Category Archives: On and Off Campus

Civil & environmental engineers visit Skanska site

Skanska group tourRecently, Skanska hosted a Jumbo to Jumbo recruiting event. Tufts students heard presentations from recent Tufts graduates who now work for Skanska.

The alumni presenters were Aliandro Brathwaite, E14; Jeffrey Chang, E15; Sarah Ruckhaus, E14; Sydney Smith, E16; and Rip Swan, E15.

Topics included working with Skanska’s BIM Group/VDC Center of Excellence, and the 121 Seaport up-down project.

After the alumni presentations, Skanska hosted a below-ground tour of 121 Seaport to demonstrate the excavation of the foundation.


Asatekin Named TASSA Young Scholar

Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Assistant Professor Ayse Asatekin, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Assistant Professor Ayse Astaekin received a Young Scholar Award from the Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA). She will present a lecture and receive the award at the annual TASSA conference held April 2-3, 2016 at the University of Chicago.

Kuchma Speaks at 2016 Wind Energy Research Workshop

Professor Dan Kuchma, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Dan Kuchma, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Dan Kuchma discussed offshore installations and siting as part of the 2016 Wind Energy Research Workshop, sponsored by National Science Foundation, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Tufts University, and UMass Lowell which was held March 15-17.

Abriola Named U.S. Science Envoy

Linda Abriola, Civil and Environmental Engineering

University Professor Linda Abriola was named one of five Science Envoys by the U.S. Department of State.

As a Science Envoy, Abriola will engage internationally at the citizen and government levels to develop partnerships, improve collaboration, and forge mutually beneficial relationships between other nations and the United States to stimulate increased scientific cooperation and foster economic prosperity. Science Envoys travel as private citizens and help inform the White House, the Department of State, and the scientific community about potential opportunities for cooperation.

Abriola will focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and engineering in the Middle East and North Africa and South and Central Asia.

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.”

Rogers Interviewed by CNC Machine Company

Professor Chris Rogers, department chair of Mechanical Engineering

Professor and Chair Chris Rogers was interviewed about his educational philosophy by Owen Smithyman, a blogger for Other Machine Co., a company that produces CNC machines.

Read more of the “LEGO and Super Soakers” interview:

What are some things that you do in your Mechanical Engineering classes to ensure that students learn the material, that you would like to see more of in higher education?

Nonstandard projects. We always talk about people trying to get the “right” answer, which would be a solution diversity of zero — everybody having the same answer — as opposed to giving a problem where people can come up with their own answers.

One year in my robotics class, the problem was to build robots that play acoustic instruments. And so there were robots that played the bagpipes, the trombone, the mandolin, the piano, the xylophone, the ukulele. Because there are all these different solutions, they’re all learning different skills, and then they teach them to each other.

So instead of trying to have everybody learn the same information, how can we develop courses where everybody learns different information and learns how to talk to each other and leverage each other, just like we do in the business world? Why do we want everybody to learn the exact same thing in Fluids class or in Controls class or whatever? Wouldn’t it be far more powerful if we taught them how to talk to one another but then had them specialize and have their own expertise and have different projects?

Winston Receives IEEE-USA Highest Honor

Arthur Winston

Arthur Winston, director emeritus of the Tufts University Gordon Institute, will receive the Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award, IEEE-USA’s highest honor. Winston is being recognized “for leadership through innovation, mentoring and promoting engineering management and entrepreneurial practices, as well as the creation of new policies of national interest.”

Winston served as IEEE president in 2004 as well the IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) vice president. In this role, he extended EAB interests to include pre-university education and played a key role in the development of the engineering career resources Website, He is credited for bringing together for the first time deans of education and deans of engineering. In 2010, he received the EAB Meritorious Service Citation.

The Walleigh Award

The Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award is designed “to honor members of the engineering profession for long-term dedicated effort and outstanding accomplishments in advancing the aims of IEEE professional activities in the United States.”

Robert S. Walleigh was an electrical engineer and IEEE member who worked for the National Bureau of Standards – now the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – for more than 35 years. He supervised the building of NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., and retired as a senior adviser for international affairs in 1979. For the next 18 years he worked as an IEEE-USA senior specialist.

Miller Named SIAG/IS Chair

Professor Eric Miller

Professor Eric Miller

Professor and Chair Eric Miller has been named chair of the Imaging Science Special Interest Group (SIAG/IS) for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The chairship of the group, which looks at the sophisticated mathematical, statistical, and computational methods used in the reconstruction, enhancement, segmentation, analysis, registration, compression, representation, and tracking of two and three dimensional images, begins January 2016 for a two-year term.

Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Delivers Doraiswami Lecture at Iowa State

Andy Hillier, CBE chair (right), presents a commemorative Doraiswami plaque to Flytzani-Stephanopoulos.

Andy Hillier, CBE chair (right), presents a commemorative Doraiswami plaque to Flytzani-Stephanopoulos.

Professor Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos delivered the L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lecturer at Iowa State University College of Engineering.

The L.K. Doraiswamy Honor Lectureship in Chemical Engineering selects one internationally recognized scientist or engineer each year to present lectures at Iowa State University and at the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, India, the home of Doraiswami. The late Dr. Doraiswami was a faculty member of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State from 1989 to 2011 and was an Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering.

Flytzani-Stephanopoulos presented “Heterogeneous Catalyst Design at the Single Atom Limit: A Diverse Reaction Landscape.” Her pioneering research work focuses on understanding metal-metal and metal-oxide interactions at the atomic scale to guide processes for hydrogen and chemical production, and to maximize yields of desired products while using only trace amounts of expensive metals.