Dean's Medal

Procession walks back into Ballou Hall at Commencement 2022

At Tufts University, the Dean’s Medal is a way to honor and celebrate our alumni, volunteers, and friends. It is one of four types of medals that the university awards, and the only medal awarded by deans of the individual schools within Tufts. The Dean’s Medal may be awarded to show appreciation for loyal service, to acknowledge major contributions, to honor those whose ideas or discoveries have been important to the university, or to recognize any other actions that benefit a school of the university. For this reason, and to make use of the honor more consistently, former Dean Jianmin Qu began the tradition of bestowing Dean’s Medals to the commencement speakers chosen to address the engineering graduate and undergraduate ceremonies each May.

These individuals are selected to speak to our students because of their accomplishments, service, and leadership in the engineering community, and they represent the wide diversity of our field.  By inviting them to speak, we hope they will inspire and encourage our students.  At the School of Engineering, we believe awarding a medal to our commencement speakers each year is in keeping with the definition of the Dean’s Medal and ensures that the tradition continues.

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Past Dean's Medal Recipients


  • Arul Jayaraman, EG95
  • Reggie Brothers, E81


  • Deborah Meshulam, E79 and EG81
  • Francesco Svelto


  • Brett Boghigian, E07, EG10
  • Asad Madni


  • Jeannie Diefenderfer, E84
  • David Rosowsky, E85


  • Ioannis Miaoulis, E83
  • Michael Tzannes, EG90


  • Dana Messina, E83
  • Paula Soteropoulos, E89, A89


  • Richard Frenkiel, E63


  • Richard A. Meserve, A66, J88P


  • Ashok Misra, EG7