Professors are nominated for the award by the student body, and the TCU Senate’s Education Committee selects the finalists and the winner.
Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell has been elected fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for “his contributions to the development and advancement of in situ remediation technologies designed to treat contaminated soil and groundwater.” Fewer than 3.5% of ASCE members hold the honor of being an ASCE Fellow. Pennell’s research has advanced the fundamental understanding and mathematical modeling of contaminant fate and transport in porous media, including the processes governing organic vapor sorption, deposition of engineered nanomaterials, and alteration of soil-water relationships in the presence of surfactant adjuvants. Learn more about his work at http://engineering.tufts.edu/cee/sustainabilitylab/.
Computer Science Professor and Chair Soha Hassoun has been selected as the recipient of the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Achievement Award for 2016. The award is in recognition of her service to the Design Automation Conference “and the other communities of which she is a member, and for her contribution to research, technology, and the education of engineers in such a wide variety of fields.” It will be presented at the 53rd Design Automation Conference in June. Congratulations, Professor Hassoun!
Associate Professor Luis Dorfmann contributed to research that built a mathematical model to explain the dynamics of the quick release of a chameleon’s tongue. The model could potentially have applications in designing elastic materials. Read the article from BBC News and the full paper as published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A.
Every year, the NCAA awards a Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship to only two student-athletes selected from a nationwide pool of applicants. Byers Scholars are recognized for outstanding academic achievement as well as for potential for success in postgraduate study. This year, Tufts senior and three-time 800-meter national champion Mitchell Black is one of the two national awardees. Double-majoring in mechanical engineering and astrophysics at Tufts, Black plans to pursue his doctorate in aerospace engineering at either Georgia Tech or the University of Michigan.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced $3 million in state support of the Cluster for Advanced Nanomanufacturing of Smart Sensors and Materials (ANSSeM) — a consortium of Massachusetts businesses and universities led by Northeastern University that includes Tufts University School of Engineering and University of Massachusetts Boston. Associate Professor Sameer Sonkusale in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor Igor Sokolov in the Department of Mechanical Engineering will purchase equipment for developing nanoscale sensors and for measuring nanomechanical properties, respectively.
In the recent $100k New Ventures Competition organized by the Gordon Institute, mechanical engineering alumna Alexandra Zimmerman, E09, was on the BrainSpec team, which won first place in the Health and Life Sciences track. BrainSpec is a software platform that enables the accurate and non-invasive diagnosis of brain disorders, using magnetic resonance spectroscopy. It can help diagnose neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and brain tumor progression.
In the Tufts Gordon Institute’s 2016 $100k New Ventures Competition, biomedical engineer Shehryar Malik, E19, and Daniel McCormack, A19, represented team Hujambo, which received the Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize. The Ricci Prize is awarded to the project that best demonstrates interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit.
Hujambo designed a low-cost smartphone and operating system. In their words: “We make smartphones for everyone. Our goal is to connect the entire world to the Internet, by providing low-cost but high-tech devices to enable consumers to navigate the 21st century. Our smartphone costs $10, and provides cellular service, messaging capability, data access, and access to every app. By creating our own operating system, which perfectly integrates with the hardware, we are able to provide a cheaper product with more features than even the best devices on the market.”
Learn more on Hujambo Group’s website.
Computer science juniors Jon Arbaugh, Ian Leaman, Ian Luo and Abdisalan Mohamud, computer science sophomore Gabriella Bova, and electrical engineering junior Arlo Clarke were part of the team that won first place in the $100k New Ventures Competition’s High-Tech / General track. Their winning company was Mimir Insights, which helps companies selling equipment and services to scientists find the best customers for their products, grow their existing customer base, and build lasting relationships.
“In general, robots should never perform illegal actions, nor should they perform legal actions that are not desirable. Hence, they will need representations of laws, moral norms and even etiquette in order to be able to determine whether the outcomes of an instructed action, or even the action itself, might be in violation of those principles,” Scheutz writes.