Spring semester is off to a fantastic start!
I am delighted to report that, for the second year in a row,
applications to our undergraduate programs have surpassed 3,000. The
surge to 3,728 marks a 17 percent increase over last year's
applications and is our eighth consecutive record pool. Overall,
engineering applications have doubled in the past decade. Based upon
the strong applicant pool for the Class of 2018, the Admissions
Office is projecting a new Tufts record for selectivity—for the
School of Arts and Sciences as well as the SOE—when decisions are
released in late March.
I am also very pleased to announce that Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
(ChBE), the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy
Sustainability, has been elected to the National Academy of
Engineering. Her election to the NAE recognizes her as a leader in
the field of clean energy technologies and underscores her
importance to our community as one of our most valued faculty
members in the area of ‘engineering for sustainability'—one of the
school's three strategic cross-disciplinary focus areas.
Two members of our senior faculty have been named fellows of
their professional societies. Frank C. Doble Professor Fio
Omenetto (BME) was named Fellow of the American Physical
Society and Professor Elena Naumova (CEE) was
elected a member of the International Statistical Institute. IEEE
honored Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Karen Panetta (ECE) with the William E. Sayle II Award for
Achievement in Education.
Kudos also to junior faculty member Usman Khan
(ECE) who recently received a National Science Foundation CAREER
award to develop new and improved methods for monitoring structural
health. In other research news, Stern Family Professor David
Kaplan was awarded a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck
Foundation to support continued research in tissue regeneration with
Vannevar Bush Professor Michael Levin (Biology).
Finally, I am pleased to invite you to our second Vannevar Bush
Dean's Medal Lecture presented by mechanical engineering alumnus,
Richard H. Frenkiel, E63. Mr. Frenkiel, a recipient
of the National Medal of Technology was recently awarded, along with
his engineering colleagues, the NAE's Charles Stark Draper prize for
his work on cellular network systems. If you are in the area, please
join us for the lecture on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3:00pm.
Please be on the lookout for information about our rescheduled
Tufts Engineering Career Networking Night. We will publicize the new
date as soon as we can.
We hope to see you on campus in the spring!
Dean Linda M. Abriola
(Dean of Engineering)