Dear Alumni and Friends,
The department moves forward, led as always by outstanding students, staff and faculty. The growth and popularity of our program continues to provide many opportunities, perhaps most notably: the class of 2018 will be the first where there is no enrollment cap in the BSBME program. Students interested in majoring in BME will now submit a declaration of major form, like all other engineering students. Additionally, course offerings in entrepreneurship and product development are broadening the student experience. These courses link engineering fundamentals, design, and research with industrial professionals’ experiences for better understanding of how technologies intersect with business, and regulatory needs, and ultimately, how they impact patients. Such exposure encourages broader thinking and, balanced by the fundamentals, empowers students to make informed career decisions.
We are proud our students continue to receive awards in support of their research: Kyle Alberti and Kelly Sullivan, fellowships from the American Heart Association; Meghan McGill, National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship; Erica Palma, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Kirschstein-NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship; Sarah Lightfoot-Vidal, Fulbright Fellowship. Postdoctoral Scholar Kyle Quinn was awarded an NIH Pathway to Independence Award.
Among the faculty, Assistant Professor Qiaobing Xu was the recipient of the prestigious CAREER Award from the NSF for his work on an effective approach to transport protein-based drugs inside the cell, enabling a generation of new therapies for a variety of diseases. I am also happy to announce that Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto has been appointed the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Engineering, providing strategic advice to the dean on all matters related to research and technology development. And, congratulations to Associate Professor Irene Georgakoudi; she was elected to the AIMBE’s College of Fellows.
Looking towards the future, we aim to nurture accessible, cohesive, and exciting opportunities for our students to gain a global view on entrepreneurship and biomedical engineering. Building upon networks available through the Tufts European Center in Talloires, France and Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, we can better integrate international views on medical devices, regulation, business, and partnerships. We ask our alumni to consider working with the department to support our efforts, making an impact for students and enhancing the world around us. Your thoughts are welcome; we value your input, updates, and engagement in department activities.