School of Engineering
Each year, graduating seniors in the electrical and computer engineering program are required to work on a two semester project that addresses and attempts to solve an engineering problem. Seniors Yorman Garcia, Taylor Perkins, Farhan Shaukat, and Weiyi Zheng, otherwise known as “Team Vermillion,” worked together to create a “smarter drone” that can pick the best navigational path using GPS, an Arduino, and a Wi-Fi chip. The project is in conjunction with a Senior Design Course taught by professor Ronald Lasser that extends the full year. In Garcia’s words:
In the course, students are taught about things like the design process, the importance of knowing how to interact with people of different backgrounds, the importance of being ethical, and much more.
You can watch the video of their drone below:
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Ever wonder how President Monaco takes his tea (spoiler alert: he doesn’t like tea) or what it’s like to live in Gifford House? Before his first commencement here at Tufts on Sunday, check out this “Interview with President Monaco” and get a glimpse into the life of Tony Monaco and his first year at Tufts:
Note: Though recently posted, this video was filmed earlier this year.
An Asian American Studies minor is the newest minor at Tufts, but before the program was approved, the Asian American Alliance hosted a “Teach-In” to talk about what Asian American Studies is and why it’s important. The below video shows the meeting where they first present the audience with the question, What does studying Asian American identity mean? They examine stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans, argue why they believe a minor is important to the Tufts community, and even discuss historical strikes on college campuses revolving around ethnic studies programs. In their own words, the group is advocating for a “generational commitment to a robust Asian American studies, Africana studies, and Race/Ethnic studies program.”
Check out the Teach-In:
While both Tufts University and Tufts Alumni have started using Instagram to document life at Tufts, it’s always nice when students, staff, and visitors share their experiences of campus through social media. Here are a few great Instagram images we came across with the tag #Tufts. Feel free to follow the school’s accounts - TuftsUniversity and TuftsAlumni - and don’t forget to tag your photos so we can check out your time at Tufts!
Tufts Film Works is Tufts’ local resource for student films on campus. Between sponsoring the re-occurring ExCollege class Making Movies, as well as providing students with the equipment for filming, the program is the ultimate resource on campus for aspiring actors, screenwriters, producers, and directors. Recently, students from this semester’s Making Movies class with Professor Don Schechter put together a short film as part of their assignment. In the words of co-director Kaveh Veyssi, A14:
The focus was to be able to tell a story through all the elements of film: lighting, editing, sound, music, acting (body language and eyes), mise en scéne, etc. The four of us were put together and given three weeks to write, cast, produce, direct this short film. We were trying to tell a story without any dialogue, so we tried using sound and music to our advantage more than anything because as we’ve learned in the class, quite often sound is more important in the telling of a story than dialogue or the visual aspect of a film.
See the result below:
Ammar Khaku, E12, wanted to find a way to visually represent where his classmates would be after graduation. When he couldn’t find a tool that did that well, he decided to build Tufts2012.com. He says, “The concept started off as a simple map with markers, but I added more features before it launched.”
He hopes that the site will be a resource for members of the class of 2012 to find other people in their area, and will create an interesting accumulation of statistics about the class. In the future, he plans to add optional information about what company people are working for or what they’re doing in the area, as well as restricting access to Tufts students and alumni. If the site takes off, he has even more plans including possible LinkedIn integration. He says, “I’m also taking feature requests, so let me know if there’s something you think would be cool!”
As for Ammar, his pin on the map is placed in Redwood City, California, where he’ll be working at Evernote next year.
If you were on campus recently, you couldn’t miss the campaign for TCU President. Behind the chalking around campus, the Facebook groups, websites and t-shirts were a lot of great ideas to address issues that Tufts students face. Candidates Wyatt Cadley (’13) and Logan Cotton (’13) stirred up discussion on a variety of topics.
In the election on Tuesday April 24th, Wyatt Cadley won the race, and will assume the role of TCU President for next year. Both candidates built strong campaign teams and successfully engaged voters, with 49.76% of voters turning out – an increase of 1,000 voters from last year!