Engineering education project launched
Assistant Professor Kristen Wendell is a primary investigator on a new project launched
by the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach called "ConnecTions in the Making:
Elementary Students, Teachers, and STEM Professionals Integrating Science and Engineering
to Design Community Solutions." The project was funded by the National Science Foundation's
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program.
Zimmerman continues to develop battery technology
Professor of the Practice Michael Zimmerman's innovative solid polymer material for
batteries was recently highlighted in The Boston Globe.
Using X-Ray imaging for battery analysis
In a new paper, Assistant Professor Iryna Zenyuk and a group of researchers studied
the degradation of lithium ion phosphate batteries using X-Ray computed tomography.
Responsive teaching in engineering education
A group of Tufts researchers, including Assistant Professor Kristen Bethke Wendell,
studied effective methods for researching engineering education in K-12 settings in
a new paper published in Science Education.
A sensor model for an aerodynamic setting
A group of Tufts researchers in Mechanical Engineering—Ph.D student Nikolas Kastor, alum Zhengxin Zhao,
and Associate Professor Robert White—published a paper in Sensors and Actuators A: Physical on a new sensor
model, targeted at ground and flight testing of aerospace vehicles and components.
Engineers Week comes to Tufts, February 18-24
Join Tufts School of Engineering for activities, networking, panel discussions and more during Engineers Week,
February 18-24, 2018 all over campus.
Qu named IEEE Fellow
Dean Jianmin Qu, Karol Family Professor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was recently selected as an IEEE Fellow.
He was recognized for contributions to design and reliability analysis for microelectronic packaging.
Kelsey Hochgraf interviewed in Acoustics Today
Lecturer Kelsey Hochgraf spoke to Acoustics Today for the interview series "Ask an Acoustician"
about her work in acoustical design and teaching.
Faculty and students attend ION GNSS+ annual meeting
Ph.D. candidate Liangchun Xu won a student award at the 2017 Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System (ION GNSS+)
annual meeting for his paper "A Compact, Lightweight Sensor to Measure Bearing Angle to a Radio Transmitter."
Student wins conference presentation award
Mario Delgado, an engineering physics student, won a Student Presentation Award at SACNAS:
The National Diversity in STEM Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. His presentation was on
"Mechanical Properties of High Temperature Superconducting Tapes at 77 K."
Fuel-cell imaging research published
Research conducted in the lab of Assistant Professor Iryna Zenyuk, using x-ray imaging to see how fuel cell
materials react to temperature and moisture, has been published in the journal
Sokolov interviewed about his work with atomic force microscopy (AFM)
Igor Sokolov was interviewed in News Life Science about his work using atomic force microscopy (AFM)
to analyze nanomechanical elements of aging and cancerous cells.
Tufts Racing gears up for Formula Hybrid competition
Tufts Racing, led by captains Jordan Stone, E18, Catherine Gao, E18, and Martin Majkut, E19,
with faculty advising from Professor Bill Messner, is off to a good start as they build a new,
energy-efficient vehicle for the Formula Hybrid International Student Competition at Dartmouth
College in the spring.
Sokolov receives research award
Professor Igor Sokolov received an Open Access Publishing award from the Tufts Faculty Research
Awards Committee for his proposal "Nanoscale compositional mapping of cells, tissues, and
polymers with ringing mode of atomic force microscopy."
Aurelio named Fellow of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
David Aurelio, a part-time lecturer, was named a Fellow by the HFES for his service to the
Society and his work in the fields of consumer product design, user needs assessment,
and usability evaluation of products.
DeBari, E18, designs efficient battery holder
Working in Assistant Professor Iryna Zenyuk's lab, Summer Scholar
Annalisa DeBari, E18, designed a battery holder for researchers to
x-ray a battery without taking it apart.
Sokolov discovers new nano imaging method
Professor Igor Sokolov and postdoc Maxim Dokukin have found a new and faster imaging method
for matter on a nano level.
Zimmerman's batteries in the news
Professor of the Practice Mike Zimmerman is developing new solid-state alkaline batteries that could be a
viable alternative to lithium-ion and other high-energy storage technologies.
Read more in the New York Times and WIRED.
ME team wins national design award
Nicholas Nopprapun, Erick Garcia, and Noah Kagan, all E17, won first
place in the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) University Design
Competition for Addressing Airport Needs. They worked with advisor
Senior Lecturer Gary Leisk.
Pancheri, EG13, receives Harting Award
Alumnus Francesco Pancheri was a member of the Tufts research team
that has received the Harting Award for the best paper published in
Experimental Techniques in 2016.
Students attend Global Grand Challenges Summit
Will Edmonds, E19, and August Frechette, E18, recently attended the Global
Grand Challenges Summit in Washington, D.C.
Read blog posts by
Pierro receives Donna Jung Scholarship Award
The Cryogenic Engineering Conference recently awarded the Donna Jung
Scholarship Award to Ph.D. student Federica Pierro. The scholarship
recognizes female graduate students in the fields of cryogenic
Alumnus' work featured in Advancing Microelectronics
An article by alumnus Peter Lewis, E14 and EG16, and Associate
Professor Robert White was featured as the cover article in a recent
issue of Advancing Microelectronics.
Lampedusa, E21, named Presidential Scholar
Incoming first-year Korri Lampedusa, E21, was selected as a U.S.
Presidential Scholar of the Arts, one of the country's highest
honors for graduating seniors. She was the first arts scholar to be
recognized for industrial design.
Three students receive Summer Scholars funding
Annalisa DeBari, Camille-Louise Mbayo, and Shane Rozen-Levy, all
E18, were selected to participate in the Summer Scholars Program.
This summer, they will conduct a funded independent research project
with a faculty mentor.
Undergrads blog while studying abroad
Mechanical engineering majors Martin Majkut, E19, and Handy Dorceus,
E20, and engineering psychology major Zaila Foster, E20, studied in
Talloires, France this summer. All three blogged about the
DeBari, E18, earns All-American honor in track
Mechanical engineering major Annalisa DeBari, E18, recently won fifth place in the 60-meter
hurdles at the NCAA Div. III Indoor National Championship, earning the All-American honors
that are awarded to the top eight finishers in the country.
Tufts team wins MakeMIT
A team of Tufts students—including mechanical engineers Jackson
Bockhorst and Ethan Laverack—recently won first prize in the MakeMIT
hackathon. The Sphnx team developed a battery-operated sensor system
to track a cyclist's posture.
ME students win second place in $100k Competition
In the 2017 $100k New Ventures Competition, a team that included mechanical engineering majors
Richard Ding and Hermes Suen won second place in the Social Impact track. Their product
line, -sPARK+, harnesses children's mechanical energy and converts it into electricity.
Registration opens for summer classes
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is offering a number of Summer Session classes
this year. Take classes on computer integrated engineering, heat transfer, and more.
Buechler, E17, honored with Senior Award
The Tufts University Alumni Association has selected Elizabeth Buechler as one of twelve
honorees to receive the Senior Award for her academic achievement, participation in campus
and community activities, and leadership.
Read more about Elizabeth.
Zenyuk receives CAREER Award
Assistant Professor Iryna Zenyuk received a CAREER Award for her proposal to
study the mechanisms of ion transport in ionomer-free electrodes. The goal of her
work is to determine specific factors which limit the performance of polymer electrolyte
fuel cells using thin-film electrodes, allowing work to progress on overcoming these
hurdles. Read more.
Students design for early engineering education
In Assistant Professor Kristen Wendell's
Senior Design Project class, a group of students put their heads
together to create an educational water table to teach electrical concepts to
young children using a water-electricity analogy.
Zimmerman's research highlighted on PBS
Professor of the Practice Mike
Zimmerman was featured in the NOVA special titled "The Search for the Super Battery." NOVA host David Pogue tested Zimmerman's polymer-based solid state battery.
Watch the full episode and read more.
Messner writes on driverless cars for The Conversation
Professor Bill Messner covered the current state of the development of autonomous vehicles in The Conversation. He says that recent advances "suggest a future filled with driverless cars that are both safer than today’s vehicles and radically different in appearance and comfort."