Dear Tufts Engineering Graduate:
Thank you all who could join us for
Commencement and alumni reunion weekend.
It was wonderful to celebrate our community’s
achievements together, especially in light of the recent,
senseless events of the Boston marathon bombing and
subsequent aftermath. In the wake of this tragedy, there
were countless acts of generosity and support—both mental
and physical—for everyone affected. Our emergency management
and communications professionals worked hard to keep our
community safe and informed. Though we were deeply shaken,
we are fortunate and grateful to find a way to move though
grief to find joy in the year’s accomplishments.
I was pleased to preside over our first doctoral hooding
ceremony. On Saturday of Commencement weekend, we graduated
28 and hooded 21 candidates—our largest doctoral cohort in
the school’s history that included two of my own PhDs in the
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
We also hosted our first
World Health Day event, focusing on sensor and
information technology in the areas of new devices, disaster
management, smart sensors, and visual analytics. Learn more
about World Health Day and watch videos from the plenary
In faculty news, three of our faculty members recently
attained fellowship in their professional societies.
Professor David Walt was named Fellow of
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Research
Professor Barbara Brodsky was named Fellow
of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Associate Professor David Gute (CEE) was
elevated to Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.
Gute also received the Henry and Madeline Fischer Award—
otherwise known as "Engineering's Teacher of the Year"
award. On a bittersweet note, Professor Nakho Sung,
retired this year from the Department of Chemical and
Biological Engineering. In recognition of his many
contributions to Tufts, we were pleased to name him
Professor Emeritus and honor him with the Seymour O. Simches
Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising.
In programmatic news, Travis Brown
stepped down from his position as director of our Center for
STEM Diversity this past winter to join his wife in
California and assume a position there as the new director
of Pomona College's Quantitative Skills Center. Travis was
beloved by all here at Tufts, and we wish him much success
in this new undertaking. Fortunately, we were able to
attract a new director, Darryl N. Williams,
who has accepted the new position of Associate Dean for
Recruitment, Retention, and Community Engagement in the
School of Engineering. Dr. Williams is a chemical engineer
(PhD, University of Maryland), with longstanding interest
and experience in engineering education. He joined us this
April from Washington, D.C., where he held a program
director position at the National Science Foundation,
focusing on engineering education.
Read a conversation between Darryl and Travis about
bridge programs and keeping students in the STEM fields.
Thanks again to everyone who joined us for our eighth
annual Alumni Weekend Engineering Reception to see
presentations from our music engineering students. If you
missed the event, take a
look at the video below.
Have a wonderful and restful summer. I look forward to
sharing news in the fall at the start of another exciting
and productive year for Tufts engineering.
Linda M. Abriola
Dean of Engineering