Category Archives: Students

Black Wins One of Two NCAA Scholarships

Black_NCAAEvery 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.

Malik Receives Ricci Prize for Interdisciplinary Engineering Design

04/07/2016 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. -  Award presentation:  Inge Milde, director of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies (ELS) program & senior lecturer and Team Hujambo The 2016 $100K New Ventures Competition at Breed Memorial Hall in Tufts University, Thursday, April 7, 2016. (Chitose Suzuki for Tufts University)

Team Hujambo poses after winning the Ricci Prize.

In the 2016 $100k New Ventures Competition, first-year biomedical engineering student Shehryar Malik was part of 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 $10 high-tech smartphone that makes cellular service, messaging, data, and apps accessible across the globe.

Luo and Mohamud Take First Place in High-Tech Track

Mimir Insights, a Tufts student startup team,  pose for a photo after winning first place in the High-Tech / General category.

Mimir Insights, a Tufts student startup team, pose for a photo after winning first place in the High-Tech / General category.

Computer science juniors Ian Luo and Abdisalan Mohamud 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.

Casey and Wan Win Awards for Engineering Education

Carter Casey, computer science

Carter Casey, computer science

Qianwen Wan, electrical and computer engineering

Qianwen Wan, electrical and computer engineering

Carter Casey (CS) and Qianwen Wan (ECE) received awards for Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education for significantly enhancing the education programs of their departments. Casey and Wan received the awards at the 18th Annual Graduate Student Awards ceremony on April 29, 2016 in Distler Hall, Granoff Music Center.

BME Receives Faculty and Graduate Student Awards

David Kaplan, Biomedical Engineering

Stern Family Professor and Chair David Kaplan (BME) received the 2016 Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award for his outstanding support of graduate students from course completion through research and post-degree placement.

Biomedical engineering students Joseph Lyons and Kelly Sullivan received awards for Outstanding Academic Scholarship as master’s and doctoral candidates, respectively.

Doctoral student Pami Anderson received an award for the Commitment to the Practice of Engineering with her substantial record of practice-based experience and accomplishment.

Kaplan and students received the awards at the 18th Annual Graduate Student Awards ceremony on April 29, 2016 in Distler Hall, Granoff Music Center.

Stieglitz and Rohr Receive NSF GRFPs

Jessica Stieglitz, PhD candidate, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Jessica Stieglitz, PhD candidate, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Doctoral candidate Jessica Stieglitz and alumnus Brian Rohr, E13, both from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering received the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship award. Honorable mentions included alumni Jesse Zhang, E14 (EE); Raymond Wang, A13 (BME, Biochem); and Dylan Jones, E15 (ME).

New Scientist Interviews Jacob and Yuksel about BACh System

Computer Science Professor Rob Jacob and doctoral student Beste Filiz Yuksel’s BACh System — Brain Automated Chorales – helps beginners learn to play Bach chorales on piano by measuring how hard their brains are working. It only offers a new line of music to learn when the brain isn’t working too hard, avoiding information overload. BACh estimates the brain’s workload using functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), a technique that measures oxygen levels in the brain. Read more of the story in New Scientist magazine.

Their paper “Learn Piano with BACh“, including co-authors Remco Chang, Kurt Oleson, Lane Harrison, Evan Peck, and Dan Afergan, won the CHI2016 Best Paper Award.

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)