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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.


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.

Mary Pat McMahonMary Pat McMahon, Dean of Student Affairs

Mary Pat McMahon oversees the Division of Student Affairs, including career services, student accessibility, campus and residential life, and health and counseling services. Under her leadership of these critical areas, she shares responsibility for addressing matters concerning judicial affairs, social justice, diversity and inclusion, civility, and leadership development. She is further involved in fostering meaningful growth and connection in the undergraduate and graduate student co-curricular experience.

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 Research Administration Director on all aspects of research administration, including compliance and financial issues.

Kevin OyeKevin Oye, Interim 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 Interim 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.

Karen RichardsonKaren Richardson, Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management

In her role as Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Karen Richardson oversees the recruitment, application, and admissions processes for the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.

Keleigh SanfordKeleigh Sanford, Research Administration Director

As Research Administration Director 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, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising

Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising Jennifer Stephan oversees academic support for all undergraduate students in the School of Engineering. She holistically advises undergraduate engineering students and 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, pre-major advising, and teaches a first-year seminar for first generation low income students.

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, Director of Marketing and Communications

As the 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.