Chair's message

Jason Rife

As I take on the chair role in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, I’d like to congratulate outgoing chair Chris Rogers on five very productive years of ME leadership. Chris has transformed the Department for the better. Some of his great accomplishments include a bold revision of our undergraduate degree requirements and the recruitment of strong new faculty who have enhanced our teaching and our research. Thank you, Chris!

Looking ahead, our immediate goal in the Department is to identify ways of delivering high-quality and inclusive education during the COVID-19 era. This moment in time, marked by confinement and by intense discussions about racial injustice, presents many challenges (but also many opportunities) for all of us in the Tufts community, including students, staff, faculty, and alumni. As engineers, we’re trained to solve problems. I’m confident we can work together to navigate our way to a healthier future.

Current initiatives include promoting a cohesive ME community that embraces both remote and on campus students, hiring a diversity coordinator to work with faculty to promote a more inclusive department, reflecting on how virtual classes can enhance learning, and rethinking our traditional approaches to teaching and assessment.  At the same time, our faculty are reopening their labs to continue pushing forward the frontiers of research.

Please feel free to contact us in the ME Department. Whether to congratulate Chris Rogers, to let us know how you’re doing, or to share your problem solving ideas, we love to hear from you.

Jason Rife
Professor & Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Tufts University