“Diverse perspectives, backgrounds and interests are necessary to understand problems from different angles and discover what might have been otherwise overlooked”

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Fall 2020 COVID-19 Response:

The Bray Lab PALLS (Precision Advanced Learning Labs and Shops) will be operating as a job shop for the Fall of 2020 to prioritize keeping our Tufts Community safe. Only Bray staff, TAs and student workers will have in-person access to Bray PALLS facilities.

For the Fall of 2020, you can submit requests for Parts, Mechanical Analysis Testing, and Motion Capture Lab Services. Due to the increased workload this semester, we are only able to support courses and research (no personal or club projects).

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Please contact us with any questions or to schedule pickups of stored items.

The Bray Precision Advanced Learning Labs and Shops (Bray PALLS) are part of the Mechanical Engineering department with the goal to support student hands on learning. It contains collaborative spaces for curious members of the greater Tufts community seeking to bridge the gap between academic theory and professional practice. We encourage diverse perspectives, backgrounds and interests to understand problems from different angles. We teach a broad variety of methods across design, fabrication, and research. Bray PALLS continually evolves to meet the needs of our users and to incorporate emerging technologies giving students the agency to tackle complex problems of the modern world.

We at Bray Precision Advanced Learning Labs and Shops (PALLS) believe that Black Lives Matter and have always mattered.  

Black Lives Matter and it is egregious that this fact must be proclaimed and is not self-evident. In the sphere of engineering, design and innovation, we wouldn’t be where we are as a society without the contributions of Black people – contributions made despite being hindered by systemic barriers. There was a time when Black people couldn’t work in spaces like Bray Lab and even after they were legally allowed, their presence was rejected in those spaces. This has perpetuated through the ages and we are still facing similar problems given the lack of representation in STEM. There has been a huge disservice to the advancement of engineering, design and innovation by the lack of Black people in those fields. Diverse perspectives, backgrounds and interests are necessary to understand problems from different angles and discover what might have been otherwise overlooked.  

At Bray PALLS, we are dedicated to recognizing biases in ourselves and the systemic bias within our organization. We will actively work towards unlearning those biases and continuous organizational improvement. We strive to have an inclusive space where diversity is celebrated, and equity is supported. 

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