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Messner Speaks with Metro About Driverless Trains
On December 13, 2015, Professor Bill Messner spoke with the the Boston Metro about the possibility of driverless trains in the public transportation system, commenting on the recent "Ghost Train" mishap where a Red Line train left a T station without its driver. "From a technology standpoint, it's certainly doable. It's a question of expense, really, and of course public acceptance of autonomous trains." Messner commented that the MBTA is not a good case for "robotic retrofitting" because it was never designed to be an autonomous system.
[posted 12/13/15]

Messner Speaks to CCTV About Hybrid Technology
On December 1, 2015, Professor Bill Messner spoke with CCTV America about the need for governments to provide subsidies to car manufacturers that are producing cars with hybrid technologies. "The problem here is emissions," said Messner, also the John R. Beaver Professor of Mechanical Engineering. "Until better battery technology is available, we should concentrate on plug-in hybrids and hybrids." When asked what statement should come out of the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21), Messner said: "Governments should be providing subsidies for those vehicles—big subsidies. It's a big win. If we think about something like Los Angeles or China, these vehicles are very clean, especially in congested conditions because you're not running the internal combustion."
[posted 12/7/15]

Rife and Misra Awarded Grant for Characterizing GBAS Performance
Associate Professor Jason Rife and Professor of the Practice Pratap Misra were recently awarded a grant for "Characterizing Performance of the Ground Based Augmentation System". Enhanced navigation capabilities will be essential in realizing the FAA's vision for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). In particular, the current NextGen working plan assumes that the Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) for GPS will be widely available within the next decade. Much progress has been made certifying Cat I GBAS (i.e., approach and landing down to a 200-foot altitude). However, proposed operations in NextGen will also require GBAS services that have not yet been certified, including precision touchdown and rollout (using GBAS Approach Service Type D, GAST-D, also known as Cat IIIb GBAS). Rife and Misra will investigate challenges associated with proving GAST-D system safety. In particular, they are seeking to develop methods to characterize the performance of integrity monitoring algorithms, such as Signal Deformation Monitoring (SDM), which continuously monitor the GPS satellites to identify rare but potentially hazardous signal anomalies.
[posted 11/19/15]

Sokolov and Dokukin Expand AFM Capabilities for Soft Materials
Professor Igor Sokolov and postdoctoral student Maxim Dokukin have pioneered a new way to use a combination of existing spectroscopy technologies to generate mechanical data from tissues and other kinds of "soft" biological materials at resolutions as much as 100 times better than current methods. The technique could lead to faster and more accurate diagnostic tests for a range of diseases or even offer insight into how we grow old. The research was published in Scientific Reports, an open-access journal put out by the group that produces the journal Nature.
[posted 11/6/15]

Hodes Awarded NSF Grant for Low-Cost, Large-Scale Aerogels Nanomanufacturing
Associate Professor Marc Hodes was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for his proposal "Low-Cost, Large-Scale Nanomanufacturing of Superinsulating Aerogels and Lightweight, Mechanically-Strong Aerogels."  Mechanically-robust aerogels can be used as lighter weight replacements for plastics to reduce the weight of vehicles, improving fuel efficiency by 10 percent. During aerogel manufacturing, supercritical carbon dioxide-based extraction is commonly utilized to remove liquid from a gel while preserving the solid nanostructure of the gel skeleton. This process accounts for as much as 50 percent of manufacturing costs, requires copious amounts of carbon dioxide and energy and stifles throughput. This research award will provide a scientific foundation to enable development and piloting of fast, efficient drying processes that preserve the skeleton of aerogels. It will enable lower costs, scaling of quantities and dimensions and diversification of materials.
[posted 9/9/15]

Guasto Awarded NSF Grant for "Transport and Chemotaxis of Swimming Cells in Porous Media Flows"
Assistant Professor Jeff Guasto was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for his proposal "Transport and Chemotaxis of Swimming Cells in Porous Media Flows." Many kinds of cells are capable of generating their own propulsion in liquids. In their natural habitats and in engineered systems, swimming cells have to navigate through complex microstructures in response to various chemical signals from food sources and other organisms. Guasto will use a combination of theory, numerical simulation, and experiments to examine the relative importance of fluid flows, boundary structures and chemical stimuli on the locomotion of individual cells and collections of cells. The results will be applicable to ecological processes and diverse technologies, including bioreactors, bioremediation, and preservation of clean water.
[posted 9/2/15]

Messner Authors 3D-Bioetching Paper
John R. Beaver Professor William Messner and co-authors in a recent article in Lab on a Chip explain the utility of 3D bioetching technique to create and shape 3D composite tissues using a microfluidics based approach. The ability to shape the 3D form of multicellular tissues and to control 3D stimulation will have a high impact on tissue engineering and regeneration applications in bioengineering and medicine as well as provide significant improvements of highly complex 3D integrated multicellular biosystems. Read more on the Lab on a Chip blog.
[posted 8/3/15]

Tufts ME Places Second in University Design Competition to Address Airport Needs
The Transportation Research Board Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) selected winners for its University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. The Tufts team, including Jessica Scolnic, David Young, Astrid Veroy, and advisor Maureen Mulcare, took second place in the runway safety category for their research project "Preventing Runway Incursions: A Vehicle Monitoring and Alert System Using RFID Technology."
[posted 6/13/15]

Tufts Robotics Places Third at Intel-Cornell Cup
Members of the Tufts Robotics Club team placed third in the Intel-Cornell Cup at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Read more about the design and testing phase of their robotic arm. The team also won the poster presentation and exam portions of the Trinity College International Robotic Contest in Connecticut at the end of March.
[posted 5/4/15]

Sokolov Research Published in PLOS One, Chemical & Engineering News
Professor Igor Sokolov previously reported research findings that a fungal toxin, cytochalasin B, can restore elasticity to skin cells. Now, his team has shown that the toxin can shrink skin cells, too (PLOS One 2015, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122774). Sokolov and his research team applied a cream containing cytochalasin B to murine skin cells and found that it reduced their cell size by around 50 percent. Read more in C&EN.
[posted 5/1/15]

Tufts Racing Takes First in All-Electric at Formula Hybrid
Congratulations to seniors Alyssa Hatch and Ray Bjorkman, captains of the Tufts Racing team, for their first place win in the all-electric class at the Formula Hybrid competition held April 27-30, 2015 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Follow Tufts Racing on Facebook.
[posted 4/30/15]

Students Design App to Help Concord Residents Track Energy Usage
A team of mechanical engineering students working with Professor of the Practice Robert Hannemann and in collaboration with the Town of Concord's Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee (CSEC), performed a study and designed a software application to help home owners see how much money they can save, how much oil consumption they can avoid, and what kind of benefit to the environment they can attain by heating their homes with electric heat pumps in place of burning oil. On April 29, 2015, the student team and the CSEC made a presentation about their findings and recommendations to the Concord, Mass. community at a forum called "Using Heat Pumps to Reduce Carbon and Reduce Your Oil Bills."
[posted 4/29/15]

Allen Wins Graduate Student Award
Nathaniel Allen was selected to receive one of the 2015 School of Engineering awards for Outstanding Academic Scholarship. The award recognizes Nathaniel for distinguished himself in research, especially technical publication. He received the award at the 17th annual Graduate Student Awards ceremony held April 24, 4-6 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall. In addition, the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Organization (MEGSO) received the Outstanding Graduate Student Organization award from Tufts' Graduate Student Council.
[posted 4/25/15]

Kennys and Tufts Engineering Mentors Named Presidential Award Winners
John and Michael Kenny received the 2015 Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service for their development and fostering of the Tufts Engineering Mentors program, which pairs upperclassmen with first and second-year students. The Presidential Award is the university's highest honor for students who do exceptional work in local or global communities and have an impact on pressing social challenges. The group has had success bringing in alumni and industry speakers for a multitude of networking events and workshops in career development.
[posted 4/24/15]

Tufts Announces Launch of Center for Applied Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Researchers from Tufts University and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) are joining forces to advance our understanding of how people think, function, and interact in demanding environments. This new center represents a collaborative partnership in cognitive science research co-directed and co-managed by researchers from both institutions. "We hope to increase understanding of how individuals and teams adapt and sustain performance in high-stakes environments," says Holly A. Taylor, a professor of psychology at Tufts School of Arts and Sciences, an adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and lead investigator from the Tufts team.
[posted 3/27/15]

Matson Discusses Electromagnetic Levitator with NASA
Associate Professor Doug Matson spoke with NASA Public Affairs Officer Amiko Kauderer about the Electromagnetic Levitator, a piece of physics experiment hardware operating in the International Space Station's Columbus laboratory. The EML is a furnace that can heat metals to more than 2,000 degrees Celsius and then cool them rapidly, and by doing so in a weightless environment—with the samples suspended in mid-air—allows scientists to more clearly observe some of the complex core processes of physics. Watch the interview on youtube.com.
[posted 3/4/15]

Kullman Named Member of National Academy of Engineering
Alumna Ellen Kullman, E78, former 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."
[posted 2/25/15]

Kullman Received the 2015 Drexel Engineering Leader of the Year Award
Alumna Ellen Kullman, E78, former Chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont, was named Drexel University's 2015 Engineering Leader of the Year. Kullman, also a member of the Tufts Board of Trustees and Engineering Board of Advisors, is honored for her leadership in the development of technology-based solutions to societal problems, and as a role model for current and future generations of engineers. Kullman is the second woman after Dean Linda M. Abriola, to receive the award.
[posted 1/7/15]


Bargar, E12, Systems Analyst at Intuitive Surgical
Alumnus Clifford Bargar, E12, recently received an master's in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and accepted a position at Intuitive Surgical located in Sunnyvale, CA as a Systems Analyst. "I'm excited to get to design and build surgical robots, following my father Robert Bargar M81 and grandfather Harold Bargar A44, M47 into the medical field," says Cliff.

Whitehead, E63, Receives AGU's 2014 Maurice Ewing Medal
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Scientist Emeritus Dr. John (Jack) Whitehead, E63, has been selected to receive the 2014 Maurice Ewing Medal from the America Geophysical Union (AGU). The Maurice Ewing Medal is given annually to one honoree in recognition for "significant original contributions to the ocean sciences." Whitehead is being recognized for "his many contributions to physical oceanography and geological fluid dynamics, including the dynamics of rotating hydraulics and mantle plumes, through the combination of novel and deceptively simple laboratory experiments and theory." Whitehead's research has focused on the complex fluid mechanics of the oceans and planetary interiors. His work has included laboratory and theoretical modeling of geophysical flows, especially buoyancy-driven flows in the ocean and in the earth.

Kachanov Delivers Keynote on Heterogeneous Materials
Professor Mark Kachanov delivered the keynote address at the University of Vienna, which hosted a mini symposium intended to bridge the gap between mechanical engineers and earth scientists. In the morning, he spoke about the effective properties of heterogeneous materials and in the afternoon session, he spoke on the effective viscosity of suspensions.

James Named ASME Fellow
Associate Professor Tom James has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). During his career to date, professor James has been successful as a practicing engineer, an engineering manager and executive, and as an academic. In his current role at Tufts, professor James has excelled as a teacher and mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students and as a collaborative researcher across several disciplines. As a design engineer, manager, and executive in industry for more than 14 years, he has been a product innovator and a strong leader both in the United States and in Asia.

Kullman Awarded the 2015 International Palladium Medal
Mechanical engineering alumna Ellen Kullman, E78, is the 2015 recipient of the International Palladium Medal from the The Société de Chimie Industrielle–American Section for her distinguished contributions to the chemical industry and thereby to the enhancement of the international aims and objectives of the Société de Chimie Industrielle. Kullman is the former chair of the board and chief executive officer of DuPont, and she is on the board of trustees of Tufts University and the board of advisors for Tufts School of Engineering.

Rogers Featured in Globe for Robotics Education
Professor Chris Rogers was mentioned in The Boston Globe Magazine on the increasing use of robotics curriculum in STEM education. He comments on the need to teach robotics differently from other subjects because there are many right answers in the engineering design process. The article also mentions the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and the importance of training and supporting teachers.

Messner Published in PNAS
John R. Beaver Professor and Chair William Messner and collaborators from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh published a paper in the journal PNAS on a new form of cellular signaling. The team developed a new method for viewing mechanical processes at a cellular level and discovered that intercellular contraction responses can be transmitted across multiple cells through mechanical signaling, rather than biochemically or electrochemically. Read more about the research and its impact in Reuters.

Sokolov Awarded NSF MRI and CMMI Grants
Professor Igor Sokolov was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) grant for the acquisition of Raman-AFM-Lifetime system for materials research and training. The imaging system will collect data for multiple parameters much faster than previously possible, allowing for the use of the instrument for real-time demonstrations for students. The system will allow the study of organic materials in a non-destructive way using Raman spectra, atomic force microscopy, and optical excitation for a better understanding of surface properties. Sokolov also received an NSF Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) award to study the dynamic biomechanical properties of cells.

New Book Edited by Messner
John R. Beaver Professor and Chair William Messner is the editor of a new book on autonomous vehicles titled Autonomous Technologies: Applications That Matter.

Misra Wins Kepler Award for Lifetime Achievement
Research Associate Professor Pratap Misra received the 2014 Kepler Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation (ION). Professor Misra was recognized for his contributions to satellite navigation education, the understanding of GLONASS, and receiver autonomous integrity monitoring.

Vannevar Bush Dean's Medal Lecture: Richard H. Frenkiel, E63
Mr. Richard H. Frenkiel, E63 — 2013 Charles Stark Draper Prize Recipient and 1994 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Recipient — delivered the second Vannevar Bush Dean's Medal Lecture at Tufts School of Engineering on April 17, 2014.

Rogers Wins "Engineering Teacher of the Year" Award
Professor Chris Rogers was awarded the Henry and Madeleine Fischer Award recognizing him as "Engineering's Teacher of the Year." Judged by a vote of the graduating seniors, he has demonstrated teaching excellence, inspired and motivated students to rise to their best, and left students with a lasting and gratifying memory of a special teacher and a profound intellectual experience.

Wongkew Wins Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service
Congratulations to Senior Bronson "Quinn" Wongkew, E14, who was among the 2014 recipients of the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service, which recognizes outstanding civic achievement across Tufts schools. Professor Chris Rogers presented the award at the award ceremony on April 24, 2014.

Solomon Wins HFES-NEC Best Presentation Award
Congratulations to human factors graduate student Tabitha Solomon, EG14, on receiving a best presentation award at the 2014 Human Factors & Ergonomics Society-New England Chapter student conference held at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. Her presentation was titled "Redesign of an Oscillating Bone Saw: Application of Human Factors Engineering to Reduce High Risk Postures of the Wrist and to Enhance Performance" and she focused on the history of the orthopedic surgery device, postural concerns, and safety issues observed with the current design during surgery and her test methodology. This is the fifth consecutive year a student from Tufts University has won this honor. Previous winners include Erin Davis (2013), Stacey Cunningham (2011), James Won (2010), and Maureen Mulcare (2009).

Seniors Take Second Place in $100K New Ventures Competition
Briana Bouchard, Diana Burns, and Claire Rogers, E14, took second place in the classic ventures track of the annual Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition sponsored by the Tufts Gordon Institute. As a part of their business venture Protector Medical, they have developed a technology called ivProtek that provides a unique, streamlined, and painless way to secure IVs.

Student Invention featured in National Fisherman
David Liebenberg and Willem Sandberg, E14, students of Associate Professor Tom James, were featured in a National Fisherman Magazine blog post for their product called TrapSaver, a device that reduces the amount of traps lost due to propeller cuts from boat traffic. The product, aimed at lobster fisherman, deploys a secondary flotation device in the event of a break in the cord connecting the trap with its primary buoy. They developed the trap-saving device as part of their senior design project.

2014 Mechanical Engineering Department Award Winners
Mechanical Engineering Prize – Qianrong Sun
Human Factors Engineering Prize – Vivien Lim (posthumous)
O'Leary Design Award – Michael Hagenow, Corey Mason, Gavin Murphy
Manno Leadership Award – Bronson Wongkew
Trefethen Fellowship – Peter Lewis
Mead Jonathan Taylor Prize – Zack Serlin

Briana Bouchard a 2014 TUAA Senior Award Honoree
Senior Briana Bouchard has been chosen for a Senior Award by the Tufts University Alumni Association. The Senior Awards, instituted in 1955, recognizes members of the Senior Class for academic achievement, participation in campus and community activities, and leadership. Bouchard served as Corporate Relations Chair and Publicity Chair for Tufts Society for Women Engineers, Tufts Admissions Tour Guide and Engineering Panelist, Senior Representative and Academic Chair for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Residential Assistant for Tufts University Office of Residential Life. As a researcher, she designed a medical device to assist in the insertion of IV catheters in babies and children, was part of a team that designed an award-winning audio speaker, and has extracted silk from silk worms to be used in breast implants for women who have had mastectomies.

Assistant Professor Gausto Publishes Bacterial 'Shear Trapping' Paper in Nature Physics
Assistant Professor Jeff Guasto and MIT collaborators have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work, published in Nature Physics, could have implications for the study of marine ecosystems, and for our understanding of how infections take hold in medical devices. Read the article in MIT News.


Parinova Wins Second Place in FAA Design Competition
Engineering psychology student Maria Parinova took second place in the Innovative Application of Data Challenge in the FAA Design Competition for her project Bulita Travel. Bulita Travel is an informational mobile application that allows users to view FAA statistics on aircraft delays and cancellations, which in turn helps them make educated decisions whether to fly or resort to another mode of transportation. Advised by Professor of the Practice Dan Hannon, Parinova created the app to provide users with a comprehensive transportation comparison engine, considering four different modes of transportation (aircraft, automobile, bus and train) and accounting for both price and total travel time. Check out her video submission.

Rogers Receives Teaching With Tech Award
Congratulations to Professor Chris Rogers for receiving honorable mention in this year's Tufts Teaching with Technology Awards. Professor Rogers was honored on May 22, 2013 at the Teaching with Technology Symposium — an annual event that provides faculty from across the university the opportunity to explore teaching techniques and technology tools used to enhance student learning.

Lam Receives Guertin Leadership Award
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering honored their graduate students at the Graduate Student Awards ceremony held on Friday, April 26, 2013. Doctoral candidate Lisa Lam received the Robert P. Guertin Graduate Student Leadership Award for outstanding student leadership in engineering. Click here for a full list of 2013 award winners.

String Receives Tufts Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service
Established in 1999, the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service annually recognizes outstanding civic achievement across Tufts schools. This year, Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco recognized the impressive civic accomplishments of 17 students, including doctoral candidate Gabrielle String. In collaboration with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Water System Science and Society (WSSS) Program, Gabrielle's research involved analysis of public health data from the community of El Cristal in Ecuador. Through Engineers Without Borders, String has led and mentored undergraduates in this work as well. In addition, last year she piloted a program to mentor high school students in the AP Engineering class at Somerville High School.

Davis Wins HFES Best Presentation Award
Congratulations to Human Factors graduate student Erin Davis, EG13, on receiving a best presentation award at the 2013 Human Factors & Ergonomics Society-New England Chapter student conference. Erin's presentation on "Barriers and Facilitators to Electing Total Joint Replacement Surgery" was one of three winners this year out of 17 papers presented in the day-long event held at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center at MIT. Presentations included students from Bentley University, MIT, University of New Hampshire, Harvard, Brandeis, U Mass Lowell, University of Connecticut, Tufts and Northeastern. This is the fourth consecutive year a student from Tufts University has won this honor. Previous winners include Stacey Cunningham (2011) James Won (2010) and Maureen Mulcare (2009).

Seniors Take Third Place in $100K Business Plan competition
Tufts seniors Brett Andler (ME), Joo Kang (CS), Tyler Wilson (ME), and Sam Woolf (ME) took third place in the Tufts Gordon Institute's $100K Business Plan social entrepreneurship competition held on April 24, 2013. Uji is a showerhead that helps users save water by changing from green to red as users take longer showers.

Ford, E13, Wins Wendell Philips Award
School of Engineering ENP senior Kristen Ford is the winner of the 2013 Wendell Phillips Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, presented annually by the CSL, honors a junior or senior who exemplifies outstanding speaking skills and a dedication to public service.

Robotics Club Hoses the Competition
On April 7, 2013, engineering students in Tufts Robotics Club led by president Quinn Wongkew competed in the annual Trinity College Firefighting Competition. They received a plaque for placing first in the Olympiad Test, Senior Division — the third straight year they've taken home the gold.

Frenkiel, E63, Named Recipient of 2013 Draper Award
Richard H. Frenkiel, E63, and colleagues Martin Cooper, Joel S. Engel, Thomas Haug, and Yoshihisa Okumura received the Charles Stark Draper Prize — a $500,000 annual award given to engineers whose accomplishments have significantly benefited society — "for their pioneering contributions to the world's first cellular telephone networks, systems, and standards." Richard Frenkiel began his work on cellular systems at Bell Labs in 1966. In 1969, at a conference in Boulder, Colorado, he presented the first public description of what would become the AMPS system, and working with Engel, he went on to author sections of AT&T's 1971 cellular proposal to the FCC. Continuing with work on the development of the AMPS system in the 1970s, he invented a method for cell-splitting that greatly simplified the logistics of cellular growth and reduced system cost by more than half. He became head of mobile systems engineering at Bell Labs in 1977, and served on the EIA committee that prepared the first standard for cellular operation in the U.S. In 1983 he left cellular to become head of R&D for AT&T's cordless telephone business unit. Following his retirement from Bell Labs in 1993, he joined WINLAB, the Wireless Information Networks Laboratory at Rutgers, where he teaches a course in wireless business strategy. Frenkiel received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation with Engel in 1994 and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Bill Messner Named John R. Beaver Professor
On November 2, 2012, the Tufts University Trustee Academic Affairs Committee approved the naming of William C. Messner as the John R. Beaver Professor effective September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2017.

Rife Wins Awards for Research at Institute of Navigation Conferences
Assistant Professor Jason Rife won a best-of-session award for his research on "Overbounding Chi-square Probability Distributions" presented at the Institute of Navigation's GNSS 2012 conference. Rife also received the best-of-track award for his paper "Collaboration-Enhanced Receiver Integrity Monitoring with Common Residual Estimation" at IEEE/ION PLANS 2012.

Bargar, Langford, Prescott, Stone Receive Second Place in FAA Design Competition
Students Cliff Bargar, E12, Will Langford, E12, Jeff Prescott, E12, and Nick Stone, E12, took second place in the Airport Operations and Maintenance Challenge in the FAA Design Competition for their system, FODHippo, which proposed a distributed, automated, foreign object debris (FOD) removal system for airport runways. The team developed two prototypes that collectively demonstrated the locomotion, communication, FOD removal, FOD storage, and navigation functionalities of the system.Advised by professors Gary Leisk, Jason Rife, and Dan Hannon, the team developed their prototypes in the fall semester class ME0043, Senior Design Project.

Boston Globe Highlights Tufts Hybrid Racing Team
On June 4, 2012, The Boston Globe highlighted Tufts' Hybrid Racing team and captain Chris Jackson (E13) in an article about their efforts leading up to the Formula Hybrid competition held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway on April 30 through May 3, 2012. See photos from the assembly of their car THR 12.

Bright Named 2012 Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education
Graduate student Alfram Bright was named a recipient of the award for Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education. This award is focused on full-time graduate students who through TA work, voluntary service, and/or other activities have enhanced significantly the education programs of the department.

Guha Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Master's student Ingrid Guha received a 2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees. Mechanical Engineering alumnus Tim Lannin, E11, also received a GRFP award this year to support his studies at Cornell University.

Partlow Receives 2012 NDSEG Fellowship
Ben Partlow, EG12, has been selected to receive a 2012 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. This highly competitive fellowship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. After graduating with an MS in Mechanical Engineering this summer, Ben will be pursuing a PhD in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts.


Cunningham Wins HFES Best Presentation Award
Stacey Cunningham, EG12, won a best presentation award at the 2011 New England Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES) student conference for her presentation entitled "Robotic-Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery: Communication In A Complex Socio-Technical System." The conference was held at the NERD Center on the MIT campus on October 14, 2011. This is the third consecutive year a student from Tufts University has won this honor. Previous winners were James Won (2010) and Maureen Mulcare (2009).

Alumna Delivers Wentworth Commencement Address
Marianne Heer, E87, senior vice president of SAP North America Services Delivery, delivered the commencement address at Wentworth Institute of Technology on August 21, 2011. Ms. Heer was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering Technology.

Krause Wins Second Award for Best Paper Award at ASA
For the second year in a row, doctoral student Joshua Krause received the best student paper award at the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) meeting in Seattle on May 23-27, 2011. Working with associate professor Rob White in the Tufts Micro and Nano Fabrication Facility, Krause received the award for his paper "Micromachined Reconfigurable Microphone Array for Wind Tunnel Testing".

Cassidy Accepted into Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
Patrick Cassidy, E'12, was accepted into the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. The Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program is considered to be the most technically challenging and academically rigorous program in the military. Upon graduation and commissioning in May 2012, Pat will start his Navy career at Nuclear Power School where he'll receive graduate-level instruction in nuclear engineering and reactor plant operations. This will be followed by qualification at a shore-based naval nuclear power plant followed by submarine school. After this nearly 18-month training pipeline, Pat will be assigned to his first nuclear submarine.

Miraglia Wins Tufts Distinction Award
Vinnie Miraglia, Mechanical Engineering Coordinator, has won a 2011 Tufts Distinction Award. Vinnie was given The Unsung Hero Award for accomplishing the extraordinary every day. He and other Distinction Award recipients were recognized at a ceremony on June 8, 2011 in the Jaharis Center (Behrakis Auditorium), on the Boston campus.

Cao Improves Colon Cancer Screening Technology
Scientists and engineers are continually researching new methods of screening to reduce patient discomfort while also ensuring the accuracy of a colonoscopy exam. Researchers at the School of Engineering led by Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Caroline G.L. Cao, have developed a device that could potentially do both. Tufts endoscopic fiber optic shape tracker (EFOST) technology is a possible solution to the problem that occurs when the endoscope is inserted into the colon during routine screening.

Seniors Named Finalists in Design Competition
Mechanical engineers Eric Fournier, Rosario Friedman and Jessica Noble, were named finalists in a national design competition called the AbilityOne Network Design Challenge. The students developed an assistive device to benefit the clients of a non-profit agency called Work Inc. in Dorchester, Mass. that provides skills and supportive services needed to help people with disabilities achieve their career goals. With the guidance Gary Leisk, senior lecturer and research assistant professor, the students designed the Smart Workspace—a customizable weighing device that will assist clients at Work Inc. to do various counting and weighing tasks.

Matthew Kelly Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Three Seniors Receive Honorable Mention
Senior mechanical engineer, Matt Kelly, E'11, received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to pursue his graduate education at Cornell University. Fellows receive three years of support at an $30,000 annual stipend, a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, international research and professional development opportunities, and access to the TeraGrid supercomputer.

Seniors Brendan Andrade, Bobby Berg, and Tim Lannin all received honorable mentions from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. At Tufts, all three students worked with Associate Professor Tom James on biomechanical research projects.

Manno Named Provost and Dean of Faculty at Olin College
Vincent P. Manno, former associate provost and professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts University, has been appointed provost and dean of faculty at Olin College of Engineering, where he will also serve as professor of engineering. The appointment is effective July 1, 2011. Manno has served on the faculty at Tufts since 1984, and held appointments as chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, associate dean of engineering for graduate studies and dean ad interim of engineering. "I am very excited about the opportunity at Olin. It is a special place with a mission to radically transform engineering education into being the core of 21st-century liberal education," Manno said.


MEMS Research Featured in Aerospace America
Work on aerospace MEMS sensors from Assistant Professor Rob White's MEMS research group, including students Joshua Krause, Shuangqin Liu, and Zhengxin Zhao, appeared in the December 2010 issue of Aerospace America, a publication of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Microscale sensor systems allow measurement of the turbulent boundary layer encountered in aerospace systems. In collaboration with Spirit AeroSystems, Tufts School of Engineering mechanical engineers have developed a surface pressure and shear sensor array-on-a-chip device for characterization of the pressure and shear spectrum in the turbulent boundary layer.

Tufts Students Design Medical Technology
Human Factors students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are researching the design of medical devices fit for the elderly. With an elderly population expected to double in the next 20 years, the students are thinking about how the technology should look and work so the elderly population can use it easily, safely, and comfortably.

Graduate Student James Won Receives Best Presentation Award
Doctoral candidate James Won received one of two best presentation awards given out at the New England Chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society's annual student conference on Friday, October 22, 2010. James presented work on the role of workload and situation awareness in team performance. His work was conducted this past summer while he worked at MIT Lincoln Labs and is part of his doctoral research that is focused the parameters that affect performance of temporary teams (i.e., teams that are put together for a limited time commitment, often to solve specific problems).

The Tufts Wind Project
The Tufts Wind Project is an initiative to get students involved with wind energy during their undergraduate studies. The project centers on the installation of four wind turbines in Boston and Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. The turbines are monitored by a group of students and the production data is used to evaluate the relative efficiencies of the different turbine designs. See our website for details on the project as well as live webcams and production data.

Krause Wins Best Paper Award at ASA Meeting
Joshua Krause, a Ph.D. student working with Professor Rob White, received the best student paper award in engineering acoustics for their paper "MEMS Microphone Array On a Chip" at the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 19-23, 2010. Working in the Tufts Micro and Nano Fabrication Facility, Krause and his colleagues succeeded in building a hypersensitive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) array that packs 64 microphones on a chip measuring just one centimeter to a side. The array may give the most fine-grained look yet at the various forces encountered by a jet aircraft as it cuts through the atmosphere. Early results indicate the device may be among the most sensitive yet in measuring both the low-wavelength air flows most associated with structural rattling and cabin noise and the high-wavelength flows that pack the greatest energy -- and are potentially the most dangerous.

Valentin Wins Best Poster at Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium
Tom Valentin, E'11, won the best poster award at the 2010 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium for his research on long-term stability and controlled release of drug delivery using silk substrates. His study, in collaboration with Professor David Kaplan, Chair of Biomedical Engineering, and Eleanor Pritchard, BME doctoral student, showed that a silk substrate could store and stabilize drugs for six months at temperatures as high as 37°C (body temperature) and deliver drugs continuously for up to three days. Valentin's research with Detlev Boison, senior scientist at R.S. Dow Neurobiology Laboratories, also explores silk fibroin scaffolds as vehicles for drug-producing human mesenchymal stem cells and embryonic stem cells for the application of seizure suppression for epileptic patients.

Will Langford founds the Tufts Robotics Club
Will Langford, ME'12, uses his passion for engineering to energize the do-it-yourself community. Langford founded the Tufts Robotics Club, which includes liberal arts students, as well as engineers. The Club hopes to bring together like-minded individuals to share experiences and have fund building robots.


Matt Thoms Wins Senior Award
Matthew Thoms, E10, has been awarded a Senior Award by the Tufts University Alumni Association. The Senior Awards, instituted in 1955, recognizes members of the Senior Class for academic achievement, participation in campus and community activities, and leadership. Thoms was the Tufts student leader of the Team Boston 2009 Solar Decathlon team, a partnership of the Boston Architectural College and Tufts University that culminated in display of "Curio house" on the National Mall in October 2009 as one of 20 university teams from the United States and abroad selected to design, build, and display a fully functional solar house. Thoms was also named a 2009 Morris K. Udall Scholar for his commitment to environmental research and issues.

Professor Chiesa Receives DOE Early Career Research Award in Fusion Energy
Research on big magnets used in devices such as MRI machines might be given a big boost with recent funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for engineer Luisa Chiesa at Tufts School of Engineering. Chiesa, as assistant professor in mechanical engineering, was one of 69 researchers nationally to receive an early career award from the DOE and only one of six grantees in the area of fusion energy sciences. With a five-year, $750,000 grant, Chiesa's research will provide valuable insight into the materials used to design the highly efficient, superconducting magnets used for everything from medical use to high-energy physics applications, including fusion devices that could produce safe, abundant amounts of energy.

Professor Cao Named Chair in Medical Robots
Associate Professor Caroline Cao has been named the Regional Chair for Foreign Researchers from the Region Pays de la Loire, France for research on medical robotics for interventional radiology. Professor Cao is collaborating with colleagues Cedric Dumas, professor at Ecole des Mines de Nantes, Isabelle Milleville professor at the Institut de Recherche en Communications et en Cybernetique de Nantes, and Benoit Dupas from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nantes.

Graduate Student Wins Best Presentation Award
HFES-NEC Conference | November 13, 2009
Maureen Mulcare, a graduate student in the Human Factors program, won a Best Presentation award at the 2009 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - New England Chapter Student Conference sponsored by Charles River Analytics, Inc. and Aptima, Inc. Her paper "Uncovering barriers to implementing a surgical safety checklist from a joint cognitive systems perspective", outlined her current master's thesis project and presented data from her initial observations.

Theory Meets Practice
Tufts Home Page | March 16, 2009
The School of Engineering's professors of the practice, like Dan Hannon, mechanical engineering professor of the practice, bring real world experiences to the classroom. Read more about Prof. Hannon's "Human Factors" design class: "Factoring in the Human Element".

Flights of Fancy: Engineers Create Virtual Hang Time
Engineering eNews | Winter 2009
Mechanical engineering students Mike Stefaniak, Daniel Thayer and Rachel Yu, created a virtual hang gliding flight simulator for their senior design project. Check out a real-time flight here.