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School of Engineering

Leadership Team

Under the supervision of Dean Jianmin Qu, the leadership at Tufts School of Engineering consists of Deans and Directors, representing their respective areas of responsibility within the schools. These leaders work together as a team to promote and advance best practices of academic administration within the school.


Kosta AlexisKosta Alexis, Senior Director of Development
Kosta leads fundraising efforts for the School of Engineering, including annual support, major gifts, planned gifts, and corporate/foundation gifts. He manages a team of front-line fundraisers and administrative staff along with partnering with other advancement colleagues to ensure continued generous philanthropic support and positive alumni engagement.

Ellise LaMotteEllise LaMotte, Director, Center for STEM Diversity
The Center for STEM Diversity fosters a diverse and inclusive science technology, engineering and math learning environment. As the Director of the Center, Ellise LaMotte is responsible for supporting a diverse population of students as they persist to degree completion. She provides this support by implementing programmatic offerings, securing resources, leading the Center’s strategic direction and infrastructure, and managing the external advisory board. She also participates in and utilizes best practice research on broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and math.

Brandon MennilloBrandon Mennillo, Director of Administration
Working closely with the Executive Administrative Dean, Brandon Mennillo provides oversight on all administrative and financial matters pertaining to the school with specific emphasis on policy development, employee compensation and equity, core facility management, online academic programs, and summer course administration. Additionally, Brandon represents the School on several University-wide committees pertaining to Human Resources, IT, and space & facilities management.

Fiorenzo OmenettoFiorenzo Omenetto, Dean of Research
Dean of Research Fiorenzo Omenetto works collaboratively with faculty, fostering research between departments, other schools, and outside sponsors, while working with the Director of Research Administration on all aspects of research administration, including compliance and financial issues.

Kevin OyeKevin Oye, Executive Director, Tufts Gordon Institute
Tufts Gordon Institute develops technology leaders, providing training in vital skills and educating leaders who will go on to be innovators and problem solvers. As Executive Director, Kevin Oye oversees the institute’s academic programs and connections with industry.

Karen PanettaKaren Panetta, Dean of Graduate Education
As Dean of Graduate Education for the School of Engineering, Karen Panetta leads efforts to develop and strengthen engineering graduate programs. She works closely with faculty, students, administrators, and staff to recruit highly talented graduate students, to support current students in their academic studies and research, and to continue to develop graduate programs that prepare students for success in their fields.

Merredith PortsmoreMerredith Portsmore, Director, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
Merredith Portsmore is the Director of Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO). A leader in K-College engineering education, the CEEO works to prepare the next generation of problem-solvers by conducting cutting-edge educational research and transforming that research into tools, interventions, and outreach services.  Merredith oversees the overall Center mission, managing the overall operations, finances, and outreach services as well as providing the infrastructure and support for the cohort of faculty in engineering and education that have research housed at the Center.

Keleigh SanfordKeleigh Sanford, Director of Research Administration
As Director of Research Administration for the School of Engineering, Keleigh Sanford provides administrative leadership for research activities, including pre- and post-award support for sponsored projects and guidance on issues related to compliance.

Jim SarazenJames Sarazen, Executive Administrative Dean
As the Executive Administrative Dean, Jim Sarazen serves as chief financial officer and chief operating officer for the School of Engineering, and also as the school's lead administrative representative on all university-wide matters.

Jennifer StephanJennifer Stephan, Dean of Academic Advising and Undergraduate Studies
Jennifer Stephan oversees a team of advisors to provide holistic academic support for all undergraduate students in the School of Engineering. She collaborates with students, parents, faculty and staff university-wide to enable students to best meet their academic and personal goals, access campus resources, and navigate struggle or crisis. Stephan is responsible for School of Engineering orientation events and pre-major advising. She guides and implements changes to undergraduate academic policy, degree requirements, senior degree certification, and their associated processes.

Chris SwanChris Swan, Dean of Undergraduate Education
Chris Swan is directly responsible for developing, implementing and assessing academic advising and the administration of the degrees awarded in 13 engineering disciplines. He serves as the School of Engineering's point person on educational policy.

Craig ThomasCraig Thomas, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
As the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, Craig Thomas leads the digital, traditional, and social media marketing strategy for, and manages all internal and external communications within, the School of Engineering.