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Dear Alumni,

As the academic year draws to a close, I am delighted to share some wonderful achievements of our students and faculty. I can highlight only a few in this brief message, so I encourage you to scroll down and peruse all of the exciting news items below.

Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate student Nicole Pfiester Latham was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to support her research on materials to harness energy from low-temperature sources, such as body heat or thermal radiation from cars. Chemical engineering junior Andrew Rosen was honored with a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

The TGI Entrepreneurial Leadership Program’s $100K New Ventures Competition celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. The number and quality of competition entries continues to grow with representation from most of Tufts’ schools. Despite the stiff competition, four out of the six finalist teams included Tufts engineers and computer scientists.

In research news, I am proud to announce that two of our professors have recently received highly competitive Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) awards. Professor Matthias Scheutz (CS) will lead a team of university researchers to explore how to design a robot with the ability to learn, reason with, act upon and communicate about the laws, norms, and societal conventions that guide human behavior. Professor Jeff Hopwood (ECE) will collaborate with a research team in the development of high bandwidth reconfigurable plasma-based systems for controlling electromagnetic fields.

In faculty news, it is with bittersweet emotions that I share the news that Professor Carla Brodley (CS) will be leaving us to assume the deanship of Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information Science. It has been my great pleasure to work with Carla over these past ten years. She has been a tremendous asset to the community, providing vision and leadership, both as the chair of Computer Science and as an interdisciplinary researcher. We wish her much success and fulfillment in this next phase of her career.

I also must sadly note the passing of two of our faculty colleagues. At the end of last year, the CEE department lost Professor of the Practice Rachid Hankour following his brief battle with cancer; and in April of this year, CEE Professor Emeritus N. Bruce Hanes fell victim to a sudden heart attack. Professor Hanes who retired in 1992, was the individual credited with the founding of Tufts Environmental Engineering and Environmental Health Engineering Programs. Both individuals made indelible marks on the department and the larger Tufts community and will be sorely missed.

On a happier note, this week it will be my distinct pleasure to honor CEE Professor Lewis Edgers with the Seymour O. Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising, the school’s highest honor, and to name him Professor Emeritus in recognition of his many contributions to Tufts, as a teacher, administrator, and scholar. At Commencement, we will also be honoring CEE Senior Lecturer Lee Minardi who is retiring this year after a Tufts career that spanned almost 25 years. Director of the Tufts Gordon Institute and ME Professor of the Practice Robert Hannemann will also be retiring this year after seven years of service to the school in which he raised the profile of TGI, doubled enrollment, and strengthened and expanded TGI’s academic offerings. We wish them joy and fulfillment in this next stage of their lives and hope that they will remain part of our community for many years to come.

On Saturday, May 17, I will preside over our second doctoral hooding ceremony on the lawn next to Bromfield-Pearson. Later that day, I hope you will join me in Anderson Hall for our ninth annual Alumni Weekend Engineering Reception to meet the members of the Tufts racing team who recently prepared to participate in the Formula Hybrid Competition.

I look forward to seeing some of you on campus this Commencement weekend and to sharing more news in the fall at the start of another exciting and productive year for Tufts engineering.

Best regards,

Dean Linda M. Abriola
(Dean of Engineering)

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