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Dear Alumni,

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. https://2014bushlecture.eventbrite.com

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!

Best regards,

Dean Linda M. Abriola
(Dean of Engineering)

Alumni Profile

Alla Epshteyn, E09
Alla Epshteyn, E09
From Belarus To Brookline
To Tampa Bay

Epshteyn, former president of Tufts' Society of Women Engineers, now works at Tampa's Draper Laboratory, studying cell metabolism and micro-fluidic platforms that mimic the environment in which a cell exists.

"I get to meet with top experts in their fields and work with biologists, chemists and other engineers. And it's so cool to know that what I'm doing is going to directly help people," she says.

Spotlight - Alumni

Sam Veeraraghavan (EG'10) was named one of the New Faces of Engineering 2011. Sam has developed technology-based solutions to address global humanitarian issues for children with disabilities, women and students below poverty lines in India.