This past year has been a busy one for alumni outreach. In February, the dean traveled to San Francisco to attend an alumni event hosted by Michele and Steve Kirsch, E18P, and Marieke and Jeffrey Rothschild, E18P. Mr. Rothschild was invited to campus in April to present the inaugural dean’s lecture, in which he spoke about his experience as the Vice President of Engineering for Facebook and his career as a serial entrepreneur. That same week, the dean gave a lecture on the future of engineering education as part of a reception celebrating his being named the Karol Family Professor, an endowed chair created through the generosity of Michelle M. Karol, A04P, A13P, and her husband, Trustee and Engineering Board of Advisors member Steven E. Karol, A76, A04P, A13P. Later that month, the dean was introduced at a New York area alumni event that also featured New Ventures Competition winners at a reception hosted by Charles Bonello, A07, at Grand Central Tech.
For this past year's Lyon & Bendheim Lecture Series, we welcomed Emanuel Stern, A85, the managing principal at Tall Pines Capital, a New York City-based, privately-held real estate investment firm. In the spring, we hosted Omer Trajman, E00, CEO of Rocana, a company that recently raised $19 million to simplify and accelerate how large-scale companies run teams and track and fix data issues on the fly. In February, Jonathan Kaplan and Robin Kahan, Associate Director of Tufts Career Center, organized the annual StudentAlumni Networking Night, which drew a record number of students and alumni. This year also featured the fourth Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize Lecture, in which members from last year’s prize-winning team presented their project, Spotlight Parking, an on-demand valet service and mobile app.