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Undergraduate Program

Entrepreneurship Programs

The degree programs in Tufts Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering provide students with the flexibility to pursue careers in high-tech start-ups or to start companies themselves by completing minors in the Gordon Institute.

Engineering Leadership Studies Minor

The Engineering Leadership Studies program provides students with important background of business concepts (finance, marketing, and leadership) and hand-on experience to complement the technical core of an ECE degree. In addition to opportunities to network with successful entrepreneurs, the ELS program organizes the Tufts Ideas Competition and $100K New Ventures Competition to jump-start early-stage startups from within the Tufts community.

As part of the $100K Competition, the Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize is awarded annually to student teams that best demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit. The purpose of the $10K prize is to promote the advancement of research at Tufts through projects that assist in translation of research discoveries from the laboratory to applications that benefit society.

In 2014, electrical engineering undergraduates Alex Henry, E14, EG15, and Nana Kwasi Kwakwa, E14, and doctoral computer science students Tomoki Shibata, Dan Afergan, and Sam Hincks won the Ricci Prize for their project to create a wireless device to monitor blood oxygen concentration in neural tissue to aid in developing an adaptive information delivery system to respond to user cognitive workload.

In 2013, Nicholas Ferrentino, Bianka Mejia, Denise Nguyen, Mical Nobel, and Hassan Oukacha won the Ricci Prize for their project to improve an ophthalmological device used to diagnose the recommended course of treatment for glaucoma patients.

In 2012, Esha John, E12, Brian Rohr, E13, and James Sims, EG14, won the Ricci Prize for their program which analyzes images of fat cells, or adipocytes, to identify new therapeutic targets to treat obesity.

Engineering Management Minor

The Engineering Management Minor focuses on skills necessary for success in any business organization including finance and operations. Particular attention is placed on developing both written and oral communication skills, competencies required for successfully leading programs and diverse teams, as well as management of innovation and product life-cycle.