School of Engineering
Ever wish your wine was cooler? Your iced coffee more iced? Michael Easton, E08, and Nicholas Wong, E07, decided to tackle this issue by designing the Coldwave Beverage Chiller, a pitcher that chills any beverage in under a minute. Designed to fit a single cup coffee maker, the Coldwave promises cold to ice cold beverages while preserving that delectable fresh-brewed flavor. The product is on sale now for delivery in May 2013, and buyers are encouraged to support the product through its page on Indiegogo, a popular crowd funding site.
Easton and Wong studied mechanical engineering at Tufts, and they work for IceColdNow, the company behind the Coldwave. Easton focuses on usability testing and marketing of the product, while Wong works on marketing and social media development.
Mid-November signals the start of frantic preparations for Thanksgiving, dramatic drops in temperature, and the return of those beloved red cups at Starbucks. But it also signals a sudden spike in mustaches–and other fanciful facial hair creations–throughout the country: it’s Movember, the annual phenomenon that encourages men to grow mustaches while raising money for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer.
A team of graduate students at Tufts’ Gordon Institute have risen to the challenge and are encouraging others to support their team. The “Tufts of Hair” team features 15 members, including Tufts Professor James Nash, and has been racking up donations throughout the month. Be sure to visit their page for more information, and enjoy this photo of the mustache-clad students below:
The Tufts Hybrid Racing Team recently debuted its new car–the “THR12”–by taking it for a test drive on the Tufts campus. The cutting-edge hybrid car has been in the works for two years, and the team is excited to keep refining its creation before the 2013 Formula Hybrid Competition.
The team, which is supported by the School of Engineering Dean’s Office and the Peter and Denise Wittich Family Fund for Alternative Energy Research, has been building hybrid racing cars since 2008, and now works under the direction of Chris Jackson, E13, this year’s project leader.
For a sneak peak at the new “THR12”, watch the video below:
Halloween at Tufts is always marked by festive costumes and spooky decorations in dorm rooms. This year, a few ambitious freshmen decided to have some Halloween fun in the classroom, too – students in Professor Ethan Danahy’s “Simple Robotics” course created a haunted house using LEGO robotics. The haunted house was an effort to show off the skills they’ve acquired this semester while having a little nerdy – yet decidedly spooky – fun.
The project, supported by Tufts’ Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, was open to the public on October 31. Check out the video below to see these haunted LEGO robots in action!
Students in Professor Chris Rogers’ Introduction to Robotics class are having some fun in the classroom! Rogers, who works at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), is working with students to make musical instruments out of LEGO NXT equipment. This is LEGO engineering technology at its finest and it produces some impressive digital music, too!
Watch the video below, and learn more about LEGO NXT technology here:
The Tufts Eco-Reps, a group of students who work to promote environmental sustainability around campus, have released a humorous video about the benefits of taking short showers. Of course, short showers help conserve water. The Eco-Reps take this idea one step further, though, by poking fun at all the things you might miss if you’re wasting so much time in the shower each day. Check out the video below:
Maia Majumder, E12, spends her days working at Tufts’ downtown campus, but she makes time to explore her passion for fashion on the side. Majumder, who graduated from Tufts as an engineer last May and will receive her MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics this spring, recently started “Beantown Beauties,” a blog covering fashion and style in the greater Boston area.
The idea for the blog is simple – Majumder photographs well-dressed Bostonians she encounters on the street, at work, in Starbucks, or wherever else she happens to be, and then shares the photos with her online followers. She says:
The idea is very simple. I ask beautifully dressed people I see on the street if I may quickly photograph them and their outfits for this blog. As most of us who dress beautifully tend to do so (at least partly) to make an impression on those around us, most say yes. (Plus, what a better way to make someone’s day than to note his or her excellence?)
She also provides links to affordable fashion sites and suggests some of her favorite local spots. Check out Beantown Beauties here, and get a glimpse into the fashionable side of Boston.
The Tufts chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers recently released a video entitled “How Engineers Make a World of Difference.” The short clip introduces several Tufts students who study everything from environmental engineering to human factors and ergonomics. They talk about what attracted them to engineering, why they love the programs that Tufts offers, and what kind of research interests them most. Check it out!
Did you know that Tufts has a Graduate Student Council, which aims to bring together graduate students from arts, sciences, and engineering? The council’s new video promotes the fun, interesting, and helpful activities they plan throughout the year – social events like an apple picking trip and pub nights, community outreach including a holiday food drive, and student advocacy and career development events.
Graduate students can also always gather in the GSC Student Lounge in the basement of West Hall. So head to West Hall to meet your fellow graduate students and we’ll see you on the apple picking trip!
Legend has it that when Charles Tufts donated the land for the university to be built upon, he did so because he wanted to put “a light on the hill.” Each year, the newest group of Jumbos come together for the candle-lighting ceremony. This beloved Tufts tradition signifies the beginning of these students’ Tufts experience.
New and transfer students gather on the president’s lawn where a few candles are lit and each student then lights the candle of the person beside them. The candlelight slowly progresses up the hill until the whole lawn is lit. Coming full circle, this class will join together again the night before graduation and will once again put “a light on the hill.”
Check out some of these great photos we found on Instagram of this year’s candle-lighting ceremony: