal Processing Technical
Committee, Biomedical Circuits and Systems Technical Committee of
the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He is a member of the IEEE