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Dear Alumni,

The days are lengthening and we are welcoming spring after our recording breaking winter.

Another admissions cycle is coming to a close. I’m delighted to report that for the third year in a row, applications to our undergraduate programs have surpassed 3,000 (3,676 this year, slightly below our record pool last year). Women continue to make up a third of the incoming class. Based upon the equally strong applicant pool for the Class of 2019, the Admissions Office is projecting an acceptance rate of 16 percent—a similar selectivity to last year.

Congratulations to our women’s basketball team, which won the NESCAC, NCAA Regional and NCAA Sectional titles for the second year in a row—and last month made it to the NCAA semifinals. For the second straight week since the spring season started, ChBE senior Allyson Fournier of the Tufts softball team has been selected as NESCAC's Pitcher of the Week.

Our graduate students have garnered prestigious fellowships through the Naval Research Labs, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health, as well as continuing to publish cutting edge research on engineering for human health. Engineering is also well-represented in this year’s annual Graduate Awards ceremony with awards for outstanding scholarship and contributions to engineering education.

Recent alumni awardees include Paul Kelley, E77, EG79, of Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc., who was selected to receive the school’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award, and Brendon Providence, E08, EG13, selected to receive the school’s Outstanding Service Award. Congratulations are also in order for our alumnus Jack Whitehead, E63, scientist emeritus at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who, last December, was awarded the 2014 Maurice Ewing Medal from the America Geophysical Union.

Trustee and Board of Advisor Ellen Kullman, E78, Chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont, was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), which is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Kullman was elected “for leadership in the business growth and transformation of a global science and engineering company.” She was also named Drexel University's 2015 Engineering Leader of the Year and received the 2015 International Palladium Medal from the Société de Chimie Industrielle–American Section for her distinguished contributions to the chemical industry. 

In faculty news, I am pleased to announce that three senior faculty members were named fellows of their professional societies. Associate Professor Tom James (ME) was named fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers and Kyongbum Lee (ChBE) and Irene Georgakoudi (BME) were named fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Kudos also go to junior faculty members Qiaobing Xu (BME), Remco Chang (CS), and Ben Shapiro (CS) who recently received National Science Foundation CAREER awards.

April is proving to be a busy month here in engineering! This week, we’ll hear pitches from the 2015 finalists in Tufts Gordon Institutes $100K New Ventures competition. On April 9 at 4 p.m., I will be giving a lecture in Alumnae Lounge on my research and the growth of our school on the occasion of my being named University Professor. On April 17, in honor of the late Greg Botsaris, Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biological Engineering, we will be holding a special research symposium in Nelson Auditorium beginning at 8:30 a.m. Finally, please join us as we honor the scholarship and accomplishments of our graduate students and alumni at our Graduate Awards Ceremony on April 24 at 4 p.m. in Distler Auditorium.

If we don't see you this month, we look forward to seeing you on campus for Commencement!

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.


Travel with Tufts

Holland & Belgium- River Cruise

Dates: May 1 -
May 9, 2015

Holland & Belgium- River Cruise

Journey with us along the waterways of Holland and Belgium aboard the exclusively chartered, award-winning M.S. Amadeus Silver. We will begin with an evening cruise through Amsterdam's picturesque canals, then stroll through a 700-tree labyrinth and a floral display in Keukenhof Gardens.

Learn more about this journey with Tufts' Travel-Learn Program.