School of Engineering welcomes new faculty in 2022

Tufts School of Engineering is pleased to welcome new faculty members during academic year 2022-2023.
A collage of headshots of new faculty members in the School of Engineering in 2022. Top row from left: Johes Bater, Briana Bouchard, Antonella Di Lillo. Bottom row: Juan Gnecco, Nisha Iyer, Saeed Mehraban, David Miller.
Top row from left: Johes Bater, Briana Bouchard, Antonella Di Lillo. Bottom row: Juan Gnecco, Nisha Iyer, Saeed Mehraban, David Miller.

Seven full-time faculty join Tufts School of Engineering this fall. These faculty members bring diverse expertise in a wide range of fields, including human-technology collaboration, stem cells, and privacy-preserving analytics.

Johes Bater, Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Johes Bater completed his PhD in computer science at Northwestern University. His research centers on how to balance privacy, security, and utility to built fast, accurate database systems that support privacy-preserving analytics with provable security guarantees.

Briana Bouchard, Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Briana Bouchard earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. Her research focuses on engineering education, electronic portfolios for engineering students, and alternative assessment strategies.

Antonella Di Lillo, Associate Teaching Professor, Computer Science

Antonella Di Lillo received her PhD in computer science from Brandeis University in 2008. Her research specialization is in computer vision and includes current work investigating the use of deep learning in image and video understanding, with applications to data compression and image processing.

Juan Gnecco, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Juan Gnecco earned his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His research involves studying reproductive biology and tissue engineering to understand the immune-endocrine mechanisms driving both reproductive physiology and disease pathogenesis.

Nisha Iyer, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Nisha Iyer received her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis in Biomedical Engineering. Her research interests are at the intersection of developmental biology and regenerative medicine, using stem cells to understand and advance neural repair.

Saeed Mehraban, Assistant Professor, Computer Science

Saeed Mehraban obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. His research interests include quantum computation and information, and their connections with computer science and physics.

David Miller, Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dave Miller earned his doctorate in communication research from Stanford University. His research spans human-technology collaboration, cooperation, and conflict and moral decision-making as well as mental models.