School of Engineering welcomes new faculty in 2021

Tufts School of Engineering is pleased to welcome new faculty members during academic year 2021-2022.
Headshots of six new faculty
Top row, from left: Nathaniel Eagan, Trevion Henderson, Lucy Jen. Bottom row: Milod Kazerounian, Greses Pérez, Juan Pestana.

Four full-time faculty members and two part-time professors of the practice join Tufts School of Engineering this fall. These faculty members bring diverse expertise in a wide range of fields, including machine learning, geotechnical engineering, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in engineering education.

Nathaniel Eagan, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Nathaniel Eagan earned his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin under the direction of Professor George Huber. His research areas lie in catalysis, clean energy, fuels and chemicals, and biomass conversion. Before joining Tufts as an assistant professor, he was a postdoctoral associate in the IMASC EFRC and then at Harvard University.

Trevion Henderson, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Trevion Henderson earned his PhD in Higher Education from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on engineering education; diversity, equity, and inclusion; team-based engineering pedagogies; and engineering design thinking.

Lucy Jen, Professor of the Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lucy Jen specializes in the fields of geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering, and numerical methods in geotechnical engineering. She has more than 25 years of experience as a geotechnical engineering consultant in Massachusetts, working on projects in New England and New York.

Milod Kazerounian, Assistant Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Milod Kazerounian completed his PhD at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he studied programming languages with his advisor, Professor Jeff Foster. His research spans numerous methodologies, including programming language design, type theory, formal verification, and machine learning.

Greses Pérez, McDonnell Family Assistant Professor in Engineering Education, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Greses Pérez received her PhD in Science Education with a focus on learning sciences and technology design from Stanford University. Her scholarship specializes in the interdisciplinary study of language and cognition for students who experience a cultural and linguistic mismatch between the practices of their communities and those in engineering and science.

Juan Pestana, Professor of the Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Juan Pestana is a Senior Principal for Geosyntec Consultants in Acton, Massachusetts, and Professor Emeritus from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley. He has over 35 years of consulting experience in geotechnical and geotechnical earthquake engineering.