Spotlight on Mechanical Engineering

Rife's Lab at Tufts University

Student highlight

Name: Brandon Weaver
Degree: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Faculty lab: Professor Jason Rife, Automated Systems and Robotics Lab
Hometown: Alabaster, AL

Why Tufts? 
I chose Tufts because I wanted to work with Jason Rife and [Professor of the Practice] Pratap Misra doing GPS work, and both of them being in the Mechanical Engineering department was a bonus.

Favorite thing about living in the Medford/Somerville and Boston area? 
The main things I like about living here is the history that surrounds the Boston area as well as how walkable it is.

Any advice you’d give to prospective students or new graduate students? 
Consider not bringing a car! Almost three years living here and I haven’t missed mine.

Rife Lab

Faculty highlight

Name: Professor and Department Chair Jason Rife
Research interests: Navigation, robotics, and controls.

About Professor Rife: 
Jason Rife's research focuses on the navigation and control of autonomous vehicles and mobile robots. He joined the Tufts Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2007. Prior to arriving at Tufts, he served as a research associate in the Stanford University GPS Laboratory from 2004-2007, where he investigated the integrity of precision aircraft approach and landing systems based on differential GPS. He received his Ph.D. from the Stanford University Aerospace Robotics Lab, studying animal-tracking applications using underwater robots.

Read more about the Automated Systems and Robotics (ASAR) Lab!