Peritz and String Named Winners of Presidential Citizenship Award
Senior Ethan Peritz and master's student
Gabrielle String were named 2013 recipients
Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service. As a fellow in Tisch College’s
Project PERIS Somerville
program, Peritz worked with the CEEO
to develop a four-year
pre-engineering curriculum for Somerville High School.
Shahbazi Fellow, was given the award for her work with
Engineers Without Borders on a water purification project in
Kurinsky Named 2013 Goldwater Scholar
Noah Kurinsky, E14, was named a 2013
Scholar as part of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and
Excellence in Education Program. Noah's career goals include
conducting research in particle physics or high energy astrophysics
and teaching at the university level.
Let Your Life Speak
Freshman applications were up again this year, representing
the sixth consecutive record-breaking applicant pool. The
Class of 2016 includes a combat engineer with the
Singaporean Air Force's explosive ordinance and disposal
unit and a mechanical engineer who compares the bearing load
of a Gothic buttress to the arch of her shoes. As one
freshman said Tufts “is a place where comedy meets
intellectual inquisitiveness, where hungry minds meet
Learn more about the Class of 2016!
Fresh Water for Shilongo
Thanks to some enterprising undergraduates involved in
Engineers Without Borders (EWB),
the village of Shilongo has a water storage tank that holds
up to a full day’s supply of clean drinking water for all
800 villagers. Instead of pumping the water by hand, a pump
powered by a stationary bicycle gets the work done
faster—with a dash of fun for the kids who usually do the
The Freshman Uniform|
Physical training at dawn and a full roster of engineering
classes define life at Tufts for ROTC undergraduate Vadim
A tight end and long snapper for the Tufts football
team, Pat Cassidy, E12, has another life as well: Naval ROTC
candidate enrolled in its nuclear propulsion program.
Let There Be Light|
In Assistant Professor Matthew Panzer's Green Energy and
Nanostructured Electronics Lab, Summer Scholar Sanya
Ramjattan, E12, is working on creating an organic light emitting
device, or OLED, that could light up the world with new, energy-saving possibilities.
An Engineering GEM
Through participation in the National Consortium for
Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science,
or GEM Consortium, Tufts grants fellowships to highly
qualified students from underrepresented groups to pursue
their graduate degrees.
Ninrat Datiri joins Tufts University School of Engineering
as the first GEM Fellow.
Steppin' Out: Laura Dinn, chemical engineer and Irish step dancer
"What drew me to Tufts was the combination of the liberal
arts and engineering experience," says Dinn. "At Tufts you
can join anything you want if you have the time. When I
started with the Irish Dance Club, I thought I'd do a few
shows here and there. It turns out we have shows all the
Spanning the Distance: Engineers bridge theory and practice
Structural engineers in Tufts ASCE chapter spent their senior years designing and
constructing bridges—and putting their classroom knowledge
to the test in the real world by participating in the annual
steel bridge competition sponsored by the ASCE and the American Institute
of Steel Construction. The competition challenges student
teams to design bridges and build them on-site at the competition in
less than 45 minutes.
On Fire: Robotics Club Participates in Firefighting Competition
With financial support from the School of Engineering Dean’s
Grant Program, the Tufts Robotics Club recently competed in
the Trinity Firefighting Competition held at Trinity College
in Hartford, Conn. on April 9-11, 2011. With their two
robots, Precipitating Pachyderm v2.0 and Jumbo Shrimp v1.0,
the team won first place in the written exam, and eighth in
Citizen Engineer Allison St. Vincent Models the Effects of Air Pollution
Graduate student Allison St. Vincent has been researching
ultrafine particles in air pollution as part of the
Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH)
initiative, led by Professor Doug Brugge at the Tufts School
of Medicine and John Durant, Associate Professor of Civil
and Environmental Engineering. Currently a second year Ph.D.
candidate, her work has already earned her numerous
accolades, including an EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship and a
PEO Scholar Award.
Maimuna Majumder, E12, spent the summer in Bangladesh, beginning a study
of 10 years worth of cholera patient data collected by the
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research,
Bangladesh (ICDDRB), which has two major clinics in the
country. The goal of the research, which was supported by
the Institute of Global Leadership at Tufts and the Tufts
Summer Scholars program, was to see which variables seemed
to play a role in protecting people from the disease.
Innovation on the Go
As companies seek to gain a foothold on your smartphone's
home screen, the development of mobile applications-or
"apps"-has emerged as a hot new industry. Learn how three
Tufts engineers are making their marks with successful
Get Your Motor Running
Friday afternoons are notoriously quiet on college campuses, but not inside a work space at Bray Laboratory.
In a back room, a group of students were working on a Formula-1 style race car as they did every Friday afternoon,
preparing for the fourth annual Formula Hybrid Competition.
||If you build it...
Will Langford, E'12, (left) uses his
passion for engineering to energize the do-it-yourself
community. Langford founded the
||Homegrown Talent Heads Up CEEO
Starting this spring, three engineering graduates will assume leadership positions
within the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO). Engineers
Merredith Portsmore, Ethan Danahy, and Morgan Hynes will enhance the School
of Engineering's research and educational programs at the CEEO.
||Mapping the Technological Edges
Graduate student, Shahan Nercessian's research gives computers the 'vision' to make advances
in medical and security imaging. The algorithms that Nercessian writes help computers determine
the edges of an object, like the outline of a tumor in an MRI scan or a suspicious package in
the airport security scanner.
Kofi Aninakwa (E'11) uses the Summer Scholar program to combine medicine and engineering
through the creation of a wearable health monitor. Working with Sameer Sonkusale,
electrical and computer engineering assistant professor, Aninakwa has spent this past
summer building electrical circuits for this health sensor.
||Graduate Student Diversity Day Successful
This summer, more than 140 undergraduate students from underrepresented groups visited Tufts campus to learn more about advanced degrees from Tufts' professional schools, as well as programs in Arts, Sciences and Engineering. This conference provided a window into higher education possibilities for students who, traditionally, make up a small percentage of the graduate student population in the United States.
||Solar House Teaches Tufts Students Sustainability
Engineers Dante DeMeo (E'08), Matt Thoms (E'10), and Mike Sidebottom (E'10) are three of the students working on the design and construction of an affordable and energy-efficient solar house as part of the 2009 Solar Decathlon competition. Tufts University, in conjunction with Boston Architectural College, has begun building the 800-sq ft. home for display on Washington, D.C.'s National Mall.