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Ethan Peritz Peritz and String Named Winners of Presidential Citizenship Award
Senior Ethan Peritz and master's student Gabrielle String were named 2013 recipients of the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. As a fellow in Tisch College’s Project PERIS Somerville program, Peritz worked with the CEEO to develop a four-year pre-engineering curriculum for Somerville High School. String, a Shahbazi Fellow, was given the award for her work with Engineers Without Borders on a water purification project in Ecuador.
Dr. Darryl N. Williams Stemming the Tide
In April 2013, Darryl N. Williams joined Tufts as Associate Dean for Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement and the new director of the Center for STEM Diversity at Tufts School of Engineering. Williams takes over from Travis Brown, now the director of the Quantitative Skills Center at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. Julia C. Keller, Communications Director for the School of Engineering, sat down for a conversation with Williams and Brown to hear their professional opinions about the state of STEM programs designed to keep underrepresented students in the pipeline, their personal experiences in pipeline programs, and the future of supporting STEM diversity at Tufts.
Noah Kurinsky Kurinsky Named 2013 Goldwater Scholar
Noah Kurinsky, E14, was named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar as part of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Noah's career goals include conducting research in particle physics or high energy astrophysics and teaching at the university level.
Dr. T. Alan Hatton Dr. T. Alan Hatton Delivers 2013 Botsaris Lecture
The 2013 Gregory Botsaris Lecture in Chemical and Biological Engineering will be given by Dr. T. Alan Hatton, the Ralph Landau Professor and Director of the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In his talk "Taking Charge of Carbon Capture", Dr. Hatton will speak about electrochemical strategies for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Given 2013 Parravano Award Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Named 2013 Catalysis Award Winner
Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos was awarded the 2013 Giuseppe Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research from the Michigan Catalysis Society. Professor Stephanopoulos will deliver the keynote lecture at the 34th Annual Michigan Catalysis Society Spring Symposium, which will be held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on May 7, 2013.
Dean Linda M. Abriola Dean Abriola Named Drexel Engineering Leader of the Year
Dean Linda M. Abriola was named Drexel University's 2013 Engineering Leader of the Year. A Drexel engineering alumna, Abriola is the first woman to receive the honor and joins a prestigious group of engineering luminaries. Abriola will be honored for her leadership in environmental engineering, her commitment to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and her contributions to engineering in an effort to better society. Read the story in the Tufts Daily.
Professor Diane Souvaine Souvaine Named Tufts Vice Provost for Research
On November 28, 2012, computer science Professor Diane Souvaine was named Tufts' Vice Provost for Research. Diane has extensive experience as a member of the 24-person National Science Board, a prestigious body charged with governing the National Science Foundation (NSF) and advising the President and Congress. In an announcement, Provost and Senior Vice President David Harris, says "Her experience on the National Science Board will serve Tufts well as we seek to expand our research success in what will be a challenging federal funding environment."
Professor Karen Panetta Panetta Receives IEEE Award for Distinguished Ethical Practices
Karen Panetta was selected by the IEEE Board of Directors to receive the 2013 IEEE Award for Distinguished Ethical Practices, which is given for exemplary ethical behavior and practices and/or persuasive advocacy or promotion of ethical behaviors and practices by an IEEE member or organizations employing IEEE members. Specifically, the citation for Karen's award is "For exemplary contributions and leadership in developing ethics and social responsibility in students."
Matthias and Cindy What Would R2-D2 Do?
At the moment, our interaction with social robots is completely one-sided. These devices simply don't have the means to understand our words and gestures. That's something Matthias Scheutz, associate professor of computer science, wants to change. If we can create devices that seem more humanlike in their response to us, he reasons, they may be well suited for more complex work with people, such as tending to the basic needs of hospital patients or the elderly at home.
Professor Elena Naumova Can Dynamic Mapping Reveal Clues about Flu Seasonality?
Influenza outbreaks in the United States typically begin with the arrival of cold weather and then spread in seasonal waves across geographic zones. But the question of why epidemics can vary from one season to the next has baffled scientists. Elena Naumova, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and collaborators from the United States and India suggest that the search for answers has been thwarted, in part, by the lack of standardized research methods. In a recent paper, the team concludes that newly emerging technologies like dynamic mapping can be used in concert with traditional approaches.
Senior Lecturer James Barlow Tufts Gordon Institute Names New Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership Program
James Barlow, head of outreach for the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), joins Tufts Gordon Institute as director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
Meet the Class of 2016 Let Your Life Speak
Freshman applications were up again this year, representing the sixth consecutive record-breaking applicant pool. The Class of 2016 includes a combat engineer with the Singaporean Air Force's explosive ordinance and disposal unit and a mechanical engineer who compares the bearing load of a Gothic buttress to the arch of her shoes. As one freshman said Tufts "is a place where comedy meets intellectual inquisitiveness, where hungry minds meet hungrier engineers." Learn more about the Class of 2016!
Provost David R. Harris David Harris Named Provost
David R. Harris, former senior associate dean at Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences and a former deputy assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, became Tufts' provost and senior vice president, effective July 1, 2012. Harris, 42, is an expert on race and ethnicity, social stratification and public policy. In addition to his deanship, he has previously served as Cornell's vice provost, deputy provost and interim provost. Read more about Provost Harris.
Golden Age of Aerospace
In the 1950s, Howard Hughes, the eccentric aviation magnate, left the company he had founded in 1932. Under new management, Hughes Aircraft Company went on to become the world's premier military electronics business. From lasers to geosynchronous satellites to signal processors, the company's innovations became part of the fabric of modern life. In his exhaustively researched book, Hughes After Howard; author Kenneth Richardson, E52, past president of Hughes Aircraft Company, recounts those accomplishments.
Professor Elena Naumova Weather Patterns Can Be Used to Forecast Rotavirus Outbreaks
By correlating weather factors like temperature, rain and snowfall, Elena Naumova, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is able to predict the timing and intensity of rotavirus, a disease that causes extreme diarrhea, dehydration and thousands of death annually, particularly among children. Her research focused on one of the hardest-hit regions of the world, South Asia.
Graduate student Nan Yi Nan Yi Wins Student Award from the Materials Research Society
Nan Yi, a chemical and biological engineering graduate student in Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos' Nano Catalysis & Energy Laboratory (NanoCel), received the Graduate Student Silver Award from the Materials Research Society (MRS). This award is "intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction." Nan is the first Tufts graduate student to win this award.
Assistant Professor Matt Panzer Matt Panzer Wins Grant from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) named Matt Panzer, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, as one of several researchers to receive a grant under the MassCEC Catalyst Program, which supports the commercialization of game-changing clean energy. Panzer will use the MassCEC funding to build an ionogel-based supercapacitor device prototype and to assess its energy storage and delivery capabilities.
Professor Fio Omenetto Fiorenzo Omenetto Named OSA Fellow
Fiorenzo Omenetto, professor of biomedical engineering, was named a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) for contributions in ultrafast nonlinear optics, photonic crystal fibers and for pioneering the development of silk optical applications and silk-based photonic structures and devices.
Assistant Professor Catherine K. Kuo Reversing a Birth Defect
The work of biomedical engineer Catherine K. Kuo could advance the treatment of orthopedic deformities before a baby is born. Clubfoot, one of the most common orthopedic birth defects in the United States, affects more than 4,000 newborns each year. Exactly what goes wrong in these tendons is still unclear, but Catherine K. Kuo is trying to figure that out by studying how they form in a developing embryo.
Engineers construct a bicycle pump to supply a Ugandan village with clean water Fresh Water for Shilongo
Thanks to some enterprising undergraduates involved in Engineers Without Borders (EWB), the village of Shilongo has a water storage tank that holds up to a full day's supply of clean drinking water for all 800 villagers. Instead of pumping the water by hand, a pump powered by a stationary bicycle gets the work done faster—with a dash of fun for the kids who usually do the pedaling.
Diane Souvaine Named ACM Fellow
On Dec. 8, 2011, Professor Diane Souvaine was named a ACM Fellow for contributions to computational geometry and for service on behalf of the computing community
Eric Miller Eric Miller Elevated to IEEE Fellow
Professor Eric Miller has been named an IEEE Fellow for contributions to inverse problems and physics-based signal and image processing. In his Lab for Imaging Science Research Miller's research methods are applied to a range of problems associated with environmental and medical sensing. In the environmental space, he is working closely with Professor Linda Abriola and Assistant Professor Andrew Ramsburg in the development of processing methods for the characterization of regions of subsurface contamination based on hydrological as well as geophysical data sets. In the biomedical imaging field, Miller has been looking at statistically driven geometric image segmentation methods to help doctors better understand MRI images.
Panetta Wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring Panetta Wins Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring
On Nov. 15, 2011, President Obama named Karen Panetta, Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, among nine individuals and eight organizations recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The award recognizes the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering—particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields.
Engineers build flexible models of AAAs Deadly Predictions
Researchers, including Research Associate Professor Robert Peattie in biomedical engineering and Associate Professor Luis Dorfmann in civil and environmental engineering are building flexible models to calculate the odds that potentially fatal abdominal aneurysms will rupture.
Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco prepares for Matriculation 2011 Auspicious Beginnings
On a sunny matriculation day, we welcomed our largest and most selective undergraduate class in our school's history—223 undergraduates were received as the newest SOE Jumbos by our new President, Anthony Monaco. We also welcomed our largest graduate cohort ever, including 51 entering Ph.D. students, at our first formal graduate matriculation ceremony.
Matriculation 2011 Let Your Life Speak
Freshman applications were up by more than 13 percent this year, representing the fifth consecutive record-breaking applicant pool. The undergraduate Class of 2015 includes a computer engineer from Providence who rock climbs while blindfolded and a computer whiz from New York City who has already developed 30 iPhone and iPad apps that have been downloaded over 2 million times! Watch Undergraduate Dean Lee Coffin welcome the Class of 2015.
Andrew Winslow, EG14, a doctoral student in theoretical computer science, figures out the Rubix cube's secrets Rubik's Cube's Math Secret
Andrew Winslow, EG14, a doctoral student in theoretical computer science, and a group of Boston-area researchers decided to figure out how a computer might most efficiently solve the Rubik's cube—and not just the standard one with three squares per row, but ones with up to 17 squares per row. They came up with some surprising findings that relate to real-world problems.
Graduate student Ninrat Datiri is Tufts' first GEM fellow from the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, or GEM Consortium. An Engineering GEM
Through participation in the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, or GEM Consortium, Tufts grants fellowships to highly qualified students from underrepresented groups to pursue their graduate degrees. Ninrat Datiri joins Tufts University School of Engineering as the first GEM Fellow.
Ming Chow, E02, EG04, a lecturer in computer science, reveals his favorite web browser. What's the best web browser to use?
Ming Chow, E02, EG04, a lecturer in computer science, reveals his favorite web browser. In his class on web development, students use and develop for all browsers, not just one. But for web browsing, he suggests going with Google Chrome. Find out why.
Morehouse College student Brockton Chase Starling (foreground) works with Tufts graduate student, Jordan R. Crouser (background), on a data visualization project using data from Twitter. A Window on Research
As part of the Leadership Alliance program, Tufts engineering faculty and grad students host Morehouse College undergrads who are tracking Twitter trends and using brain imaging technologies to explore human cognition.
Associate Professor, Caroline Cao A Less Painful Colonoscopy
Scientists and engineers are continually researching new methods of screening to reduce patient discomfort while also ensuring the accuracy of a colonoscopy exam. Researchers at the School of Engineering led by Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Caroline G.L. Cao, have developed a device that could potentially do both. Tufts endoscopic fiber optic shape tracker (EFOST) technology is a possible solution to the problem that occurs when the endoscope is inserted into the colon during routine screening.
Dr. Charles Vest to Deliver Commencement Address Dr. Charles Vest to Deliver Commencement Address
Dr. Charles M. Vest, president of the National Academy of Engineering and president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver Tufts University's commencement address on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Dr. Vest will receive an honorary doctorate from Tufts and will join the engineering ceremonies for the hooding of doctoral candidates and the presentation of graduate degrees.
Seniors Join the Order of the Engineer Tufts Seniors Join the Order of the Engineer
In early May, our Tufts engineers participated in the Order of the Engineer ceremony spearheaded by our Engineering Student Council.
The Order of the Engineer was initiated in the United States to foster a spirit of pride and responsibility in the engineering profession, to bridge the gap between training and experience, and to present to the public a visible symbol—a ring worn on the fifth finger of an engineer's writing hand. The ring acts as a reminder to act ethically in engineering practice. More than sixty engineers participated in the ceremony, including 55 graduating seniors.
SoftBot Group Develops Rolling Robot Flexible, Rolling Robot Copies Caterpillar's Escape Mechanism
Tufts researchers designed a robot that mimics the behavior of caterpillars in order to better understand the mechanics of "ballistic rolling." In a report published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, graduate student Huai-Ti Lin, Gary Leisk, senior lecturer and research assistant professor in mechanical engineering, and biology professor Barry Trimmer report that their GoQBot mimics two caterpillar modes of locomotion: inching along like a worm or ballistically rolling at comparatively high speeds.
Ashley Martin works on buildling the ASCE team's steel bridge. Spanning the Distance: Engineers bridge theory and practice
Structural engineers in Tufts ASCE chapter spent their senior year designing and constructing bridges—and putting their classroom knowledge to the test in the real world by participating in the annual steel bridge competition sponsored by the ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction. The competition challenges student teams to design bridges and build them on-site at the competition in less than 45 minutes.
Aleksandar Stanković, Professor in electrical engineering Stanković Delivers Inaugural Alvin H. Howell Professor Lecture
Aleksandar Stanković, the Alvin H. Howell Professor in Electrical Engineering, presented the inaugural Howell Professorship lecture: "Interconnected Energy Grids: a future for electric energy" on Thurs., April 28, 2011.
Fio Omenetto Omenetto Named Guggenheim Fellow
Fiorenzo Omenetto, professor of biomedical engineering, received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Omenetto received the only Guggenheim fellowship in engineering. The prestigious award will support Omenetto's efforts to demonstrate the first implantable and fully bioresorbable optical and electronic components that seamlessly integrate into living tissue.
Tufts Robotics Club Participates in Firefighting Competition On Fire: Robotics Club Participates in Firefighting Competition
With financial support from the School of Engineering Dean's Grant Program, the Tufts Robotics Club recently competed in the Trinity Firefighting Competition held at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. on April 9-11, 2011. With their two robots, Precipitating Pachyderm v2.0 and Jumbo Shrimp v1.0, the team won first place in the written exam, and eighth in their division.
Dr. Richard A. Meserve (A'66) Vannevar Bush Dean's Medal Recipient Speaks about Fukushima
Dr. Richard A. Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution, international expert on nuclear energy and Tufts University alumnus spoke about the impact of the Fukushima nuclear plant accident and also received the first Vannevar Bush Dean's Medal from Tufts School of Engineering on Monday, April 4, 2011.
Panetta Named 2011 Women of Vision Panetta Named 2011 Women of Vision
The Anita Borg Institute named Karen Panetta, Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the 2011 Women of Vision Award winner in the Social Impact category. She is recognized not only for her contributions in both academia and industry but also as one of the leading U.S. experts in innovating successful low-cost methods for disseminating engineering and science to youth, parents, educators and the general public to help recruit young women to the STEM disciplines.
Vandervelde Earns Air Force YIP Grant for Photodetection Research Vandervelde Wins NSF CAREER Award for Thermophotovoltaic Research
New research on converting heat to electricity has earned Assistant Professor Tom Vandervelde, the John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Faculty Development Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, a NSF CAREER Award. Vandervelde conducts research on thermophotovoltaics—cells that convert thermal radiation, or heat, into electricity—with implications for a new class of green energy technologies.
Dr. Richard A. Meserve (A'66) Meserve Named First Recipient of Vannevar Bush Dean's Medal
Tufts School of Engineering will name Dr. Richard A. Meserve (A'66), president of the Carnegie Institution, the first recipient of the Vannevar Bush Dean's Medal awarded to an internationally recognized technology leader who has contributed substantially to the betterment of society through not only extraordinary technical achievement but also significant contributions at the intersection of engineering and other fields.
Sam Veeraraghavan (EG'10) Veeraraghavan Named New Face of Engineering
Sam Veeraraghavan (EG'10) was named one of the 14 New Faces of Engineering 2011 by the National Engineers Week Foundation. Sam has developed technology-based solutions to address global humanitarian issues for children with disabilities, women and students below poverty lines in India.
The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) receives a check from Verizon Foundation for W-Stomp. Verizon Foundation Awards Grant to CEEO to Engage Girls in Engineering
The Verizon Foundation provided a $60,000 grant to Tufts University's Center for Engineering and Education Outreach (CEEO) School to help engage more girls in the field of engineering through the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP).
Ben Hescott Hescott Receives IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award
The IEEE Computer Society awarded Ben Hescott, Senior Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor in Computer Science, the 2011 Computer Science and Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award "for making computer science accessible to a broad spectrum of students through his energy, enthusiasm, and dedication to teaching."
Melissa Pickering Pickering Named 2011 "Woman to Watch"
Melissa Pickering (E'05), Co-founder of iCreatetoEducate, was named a 2011 "Woman to Watch" by Mass High Tech for her contributions to the technology sector and her ongoing role as a leader in the engineering education community.
Assistant Professor Remco Chang Hidden in Plain Sight
Remco Chang uses visual analytics to puzzle out secrets from financial fraud to terrorism. In essence, Chang says, the emerging field of visual analysis is a way of sorting through a sea of data to find patterns and outliers that might otherwise have gone undetected.
Assistant Professor Luisa Chiesa Burn Like the Sun
Luisa Chiesa, Assistant Professor in mechanical engineering, is testing superconducting cables for fusion power plants of the future. When most people think about using the sun's energy, they envision dark solar panels quietly soaking up rays. But engineers such as Chiesa see another way to harness the power of the sun—by recreating it, in small doses, here on Earth.
Assistant Professor Sam Guyer Guyer Receives Early CAREER Award
Sam Guyer, Assistant Professor in Computer Science, received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his project entitled "Cooperative Virtual Machines: Mechanisms and Policies for Application-Aware Runtime Services."
Dean Linda Abriola Abriola Named Top American Woman in Science
Linda M. Abriola, dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts University, has been recognized among the top American women in science. Dean Abriola appears in "American Women of Science Since 1900" an encyclopedia focused on 500 of the 20th century's most notable American women scientists.
Vandervelde Earns Air Force YIP Grant for Photodetection Research Vandervelde Earns Air Force Grant for Photodetection Research
Tom Vandervelde, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received an Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) grant for his work on exploring and increasing the capabilities of photodetectors with applications for advances in biomedical diagnostics, health care, and sustainable energy.
Citizen engineer Allison St. Vincent models the effects of air pollution Citizen Engineer Allison St. Vincent Models the Effects of Air Pollution
Graduate student Allison St. Vincent has been researching ultrafine particles in air pollution as part of the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH) initiative, led by Professor Doug Brugge at the Tufts School of Medicine and John Durant, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Currently a second year Ph.D. candidate, her work has already earned her numerous accolades, including an EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship.
Drew Endy gives inaugural lecture for Kim Knox Lecture Series in Engineering Ethics Endy Gives Inaugural Lecture for Kim Knox Lecture Series in Engineering Ethics
Stanford University biologist Drew Endy delivered the inaugural Knox Lecture in Engineering Ethics, sponsored by the Tufts Gordon Institute. According to Endy, biotechnology can play a role in solving problems like dependence on oil, but the biologist cautions that developments in the field may create new ethical dilemmas with which the public will have to grapple.
As cholera makes a comeback, an engineering student seeks ways to combat it Deadly Resurgence
As cholera makes a comeback, Maimuna Majumder, E'12, seeks ways to combat it. Majumder spent the summer in Bangladesh, beginning a study of 10 years worth of cholera patient data to see which variables seemed to play a role in protecting people from the disease.
McNamara Delivers Fall Lyon & Bendheim Alumni Lecture McNamara Delivers Fall Lyon & Bendheim Alumni Lecture
Engineering consultant Pamela McNamara (E'81) returned to the Hill to speak with students about the significance of critical thinking and problem solving in the workplace, skills that she called essential to engineers and liberal arts students alike.
Tufts Launches Water Diplomacy Doctoral Program. Photo credit: Michael Melgar Tufts Launches Water Diplomacy Doctoral Program
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $4.2M, five-year grant to Tufts' Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) initiative to create an interdisciplinary doctoral program in water diplomacy. Tufts' IGERT team, led by Professor Shafiqul Islam, comprises 17 faculty members from three schools, with eight U.S. partners and five international partners.
Aleksandar Stanković, Professor in electrical engineering Stanković Named Alvin H. Howell Professor in Electrical Engineering
Aleksandar Stanković has been named the inaugural Howell Professor in Electrical Engineering. Stanković's research on electric energy processing has applications for power systems. He recently received an award from the National Science Foundation to improve the containment of complex system-wide events such as blackouts.
Matthias Scheutz, Associate Professor in computer science Engineering Welcomes New Faculty Members
This year, the School of Engineering has recruited six new tenure-track faculty members, four of whom have started in fall 2010. Computer Science Associate Professor Matthias Scheutz's (left) current research and teaching interests focus on complex cognitive and affective robots with natural language capabilities for natural human-robot interaction.
Matriculation Meet the Incoming Engineers
This was another banner year for Tufts School of Engineering, with freshman applications up by more than 5%. This represents the school's fourth consecutive record-breaking applicant pool, with a total increase in applications of 32% since 2006. The number of graduate applications to the school also grew substantially, increasing nearly 20% over last year.
Silk-based metamaterial photographed on a background of silk fibers. The tiny, flexible devices can be rolled into capsule-like shapes. Implantable Silk Metamaterials Could Advance Biomedicine, Biosensing
Research conducted by biomedical engineering professors Fiorenzo Omenetto, David Kaplan and collaborators at Boston University, provides a promising path towards the development of a new class of metamaterial-inspired implantable biosensors and biodetectors.
A MEMS device designed by doctoral student Jonathan Krause gives a fine-grained look yet at the turbulent forces encountered by a jet aircraft. Tiny Microphone Array May Help Tame the Effects of Turbulence
Doctoral student Joshua Krause builds hypersensitive microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) arrays that may give the most fine-grained look yet at the various forces encountered by a jet aircraft as it cuts through the atmosphere.
Chris Jackson, E'13, revvs up the Tufts Hybrid Racing Team entry for the 2010 Formula Hybrid Competition Get Your Motor Running
Friday afternoons are notoriously quiet on college campuses, but not inside a work space at Bray Laboratory. In a back room, a group of students were working on a Formula-1 style race car as they did every Friday afternoon, preparing for the fourth annual Formula Hybrid Competition.
Adam Carberry (G'05) received the Citizenship and Public Service award for his role as the program manager of the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP). Graduate Students Win Top Tufts Awards
Graduate students Adam Carberry (left) and Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan received Tufts Presidential Awards for Citizenship and Public Service for their research and "outstanding civic achievement."
Scientists have developed a brain implant that essentially melts into place, snugly fitting to the brain's surface. Photo credit: John Rogers A Brain-Recording Device that Melts into Place
Biomedical engineers David Kaplan and Fio Omenetto have helped develop a brain implant that essentially melts into place, snugly fitting to the brain's surface. The technology could pave the way for better devices to monitor and control seizures, and to transmit signals from the brain past damaged parts of the spinal cord.
Photo credit: John Rogers
Angelo Sassaroli, Sergio Fantini and Yang Yu are developing better diagnostic tools for breast cancer that could replace the traditional mammogram. White Light
New technology in Sergio Fantini's lab has the potential to provide diagnostic information about breast tissue in a way that could complement--and perhaps one day replace--the standard mammogram.
Will Langford uses his passion for engineering to energize the do-it-yourself community. Langford founded the Tufts Robotics Club. If you build it...
Will Langford, E'12, (left) uses his passion for engineering to energize the do-it-yourself community. Langford founded the Tufts Robotics Club.
A collapsed building in Haiti's capitol city of Port-au-Prince, the result of poor construction materials. Safety Hits Home
Geotechnical engineer Gabrielle Rigaud, EG'10, was part of a 10-member team led by the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) to assess post-earthquake infrastructure damage in Haiti.
Robert Metcalfe Delivers Spring Dean's Lecture Lessons from the Internet May Help Solve Energy Crisis
According to Robert Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, the pressing global need for cheap and clean energy can be met by using networking concepts from the development of the Internet. If the Internet is any guide, when we are done solving energy, we are not going to use less energy but much, much more--a squanderable abundance, just like we have in computation, says Metcalfe.
Luisa Chiesa Receives Early Career Award from Department of Energy Junior Faculty Receive Prestigious Awards
In Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professors, Sameer Sonkusale and Valencia Joyner have received early CAREER awards from the National Science Foundation. Valencia Joyner will continue research in wireless optical sensors for high resolution imaging of biological structures. Sameer Sonkusale will pursue research in nanoelectrochemical systems. In Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor Luisa Chiesa received an early career award from the U.S. Department of Energy for her work in superconducting technology for magnet systems in fusion machines.
Homegrown Talent Heads Up CEEO Homegrown Talent Heads Up CEEO
Starting this spring, three engineering graduates will assume leadership positions within the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO). Engineers Merredith Portsmore, Ethan Danahy, and Morgan Hynes will enhance the School of Engineering's research and educational programs at the CEEO.
Ellen Kullman, E78, CEO of Dupont, delivers Lyon & Bendheim Lecture Kullman Delivers Leadership in Lyon & Bendheim Alumni Lecture
Ellen Kullman, E78, CEO of DuPont, Tufts Trustee and Engineering Board Overseer, gave the Spring 2010 Lecture in the Lyon & Bendheim Lecture Alumni Series. Ms. Kullman shared how her experiences at Tufts School of Engineering influenced her exciting and successful career as a business leader. Read an interview with Ms. Kullman in the Tufts Daily.
McDonnells Pledge $3 Million to Enhance Engineering Instruction McDonnells Pledge $3 Million to Enhance Engineering Instruction
The James S. McDonnell Family Foundation and members of the McDonnell family have pledged $3 million to support the growth of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) and to endow the McDonnell Family Professorship in Engineering Education at the School, pending Trustee approval. This generous gift will enhance the School of Engineering's research and educational programs in engineering education innovation, one the school's strategic areas.
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos named Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professorship in Energy Sustainability First Haber Professor of Sustainability Named
Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, whose research into fuel processing catalysts will make it less expensive to produce clean energy, has been named to the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professorship in Energy Sustainability in the School of Engineering.
Bernard Gordon Gives Transformative Gift to the School of Engineering Engineering Leaders
Dr. Bernard Gordon, known as the father of analog-to-digital conversion and for breakthroughs such as the fetal heart monitor and portable CT scan, has given a transformative gift to the School of Engineering to advance its engineering leadership education programs.
Kofi Aninakwa (E'11) Monitoring Change
Kofi Aninakwa (E'11) uses the Summer Scholar program to combine medicine and engineering through the creation of a wearable health monitor. Working with Sameer Sonkusale, electrical and computer engineering assistant professor, Aninakwa has spent this past summer building electrical circuits for this health sensor.
STOMP's tools of the trade STOMP Goes to Google
The Center for Engineering Education and Outreach's program called STOMP--Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program--now has a branch called iSTOMP in which Tufts students train industry engineers, like those at Google, to reach out to local schools and improve existing science, technology, engineering, and math curriculum using LEGO.
Shahan Nercessian Got the Edge Mapping the Technological Edges
Graduate student, Shahan Nercessian's research gives computers the 'vision' to make advances in medical and security imaging. The algorithms that Nercessian writes help computers determine the edges of an object, like the outline of a tumor in an MRI scan or a suspicious package in the airport security scanner.
Graduate Student Diversity Day Successful Graduate Student Diversity Day Successful
This summer, more than 140 undergraduate students from underrepresented groups visited Tufts campus to learn more about advanced degrees from Tufts' professional schools, as well as programs in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. This conference provided a window into higher education possibilities for students who, traditionally, make up a small percentage of the graduate student population in the United States.
Solar Decathlon Competition Solar House Teaches Tufts Students Sustainability
Engineers Dante DeMeo (E'08), Matt Thoms (E'10), and Mike Sidebottom (E'10) are three of the students working on the design and construction of an affordable and energy-efficient solar house as part of the 2009 Solar Decathlon competition. Tufts University, in conjunction with Boston Architectural College, has begun building the 800-sq ft. home for display on Washington, D.C.'s National Mall.
Matt Thoms Engineer Wins Environmental Scholarship
Matthew Thoms (E'10) has been named a Morris K. Udall Scholar for 2009. Candidates are selected based on commitment to environmental research and issues. As an engineer passionate about sustainability, Thoms' focus is on renewable power generation and his current research involves increasing the efficiency of solar panels.
Sarah Freeman Alumna Named a New Face of Engineering
Sarah Freeman (E'05, EG'08), a water resources engineer for the Louis Berger Group, has been named as one of the 2009 New Faces of Engineering by the National Engineers Week Foundation. Freeman recently conducted a two-year study using global water data sets and GIS to give a much richer picture of water availability in Africa than traditional studies have shown.
The Knox Lecture Series in Engineering Ethics is named for Kim Knox, associate dean for undergraduate education at the School of Engineering. Lecture Series on Ethics Named for Dean Knox
A new lecture series on engineering ethics gets underway, made possible by a $40,000 gift from an anonymous member of the School of Engineering's class of 1999.
Engineering Leadership Panel Exploring Attributes of Engineering Leadership
As part of Tufts School of Engineering's commitment to educating tomorrow's engineering leaders, the school hosted an engineering leadership panel to discuss both what makes an effective engineering leader and how to teach these attributes to future engineers.
Watch a video of the event.
Electric Truck Technology Engineering Innovation Gives Electric and Hybrid Cars a Boost
Technology developed by Ronald Goldner, Engineering Professor Emeritus, could recharge the batteries of any hybrid electric and electric-powered vehicles, thereby increasing the miles per gallon or total driving range performance of vehicles like the Honda Civic by 20 to 70 percent. The technology actively uses the weight of a vehicle for energy recovery and could help speed the expansion of the hybrid and battery electric vehicle market from cars to vehicles of greater size, weight and payloads.
Mike Stefaniak takes to the skies over New Hampshire's Mount Washington Flights of Fancy: Engineers Create Virtual Hang Time
Engineer Mike Stefaniak, along with teammates Daniel Thayer and Rachel Yu, created a virtual hang gliding flight simulator for their mechanical engineering senior project.
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