Category Archives: Students

Bootcamp Supports Future Engineering Leaders

In January, selected doctoral students participated in the Future Leaders of Engineering Teaching Fellows Boot Camp. The weeklong boot camp is part of a broader Tufts program supported by the National Science Foundation. These Engineering Teaching Fellows will become future leaders in our academic communities, promoting use of appropriate teaching pedagogies that create an inclusive classroom environment. Not only will they be excellent researchers in their chosen discipline area, they will also be excellent teachers that utilize learner-centered techniques to convey the excitement and potential of engineering to students.

01/13/2016 - Medford, Mass. - Participants in the Future Leaders of Engineering Teaching-Fellows Boot Camp, top row from left, associate professor Luisa Chiesa, graduate students Lisa Pinals, Meera Punjiya, Whitney Crooks, Jessica Swenson and Abbie Licht, and professors Karen Panetta and Tom Vandervelde, bottom row from left, graduate students Maggie Stevens, Annalise Blum, Anna Murray, Margaret Garcia and Nicole Pfiester Latham, pose for a photo at Halligan Hall on Jan. 13, 2016. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

01/13/2016 – Medford, Mass. – Participants in the Future Leaders of Engineering Teaching-Fellows Boot Camp, top row from left, associate professor Luisa Chiesa, graduate students Lisa Pinals, Meera Punjiya, Whitney Crooks, Jessica Swenson and Abbie Licht, and professors Karen Panetta and Tom Vandervelde, bottom row from left, graduate students Maggie Stevens, Annalise Blum, Anna Murray, Margaret Garcia and Nicole Pfiester Latham, pose for a photo at Halligan Hall on Jan. 13, 2016. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Tufts Venture Lab Named one of the Coolest Boston Startup Workspaces named Tufts Venture Lab among the coolest new startup accelerator spaces in Boston.

Lesser known than other schools’ startup spaces – and I have no idea why because the space looks awesome – is the Venture Lab at Tufts. And now that I’ve seen pictures of this place, I’m eager to stop by and see it in person.

“Tufts University’s Venture Lab, part of the Tufts Entrepreneurship Center, provides dedicated space in the university’s brand new Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex to Tufts start-ups,” Patrick Collins, deputy director of PR at Tufts, noted.

“The complex houses interdisciplinary research and teaching labs, office and lounge space, and informal learning and meeting spaces with whiteboards, video conferencing, storage space, office supplies and a steady supply of mentorship,” Collins continued. “At any given time, there are 16 start-ups (from freshmen to faculty) using the Venture Lab and countless more using the shared collaborative spaces available to all students.”

Tufts Names 2015 Summer Scholars

Tufts Summer Scholars program announced the 2015 Summer Scholars.

The Tufts Summer Scholars Program is funded by the Office of the Provost and by generous gifts from: Mr. Andrew Bendetson in honor of Laura and Martin Bendetson; Steven J. Eliopoulos A89 and Joyce J. Eliopoulos; Mr. George and Ms. Susan Kokulis; Mr. John L. Kokulis; Ms. Ashleigh Nelson; and the Board of Trustees in honor of former Chairman, Mr. Nathan Gantcher.

The Program is also supported by the Schwartz-Paddock Family Fellowships in the Visual and Performing Arts, the Helen and Werner Lob Student Research Fund in Economics, the Hopkins Summer Scholar Fund, and the Christopher Columbus Discovery Summer Scholarships for research spanning disciplinary boundaries. Summer Scholars is administered by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Congratulations to all our engineering summer scholars!

Biomedical Engineering

Elim Na will work with Professor David Kaplan on his project on the “Evaluation of Silk Fibroin Stabilization of Doxorubicin and Vincristine.”

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Sylvia Lustig will work with Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos on her project on the “The Selectivity and Efficiency of Various Single Atom Metal Alloys as Catalysts for the Dehydrogenation of Methanol.”

Mechanical Engineering

Kevin Ligonde will work with Associate Professor Robert White on a project to “Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasound Transducers for Mars Anemometry.”

Computer Science

Avita Sharma will work with Professor Soha Hassoun on a project on “Who is Doing What? Functional Matching between Metabolites and Genomics for Bacterial Pathways.”

Caleb Helbling will work with Professor Kathleen Fisher on a project to “Resequence: A Global Fine Grained Software Repository.”

Collins Sirmah will work with Assistant Professor Ben Shapiro on his project to “Peer Based Learning in Distributed and Parallel Computing Among High School Students.”

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pengxiang (Jerry) Hu will work with Associate Professor Sameer Sonkusale on a project to “Study and Build Instrumentation for Saliva Diagnostics.” Peter Wu will work with Professor Jeffrey Hopwood on his project to “Improve Vintage Synthesizers for Increased Temperature Based Pitch Stability.”

Engineering Physics

Matthew Eakle will work with Professor Peggy Cebe on a project to “Understanding the Interactions Between Liquid Crystals and Carbon Nanotubes.”


Read Wins $10K DOW Sustainability Challenge, Farmer Wins Honorable Mention


Laura Read wins $10K DOW Sustainability Challenge

Laura Read wins $10K DOW Sustainability Challenge

Laura Read, a doctoral student in the Water Diplomacy | IGERT program, won one of two top prizes for the DOW Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA). Her proposal, based on research with Professor Richard Vogel, seeks to better prepare engineers to incorporate the effects of climate change and urbanization into the design of flood management solutions. Doctoral recipient Will Farmer, also an advisee of Rich Vogel, received an honorable mention for his proposal on sustainable water management in ungauged basins. Congratulations, Laura and Will!

WBUR’s Learning Lab features CEEO and Malden High School Maker Space

Peter Balonon-Rosen of WBUR’s Learning Lab blog wrote a piece about the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) and their work with student at Malden High School. In the piece “Inquiry-Based Arts And Engineering Space Enriches Student Learning“, Balonon-Rosen talks with Assistant Professor Ben Shapiro about the CEEO and the value of maker spaces.

“Historically when you look in schools where there is inquiry-based learning, it’s the kids who are sort of on the most high-track academic track who get that in their classes and the kids who are not there tend to have much more traditional didactic instruction,” said Shapiro, a McDonnell Family Professor of Engineering Education at Tufts University, who helped secure the grant.

“We wondered if we could … create conditions in the school where all kids, including the kids who are not seen as the most-likely academic high achievers, get to do inquiry as part of their everyday learning,” Shapiro said.

Miller and Saibaba Featured on Cover of Inverse Problems

Eric Miller

Eric Miller

The research of Professor and Chair Eric Miller (ECE) and postdoc Arvind Saibaba is featured on the cover of the January issue of the journal Inverse Problems. The work, in collaboration with Professor Peter Kitanidis at Stanford University, develops computationally efficient methods for estimating the state of large-scale, noisy, and dynamical systems, opening up possibilities for real-time monitoring and control of processes in fields ranging from medicine and biology to subsurface remediation, carbon sequestration, and numerical weather prediction.



Fig. 8 Variance of the computed solution at time 30 h after injection computed on the grid of size.

Tufts Softball One Win from NCAA Finals

Allyson Fournier, ChBE 15

Senior CF Michelle Cooprider went 4 for 4 with four runs scored and two rbis as the top-ranked Tufts Softball team earned an 8-0 five-inning victory over WPI in game one of the NCAA Championship Super Regionals Thursday at Spicer Field.

Softball Championship ChBE Senior Allyson Fournier pitched a three-hit shutout for the Jumbos, who are now one win away from making their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Finals.

Fournier improved to 29-0 with the win, striking out 11 along the way. The Jumbos extended their NCAA Division III record winning streak to 47 games while improving to 45-0 this season. WPI dropped to 34-10.

Engineers Win Big at Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition

Engineering students won big at this year’s $100K New Ventures Competition held, April 7-8, 2015.

Computer Science seniors Karan Singhal and Jaime Sanchez were part of the winning team for the high-tech track. SpotLight Parking is an on-demand service that brings valet parking to the user’s fingertips through a mobile app that enables a customer to drive directly to a destination and be met by a SpotLight-enabled valet able to accept pre-registered credit cards. SpotLight Parking received the Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize, awarded to a project that bests demonstrate interdisciplinary engineering design and entrepreneurial spirit, and the Audience Choice Award, given to the highest-potential project as voted by event attendees.

Dylan Wilks, who graduates this year with his masters of science in engineering management from Tufts Gordon Institute, also tied for first place in the $100K. Dylan developed a low-cost, portable chemical analysis platform with marketability in the cosmetics, petroleum, and tobacco industries, among others.

Doctoral recipient Chirag Sthalekar and his advisor Valencia Koomson took third place in the $100K life sciences track for the development of low-cost and lightweight silicon microchip technology that accurately monitors cerebral blood flow to prevent brain damage in premature babies.

Read more about the Spring 2015 Finalists.


Tufts $100K Spotlight Parking

Members of the Spotlight Parking team receive their check.

Garcia Wins Grant for WaterSmart Innovations Conference

Margaret Garcia

The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) and the Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) named Margaret Garcia the recipient of a scholarship to attend the WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference in Las Vegas, October 7-9, 2015. Garcia is an NSF IGERT | Water Diplomacy fellow interested in management of urban water infrastructure, processes for planning and decision making under uncertainty, climate change, urbanization, water utilities, hydrological modeling.