Dear Tufts Engineering Graduate:
Spring semester is off to a fantastic start!
I am pleased to report that, for the first time, the number of
applications to our undergraduate programs has surpassed 3,000. This
represents an astonishing 15 percent increase over last year and our
seventh consecutive record applicant pool. Overall, engineering
applications have risen 75 percent in the past decade. This is also
a historic moment for both undergraduate schools, with acceptance
rates for undergraduates in the class of 2017 projected to fall
below 20 percent.
In faculty news, I am pleased to announce that we have received
Trustee approval for three named professorships: Mechanical
Engineering Chair William Messner is the first holder of the John R.
Beaver Professorship; Fiorenzo Omenetto, professor of biomedical
engineering, has been named the Frank C. Doble Professor; and
Benjamin Shapiro, assistant professor of computer science is the
McDonnell Family Professor in Engineering Education.
Ben is among a group of talented new tenure-track faculty members
beginning their careers at Tufts mid-year. This January, we also
welcomed Associate Professor Mai Vu (ECE) whose research interests
include wireless communications, information theory, and signal
processing and Professor Igor Sokolov (ME) whose work focuses on
nanomechanics of soft material, cells and biomolecules, and
nanophotonics. Also of special note, Noah Mendelsohn was named as
the computer science department’s first professor of the practice.
I am also extremely proud of our junior faculty members who recently
received prestigious early career awards. Assistant Professor
Moaveni (CEE) is the recipient of a National Science Foundation
CAREER award to develop new and improved methods for monitoring
structural health. Catherine Kuo (BME) received a NSF CAREER award
for her bioengineering research on how internal cell scaffolding
regulates the mechanical properties of developing tissue. Tom
Vandervelde (ECE), a 2011 NSF CAREER awardee, was awarded the
Intelligence Community Young Investigator Award for his work on
I also want to extend my congratulations to Professor Diane Souvaine
(CS) who has been tapped by Tufts' leadership as the university's
new Vice Provost for Research. Diane brings much talent and
experience to this role, and we are delighted that the university
has selected one of our own for this important position.
Thank you to all our alumni who joined us for the recent Lyon and
Bendheim Lecture with David Greenwald who taught our successful
High-Technology Entrepreneurship graduate-level course at Tufts
Gordon Institute this fall. (If you missed the fall Lyon and Bendheim Lecture with
Seth Godin, E82, be sure to watch the video of his
lecture.) Thanks also to those alumni who joined us for our annual
student-alumni networking night.
We hope to see you on campus in the spring!
Linda M. Abriola
Dean of Engineering