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CLEAN WATER FOR ALL
TUFTS ENGINEERS WORK TOWARDS MAKING HEALTHY DRINKING WATER ACCESSIBLE WORLDWIDE.
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20 SUSTAINABILITY HOW TUFTS ENGINEERS are creating solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental issues
24 HUMAN TECHNOLOGY INTERFACE AS TECHNOLOGY continues to advance, our engineers create projects to help us keep up
28 HUMAN HEALTH ADVANCING the medical ﬁeld through
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collaboration and innovation
ON THE COVER FROM WATER DIPLOMACY TO CLEAN WATER TECHNOLOGY, Tufts’ research
and interdisciplinary collaborations surrounding water are amongst the strongest in the country. COVER PHOTOS BY GILES CLARKE/GETTY IMAGES (FRONT), STOCKBYTE/GETTY IMAGES (BACK)
FROM THE DEAN Have a passion for business alongside your love of designing user interfaces? Perfect. Can’t imagine missing out on that Women’s Science Fiction Class? Go for it! We want our students to feel prepared to tackle the world’s challenges as they leave Tufts, but also have the ﬂexibility to explore and create the educational experiences that will matter most to them. Finally, Tufts engineers care about the world. Through three main themes—sustainability, engineering for human health, and human technology interface—Tufts students examine the difﬁculties we face in our lives and work toward ﬁnding solutions. Whether it’s ﬁnding better ways to provide clean water supplies for residents of a village in Uganda, or studying the impact of car emissions found in tunnels close to Boston on the air quality in the city, students are making a difference in how we approach cha llenges around the world.
University School of Engineering. Founded in 1898, the School of Engineering is an interesting blend of resources—it has the opportunities of a top-tier research university combined with the individual attention only found at a smaller liberal arts college. In my nine years at Tufts, I have come to realize a few things about the School of Engineering : Tufts engineers are engaged in their learning. Whether they are in the lab working closely with an expert in their ﬁeld, or getting hands-on experience learning from a
MEET THE STUDENT COMMUNICATION GROUP Most of what you’re about to read was written by these Tufts students. Keep an eye out for their voices as they introduce you to the Tufts community.
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professor of the practice, our students are exposed to the highest level of learning by doing. They leave knowing not just how to think, but how to do as well—and that makes a difference as they head out into the world after graduation. Students in the School of Engineering enjoy a close community. With just over 200 undergraduates per class, spread over 12 programs, Tufts engineers get to know their classmates well—but not just their engineering classmates! We require students to take classes in the liberal arts and encourage them to explore beyond the engineering curriculum. Want to become ﬂuent in a language? Great.
I am pleased to introduce you to Jumbo Engineer. Inside you will ﬁnd stories about some of the exciting developments within the School of Engineering. I hope that you will ﬁnd reasons to explore beyond our magazine and visit the campus. We look forward to meeting you sometime soon. Best,
Karen Richardson, Dean of Admissions
DESMOND FONSECA ’20 from Bridgewater, MA
CHLOE MALOUF ’20 from Gaithersburg, MD
CAMERON HARRIS ’18 from Shelburne, VT
ABIGAIL MCFEE ’17 from Chadron, NE
DYLAN HONG ’19 from West New York, NJ
HANNAH STEINBERG ’17 from Scarsdale, NY
LIAM KNOX ’19 from Princeton Junction, NJ
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PICK AND CHOOSE
The engineering curriculum is broken down into categories to make sure our engineers are well prepared to handle the demands of the engineering profession while still providing flexibility for interdisciplinary exploration. Over the course of four years, our engineers take 10 introductory classes, 6 humanities/arts/social science (HASS) courses, 8 foundation classes, 12 concentration courses, and 2 free electives. Below, you will ﬁnd some examples of classes, but there are many more to choose from!
2D animation Environmental Policy Design of Medical Instruments Steel Bridge Design Water at Risk: Flint and Beyond Computer Interface Design Natural Resource Conﬂicts: The Struggle for Earth’s Diminishing Health Neuroscience and Criminal Justice Human/Animal Studies Kids and Computers: Exploring Educational Tech, Apps and Games Advanced Drawing: Systems, Serials and Diagrams 3D Design Studio Sound and the Moving Image
Introduction to Engineering Introductory Mathematics/Natural Science Class Calculus I + II + III General Physics I + II with Lab
FOUNDATION Introduction to Electrical Systems Chemical Process Principles Computer Aided Design with Lab Introduction to Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics) Cells and Organisms with Lab Introduction to Computer Science Thermodynamics Technical and Managerial Communication Data Structures Geographic Information Systems Mathematical Modeling Introduction to Materials Science Chemical Kinetics and Dynamics Optics and Wave Motion
Mechanical Design and Fabrication Public Health Engineering Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics Transport Phenomena II Microprocessor Architecture and Applications with Lab Dynamics and Vibration Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering Environmental Chemistry Machine Structure and Assembly Language Programming Electromagnetic Fields & Waves Instrumentation and Experiments Introduction to Hydraulic Engineering
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Introduction to Computing in Engineering Chemical Foundations + Principles with Lab General Physics with Lab Differential Equations
Expository Writing Politics in the American South Epidemics: Plagues, Peoples and Politics Ancient Greek and Roman Medicine Scene Painting Myth, Ritual, and Symbol Hitchcock: Cinema, Gender, Ideology Colonialism in Global Perspectives Elementary Sanskrit Western Political Thought Human Rights and Culture
Reactor Design Principles of Controlled Release and Drug Delivery Chemical and Biological Engineering Lab Environmental Toxicology Operating Systems The Art of Building Human Robot Interaction Introduction to Photonic Crystals Design of Medical Instruments Entrepreneurship for Computer Science Engineering Management Computational Biology Introduction to Microwaves
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SNAPSHOTS FROM THE HILL
SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT ALL STUDENTS in the engineering school must take a senior design class that consists of a
semester-long project. Students have created a portable fetal heart rate monitor, a solar insolation calibration device, and redesigned the popular TuftsLife website. One team of ﬁve mechanical engineers is making a dog harness that dispenses treats by remote control. Their client trains dogs at the Tufts Veterinary School and needs to be able to give a dog a treat within one second of the dog completing the task, so the dog associates the treat with the action. Whether you love puppies, climate justice, pizza, or really anything with an associated design challenge, the senior project is sure to be a rewarding experience for all engineers.
EX-COLLEGE CLASS HIGHLIGHT: WOMEN AND WATER: FIGHTING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE HAVE YOU EVER pondered what it really means to have access
to water? This class, taught by a former employee of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (so you know it’s legit), discusses stories of the ﬁght to protect both access to and the quality of clean water. This course focuses on environmental studies concepts, but through the lens of the inspiring women who have fought for environmental justice and conservation.
HACKATHON THIS OCTOBER, Tufts held a 24-Hour Hackathon competition
for students to create a product or proof of concept. Fueled by snacks, adrenaline and lots of caffeine, the 300 coders utilized a team of mentors and designers to create any app or program that they’ve been day-dreaming about. Final projects included practical and innovative solutions to important problems, such as an app to help sexual assault victims ﬁnd mental health resources, physical health, and legal resources. Another project allows students to order takeout food directly to the computer science building, a much-needed service for late night programmers.
BEST THE BRIDGE TO ENGINEERING SUCCESS AT TUFTS (BEST) program is designed to help prepare
ﬁrst generation and historically under-represented engineering students for the rigors of an engineering curriculum by enrolling them in two summer courses before their freshman year. Additionally, students participate in academic and college-life workshops speciﬁcally created to assist ﬁrst-year students in their transition from high school to college life. BEST director Dr. Kristin Finch said the program aims to create a family of students that supports and nurtures each other all four years of their Tufts education and beyond. 4
STUDY ABROAD WHO SAYS engineers can’t study abroad? Thanks to the ten Tufts Programs Abroad and over
150 other pre-approved programs available to Jumbo undergraduates, the world is at our students’ ﬁngertips no matter their major. Engineers often choose to study abroad in English speaking countries, like civil engineer Harshit Agrawal ’17 and chemical engineer Chloe Wong ’17, who studied in London and Australia, respectively. Even though that is the more common course of study, our engineers are not limited to those destinations! Erynne van Zee ’17, an environmental engineer, took her studies to Istanbul, Turkey. She says, “While in Istanbul, I learned to challenge my own norms through exploration, and think critically about the intersection of climate change impacts and regional politics. Studying abroad gave a new dimension to environmental engineering.”
CENTER FOR STEM DIVERSITY TUFTS UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR STEM Diversity works in con-
junction with the Schools of Engineering and Arts and Sciences to establish an inclusive and diverse environment. The center serves as an umbrella organization for the various diversity programs on campus, including SWE (Society of Women Engineers), NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers), SOLES (Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists), and OSTEM (Out in STEM).
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WHAT HAPPENS when you get three friends together who
share the same deﬁning belief that music has the power to connect people? You develop an app to share that philosophy with the world, of course! Started by Mario Gomez-Hall ’15, Amadou Crookes ’15 and Gabe Jacobs ’15, this app allows users to comment on and share music using Spotify and SoundCloud integration. Described as the “Instagram for music” and featured in Forbes, this app became an instant hit with audiophiles and casual listeners alike for its ability to create a playlist curated by your community.
JUMBO CHEF: APPLE NACHOS AS MADE BY
Camille Saidnawey ’17 INGREDIENTS 4 sliced apples and from the Sundae bar: hot fudge, caramel, chunky peanut butter, and M&Ms
Cover a plate with sliced apples. Spread chunky peanut butter on half or the slices. At the sundae bar (available three nights each week!), add hot fudge, caramel, and any other sundae toppings. Consume with a bunch of friends!
CLIC THE NEW Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC)
holds more than just the Physics and Human Factors Engineering departments. With many open-concept collaboration spaces and colorful murals, it has quickly become a favorite study spot on campus. If you study on the third ﬂoor then you might be lucky enough to meet Paul, the physics labs coordinator. He stops by to give students chocolate, cookies, or cool demos on different mechanical devices! 5
THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING COMPLEX
“Strong individual disciplines, brought together by collaboration and interaction, offer the best potential for discoveries that address a wide range of human and environmental concerns.” That was what Tufts President Tony Monaco—a geneticist himself—had to say about the nearly ﬁnished building on campus: the brand new Science and Engineering Complex, or SEC. The SEC, to be completed this year, will house two inaugural thematic research collaborations. First, the theme of global and environmental change will synthesize research from the biology, earth and
ocean sciences, and civil and environmental engineering departments. The second theme is neuroscience—it will focus on the brain’s function and adaptability—and the hope is that it will bring together not only departments but campuses, creating a bridge between our undergraduate, medical, and veterinary students. At the heart of the SEC, surrounded by labs and classrooms, an atrium has been designed not only for socializing, but also for collaborating. The atrium is capped by a clear glass ceiling and includes a sixty-foot long art wall designed by artists from
the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Throughout the building, conversations about regenerative medicine and research, buzz about a particularly challenging problem set, and the scratch of pencils in sketchbooks and on graph paper meld together in the interdisciplinary and collaborative spirit of the SEC. “It is through working together— and socializing in the bright new spaces in [this building]—that interaction and exciting innovation can occur,” said President Monaco. With this new space and emphasis on collaboration, our students will be able to take their work to new heights.
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DORM HACKS Tufts engineer Dylan Hong ’19 reveals some easy dorm hacks to maximize space and transform a typical dorm room into a home.
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DIY NIGHTSTAND Using some adhesive clips, two shoelaces, a tray, and some physics, you can fashion a stable nightstand to hold whatever you need by your bedside! MAKESHIFT WALL PROJECTOR For movie nights, pick up a projector for your room, giving you a much larger screen at a fraction of the price of a TV. Or make one yourself with a shoe box and magnifying glass. If you don’t have a wall that the projector will work on, grab some cheap white bedsheets and you’ll be able to enjoy a big-screen movie experience in the comfort of your dorm! CLOTHES PINS FOR PHOTOS Using clothespins and some string to hang up pictures around your dorm room will make decorating your room easier. You can add and rearrange photos throughout the year, and they’ll make for quick and easy cleanup at the end of the year.
EASY CABLE MANAGEMENT Keep your charging cables neat and tidy with binder clips to hold up the big end of the charger. Or have fun with it and use Lego people; turns out their hands are the perfect size for holding iPhone cables (that’s right, bring those babies out of storage and take them with you to college). STICKY MAGNETS FOR ORGANIZATION For tiny things that seem to constantly run out no matter how many you buy (bobby pins, paper clips...), magnets are a perfect solution. You can stick them to the wall, your desk, or the inside of a drawer for simple, classy organization. PAINT SWATCH WALL MURAL If your walls are asylum bare and posters aren’t quite your thing, making some designs out of paint swatches is a budget-friendly and creative way to breathe some life into your room! Hit up Hillside Hardware on the corner of campus for some free decor. 7
APPLICATIONS IN ENGINEERING At Tufts, we want our engineers to get hands-on, team-based experience...in their very first semester. That’s why every engineer takes an intro to engineering class that gives them practical experience with an engineering discipline as they explore their interests. Read up on the classes below! Music and the Art of Engineering If you are curious about the different ways that sound can be engineered, this may be the class for you! This course covers topics such as pitch, tone, ﬁlters, distortion, ampliﬁcation, sampling, and digital ﬁltering. An introduction of MATLAB allows students to also dive into the physics of sound, as well as the ethics behind sound engineering. Introduction to Renewable Energy While going off the fossil-fuel driven grid might sound like a great idea in the face of climate change, implementing a system of alternative energy remains a signiﬁcant engineering challenge. Solar and wind energy sources require a lot of land, and efﬁcient energy storage technology does not exist. This class uses labs to explore the renewable energy technology of today, as well as the natural resource requirements of different energy systems. Introduction to Computational Design With the availability of increased computing power, many engineering disciplines now rely on computation to explore different design options. This class will teach you how to model a problem with math, and how to use computers to optimize a product using a digital model. The class culminates in a project that involves making a soft-bodied robot caterpillar that crawls as fast as possible, using the latest computing and design technology. Simple Robotics Excited about competition based laboratories and hands-on group projects? Do you love LEGO MINDSTORMS? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then look no further than Simple Robotics! Aimed at students with no prior programming or building background, this class will look at all facets of robotics, including construction, programming, computer vision, event based programming, artiﬁcial intelligence, and elementary controls. Microbrewery Engineering The process of brewing beer is a complex and multifaceted endeavor that has evolved from what was probably a fascinating prehistoric accident. This course will serve as an introductory overview of the science associated with humanity’s oldest biotechnology. Furthermore, microbrewery will serve as a case study in examining the rapid deployment of new sustainable technologies. Plus, you can tell your friends you learned how to brew a beer from scratch. What’s not to love?
Design of the Built Environment What does it mean to design safe and sustainable structures? Using case studies such as the Pantheon, Sagrada Familia, and Burj Khalifa, this class will examine the phenomena of mechanics, materials, and form in architectural engineering. Observational experiences and hands-on activities from our own back yard and around the globe will show future engineers how we can learn from the world’s best structures of yesteryear to build even better ones tomorrow. Climate Change Engineering How do engineers respond to problems related to climate change? This question will only become more relevant as time goes on, and this class will attempt to tackle this crucial issue from an interdisciplinary perspective, starting with the basic principles of climate science, environmental mitigation, and adaptation. In the lab, students will take a close look at biofuel production, solar and wind energy, and hydrologic modeling. Introduction to Nanobiotechnology Through hands-on experience, this class will serve as a crash course on nanoscience and nanotechnology. Students will learn about the preparation, characterization, and applications of nanomaterials in areas such as imaging, biosensors, and therapy. Of course, plenty of time will be spent in the lab exploring this technology in the context of biomedical engineering. How to Make Stuff This course title says it all. Students will learn about every production method in the book, from older traditions like metal working and wood working to newer manufacturing methods like laser cutting, 3D printing, and CNC techniques. With an emphasis on hands-on learning, this class will also venture into the realm of microcontrollers and embedded webservers. Designing Stuff People Can Use Usable products are (usually) not an accident, but rather result from careful design and planning based on the needs of the people who seek to use them. This course will explore good and bad product design and show how human factors engineering principles can help produce products that are effective, efﬁcient, and easy to use. Lectures, demonstrations, and hands- on projects will be used to instruct students in the methods of usability engineering and product design.
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EVEN THOUGH TUFTS ENGINEERS ARE BUSY INSIDE THE CLASSROOM, THAT DOESN’T MEAN THEY DON’T HAVE TIME TO JOIN ONE (OR MORE) OF OUR VARIOUS STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS. HERE ARE OUR FAVORITE CLUBS WITH AN ENGINEERING TWIST.
Jumbo Code A collective of students that develop awesome software at no charge for nonproﬁt and Federal organizations. (Fun fact: this group developed the interactive app for Jumbo Days, our admitted student program!)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE): 30% of our engineers are female. So it’s no surprise that Tufts SWE is such a successful student organization. From social events like SWE-iesta and SWEets with SWE to their annual professional development conference, there is no better club to celebrate being a pioneer in a male-dominated ﬁeld.
Tufts Robotics Club This club is more than just students ﬂying drones on the academic quad. The team’s fire fighting robot and battle bot (“The Jumbonator”) have participated in—and won—many competitions around the northeast.
Engineering Mentors Ever been speed dating? Tufts Engineering Mentors pairs 1st & 2nd year Engineers with 3rd and 4th year mentors within their major. This group is a great way to have a support system, get advice and make a friend.
Robotic Sail Team They are not your traditional sailing team. Their goal? To autonomously sail across the Atlantic Ocean. They recently developed a retractable wing “sail” and participated in an international competition called Sailbot.
Tufts Racing Your mission is to design and build, from the ground up, an open-wheel, single-seat, plug-in hybrid race car. From welding to racing, they compete annually in the Formula Hybrid and Formula Electric SAE competitions against colleges nationwide.
Student Teacher Outreach Mentor Program (STOMP) STOMP uses LEGO bricks and robotics to inspire the next generation of engineers. They bring fun, hands-on, engineering-based curricula to middle school classrooms all over Boston! Favorite units include building an earthquake box, fabricating a prosthetic hand, and making ice cream.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Want to travel to a new place and provide clear water to local communities? EWB members—engineers with a sense of social responsibility—create sustainable solutions for clean water systems. Current projects are in Malawi and Nicaragua. While the primary focus is on water quality testing and treatment systems, the group also strives to include educational activities and build a lasting relationship with the community.
Tufts Entrepreneurs Society (TES) You can ﬁnd many of our engineers participating in Tufts Entrepreneurs Society’s events, including their Elevator Pitch Competition and Entrepreneurship Conference. This year, many brought their engineering expertise and innovative ideas to TES’s 3 Day Startup event.
Tufts Computer Science Exchange What do Facebook, Google, Cymbal (a music social media app created by members of the Class of 2015) and 300 Tufts students have in common? Tufts PolyHack, a 24-hour Hackathon. The 24 hours consists of coding, collaborating with peers, learning from industry professionals and presenting their projects for prize money. Throughout the year you can also ﬁnd Tufts CSE hosting Idea and Project Nights at Tamper Café.
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BRINGING ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO TUFTS UNIVERSITY
The Gordon Institute specializes in developing the next technology leaders by promoting entrepreneurship and leadership amongst undergraduate and graduate students. Run through the School of Engineering, the program provides Engineering Management (EM) and Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies (ELS) minors. Both include leadership, ethics, and business planning courses. The professors are “Professors of the Practice,” meaning they have successful backgrounds in their industry and can share their experiences with their students (read: they’ll bring in gadgets that aren’t on the market yet and ask
students for feedback for extra credit assignments— yes please!). They teach classes like Entrepreneurial Marketing, Management of Innovation, and The Creative Design Process of Products. Recognizing that engineering doesn’t happen in a bubble, The Gordon Institute stresses the need for students to understand how companies work. Classes are project based, include product design, and often involve working with real companies. For a Creative Design Process of Products class, a team of students made jewelry that connects to Bluetooth and can send a safety alert if the user is in distress. They have thought-provoking debates on topics like the ethics of tech innovators like Edward Snowden, how to navigate interpersonal dilemmas, and the implications of social media on marketing. And, sometimes,
students will pitch business plans to mock investors…it’s like our own version of Shark Tank. While Tufts doesn’t have a business school, The Gordon Institute provides students with the background they need to make their innovations a reality. One way to practice business skills is through the Tufts 100k New Ventures Competition. Teams with product ideas related to the life sciences, social impact, or high tech pitch their product to judges. Past winners include an on-demand valet service app, a streamlined, simple and secure way to secure IVs in pediatric patients, and a team that makes $10 smart phones by designing their own operating system. —Camille Saidnawey, Mechanical Engineer ’17
WORLDWIDE PROBLEM SOLVING
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Whether it is through an internship or full time job, Jumbo engineers go across the country (and the world) to create solutions to problems facing society today.
ENGINEER? ATHLETE? BOTH!
Lara Dienemann ’18 from Portsmouth, NH Mechanical Engineer—varsity sailing
David Lackner ’19 from Newport, RI Electrical Engineer and entrepreneurial leadership minor—varsity ice hockey
Lena Chang ’19 from Palo Alto, CA Engineering Psychology Major—women’s varsity soccer team
“Balancing the work load of an engineer and a varsity athlete can be challenging at times; however, it allows you to partake in so many of the opportunities this school has to offer. It has exposed me to both the rigorous studies of Tufts and the pride in playing for your school. I have been fortunate to build so many friendships with people from all different parts of campus. Whether it is in the lab or on the ice, being involved in both electrical engineering and ice hockey has brought me closer to what I believe it means to be a Jumbo.”
“I handle the time commitments of being an engineer and athlete by making to-do lists to help me prioritize my work. I love my major, and I can’t image college without soccer. Having a team beside me for constant support has shaped me into who I am today!”
Ipek Emekli ’18 from Istanbul, Turkey Mechanical Engineer and engineering management minor—varsity track and ﬁeld
Craig Drennan ’18 from Miami, FL Environmental Engineer—varsity swimming and diving team
Tafari Duncan ’17 from Hartford, CT Computer Science Major—men’s varsity crew team
“I joined the track and ﬁeld team as a walk-on, and it was the best decision I made since I came to college—you get an amazing family while doing the sport that you love. It is a huge time commitment, but I don’t know how I could have managed the work-load without the support of my team. My wish to see all my teammates succeed has made me love Tufts even more.”
“Swimming with the team and pursuing my engineering degree, while challenging, has without a doubt shaped me into the person I am today. The athletics community is ﬁlled with coaches willing to help me through any problems I have, and with friends and teammates who have been with me through the thick and thin. Juggling the two timeintensive activities has of course improved my time management skills, but also helped me connect to a whole new side of the University. I can say without a doubt that given the opportunity, I would juggle the two for another four years.”
“Communication is key. It’s not always easy, but working with your coach and your professors to communicate about deadlines and your workload will help to ensure success. I try to have a strong relationship with my professors and ﬁnd that communicating any issues I have in advance allows me to get all my work completed in a timely manner.”
“My sport is special to me because it gives me a lot of hands on engineering practice on and off the water. We designed and continue to maintain our ﬂeet of boats ourselves. As an engineering student, I found ease assuming a role of an asset on the team as well as a student with real experience in my classes.”
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Who says that engineers can’t do it all? At Tufts, over 20% of our varsity athletes are also engineers. Here, you’ll meet 6 Jumbo engineers who are kicking butt on and off the field.
BRUCE AND SPAGHETTI TOWER PHOTOS BY KELVIN MA/TUFTS UNIVERSITY; PLEO, MUNCHA MUNCHA MUNCHA MUNCHA, AND PORTABLE SPACE PHOTOS BY ALONSO NICHOLS/TUFTS UNIVERSITY
HOT ITEMS THE GREAT WALL OF LEGO
BRUCE, JUMBO’S UNDERSTUDY
The CEEO may sound professional, but they love their toys. The Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP) teaches middle school students how to create robots out of this dizzying collection of LEGO bricks. You will often find STOMP fellows hanging out by the wall to get inspired, building model prototypes or, sometimes, just playing around.
This is Bruce, a robot chicken puppet (awesome, right??). If you pet him on the back of his neck, his built-in sensors will detect your movement and Bruce will do a funky dance! Bruce was created using an NXT software which, due to its user-friendly nature, is commonly used to introduce robotics and coding to middle school students.
THESE ITEMS CAN ALL BE FOUND IN OUR CENTER FOR ENGINEERING EDUCATION AND OUTREACH!
3D PRINTING @ JUMBO’S MAKER KER KE R STUDIO From iPhone cases to replacement implants, 3D Printing technology has been pushing boundaries for years. Thanks to Jumbo’s Maker Studio, which houses Tufts’ own 3D printer, any Jumbo can use the printer and turn their designs and ideas into reality.
PLEO THE HUGGABLE DINOSAUR Pleo is a pet (robot) dinosaur that can interact with humans through programmed gestures, expressions, lights, sounds, and even speech. The CEEO uses this adorable dino for research in treatment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
SPAGHETTI TOWERS What would you come up with if you were given 20 sticks of raw spaghetti, a piece of tape and a marshmallow? Spaghetti towers introduce the concept of the engineering design process by challenging students to build the tallest, sturdiest and most creative tower to hold a single marshmallow.
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A PORTABLE SPACE FOR A BETTER WORLD
To inspire the next generation of engineers, the CEEO has developed a novel engineering approach to integrate engineering and literacy curricula in elementary and middle schools. Muncha Muncha Muncha is a book about a farmer who tries to protect his vegetables from three hungr y bunnies. Students use this book as a foundation to help them learn to identify problems and engineer solutions, helping the farmer build structures throughout the book to keep the bunnies out!
A maker’s space has all the tools and equipment needed for anyone to explore, discover, create and build. It provides the perfect balance between design, engineering and education. The CEEO has created its own Portable Maker Space which travels to low-income classrooms for these kinds of creative projects.
Dean Jianmin Qu’s energy is infectious. From the moment he stepped on campus as the newly appointed Dean of the School of Engineering in the fall of 2015, his enthusiasm has not wavered. Dean Qu is an accomplished mechanical engineer (whose research in theoretical and applied mechanics has led to safer airplanes), an author of a book that is still being used at universities around the world, and a teacher and mentor to many. But right now, his job is to bring our School of Engineering to new heights. With years of experience in the engineering ﬁeld, Dean Qu knows what qualities will make a strong engineer both today in the classroom, and years from now in the future. With the current technological revolution, jobs that exist today may be gone tomorrow, but new jobs will be created just as rapidly. It will be the engineers who create them, he says. And in order to be the pioneers of tomorrow’s job force, Dean Qu knows that today’s engineers need to be creative, innovative, civic-minded, adaptive, and socially conscious leaders. Dean Qu was drawn to Tufts because he believes in our interdisciplinary curriculum, project and teambased learning, global teaching, design focused curriculum, and emphasis on entrepreneurship. Speciﬁcally, he believes in the power of an engineering school with strong ties to the liberal arts. “I’ve always believed that engineers shouldn’t be just engineers. The liberal arts should be a prerequisite to everything,” he says. Dean Qu understands that it is important, and even crucial, for engineers to know about areas outside of their discipline. “Society and its problems are so complex that engineers have to go beyond the bounds of a classical
engineering education,” he said. Because society’s problems are interdisciplinary, the solutions need to draw upon different areas (like politics, law, public policy and culture) as well. Fortunately, the School of Engineering is part of a constellation of Tufts Schools—like the Tufts University School of Medicine, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Friedman School of Nutrition—that students can interact with and learn from. Dean Qu also values hands-on and experiential learning. Because Tufts is a small and studentcentered research university, about 60% of the engineering undergraduates engage in research with faculty members in state-of-the-art facilities right on the Medford and Somerville campus. These labs include the Visual Analytics lab, BrainComputer interaction lab, Soft-Materials Robotics lab, Silk Lab, Molecular Beam Epitaxy lab (the only one east of the Mississippi!), and the Virtual Reality Center (also known as the Caves). He also mentions the maker space, consisting of materials like a 3D printer and laser cutters, that embody his emphasis on creativity. Lastly, Dean Qu prides himself on the small size of our engineering school. A teacher and mentor himself (he has guided the work of over 30 Ph.D. students, 27 M.S. students and 14 postdocs!), he believes that the best way to educate young people is with experiential learning in an intimate setting. With about 200 students in each undergraduate class, there are more chances for students to work with faculty and receive a personalized education. All of us at Tufts are so excited to see what Dean Qu does next!
MEET DEAN JIANMIN QU KAROL FAMILY PROFESSOR AND DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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“Engineering education is not just about learning technology and techniques.”
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Tufts engineers are engaging in research tha sustainability, human technology interface, a
t is looking ahead in three thematic areasâ€” and human health.
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SUSTAINABILITY How can the engineering projects we develop today help us create a more sustainable world tomorrow? Professors and students collaborate to tackle issues such as water and water diplomacy, climate change mitigation, environmental remediation, alternative energy, and smart grids.
THE POWER OF SILK FIORENZO OMENETTO
Professor Omenetto runs the silklab—an applied biomaterials science laboratory that builds on the world-class biomaterials expertise resident at Tufts. This laboratory has deep roots in photonics nanotechnology and materials science and is a highly interdisciplinary research space. The core goal of the laboratory’s activities is to provide innovation for new advanced material processing and manufacturing based on sustainable carbon-neutral technologies like silk. These “living materials” will redeﬁne applications in medicine, food safety, sustainable manufacturing and technology. The lab’s research has been covered in multiple media outlets worldwide with results encompassing edible electronics, implantable wireless therapy, bioinspired architectures, photonic chemotherapy, natural fuel cells, brain interfaces, or food preservation to name a few. The laboratory brings together researchers from multiple ﬁelds that share the common goal of making a difference.
DEVELOPING RECYCLABLE ELECTROLYTES FOR BATTERIES MATTHEW PANZER
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering What do cell phones, hybrid/electric cars, and an increasing deployment of wind/solar electricity generation technologies have in common? They all highlight the critical need to develop reliable, safe, and efﬁcient electrical energy storage devices across a wide range of sizes. Professor Panzer’s research group has been actively exploring the use of room temperature molten salts, also known as ionic liquids, to serve as safe, stable, and recyclable electrolytes for next-generation supercapacitors and batteries. They are currently focused on the development of leakproof gel electrolytes that feature ionic liquids, as well as understanding the various chemical interactions within these materials that may be used to enhance and tune their ionic transport properties.
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Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Dean for Research, School of Engineering
SHAFIQUL ISLAM (Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) was recently awarded the 7th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water for his work in early cholera outbreak prevention. Professor Islam, who also directs the water diplomacy program, was recognized for his work using chlorophyll information from satellite data to predict cholera outbreaks at least three to six months in advance.
WATER FILTRATION AND SANITATION INTERVENTIONS DANIELE LANTAGNE
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering In the Lantagne Research Group, engineers seek to reduce the burden of infectious diseases—such as Ebola, cholera, and diarrhea—by investigating and evaluating the effectiveness of water and sanitation interventions in developing countries and emergencies. To do this, students and professors complete laboratory research, ﬁeld work, and policy work. In the lab, they are working to determine what disinfection options can be used to efﬁcaciously clean surfaces, hands, and human wastes in Ebola treatment units. Out in the ﬁeld, water ﬁlters are being tested to determine effectiveness and acceptability to reduce childhood diarrhea. The policy work in this lab is centered around developing recommendations for implementing water and sanitation programs to reduce cholera transmission.
BUILDING STRUCTURES TO CHANGE HOW WE INTERACT WITH LIGHT TOM VANDERVELDE
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
JACQUELYN NWAGWU (Environmental Engineer ’17) spent her summer in Ayse Asatekin’s lab, which focuses on smart polymers, membranes, and separations. Speciﬁcally, her project focuses on the diffusion of dyes through a semi-permeable membrane. Jaquelyn explains, “My research has exposed me to the many possibilities within chemical engineering.”
By bending light to their will, the Renewable Energy and Applied Photonics (REAP) laboratory helps us see better on the micro and the macro scale. REAP engineers are depositing materials, one single atomic layer at a time, in order to build complex structures that fundamentally change how we interact with and use light. These structures form the foundation of countless revolutionary devices, including thermophotovoltaics, which convert heat directly into electricity, photovoltaics (like solar cells), and high-speed transistors. Using the fundamental principles of mechanical and electrical engineering, physics, and materials science, REAP researchers are reﬁning materials and devices in a way that brings us closer to a sustainable future.
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Touch screens and implantable devices blur the line between technology and the body. Robotics take inspiration from cognition and the human mind. Tufts engineers integrate knowledge of thought, sight, and touch into interfaces as intuitive as they are high-tech.
ROBERT JACOB (Professor of Computer Science, pictured at right) leads the Human-Computer Interaction lab, which is currently focusing on implicit braincomputer interfaces. He says, “Our research in real-time measurement and machine learning classiﬁcation of functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) brain data leads us to develop, use, and evaluate brain measurement as input to adaptable user interfaces for the larger population.”
ANU GAMAGE (Electrical Engineering ’18) spent her summer working with Assistant Professor Usman Khan to create an inverted pendulum system. While most inverted pendulums have built-in sensors to provide the appropriate amount of force to balance itself, Anu took her model one step further. She created a system that separates the pendulum from its sensor so it would continue to balance and collect accurate measurements in the case of a cyberattack.
VALENCIA JOYNER KOOMSON
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering The Advanced Integrated Circuits and Systems (AICS) Lab conducts research on the design of nanoscale heterogeneous systems by integrating optical, RF, millimeter-wave devices, and nanomaterials to tackle problems in the biological sciences. Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is emerging as a promising non-invasive imaging tool for fundamental studies of biological processes, offering greater biochemical speciﬁcity, high temporal resolution, potential for concurrent intracellular and intravascular event measurement, and portability. This lab is working on the design of novel imaging sensors to increase the visibility of sub-millimeter structures and enable development of low-cost, portable NIRS systems for use in oncology and neurobiology.
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DESIGNING NANOSCALE HETEREOGENEOUS SYSTEMS
DEVELOPING EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
THE ETHICS BEHIND ROBOTICS MATTHIAS SCHEUTZ
NAVIGATING AUTOMATIC VEHICLES
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Professor of the Practice in Human Factors, Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor Hannon combines interests in engineering, product design, and psychology to develop educational technology, with a particular emphasis on supporting children and adults with special needs, such as autism and cognitive disabilities. A current project focuses on the use of robotics and rapid prototyping tools to encourage the development of social skills in children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. The lab includes equipment for supporting student research into ergonomics and biomechanics, psychophysical measurement, anthropometry, vehicle simulation, visual display design, usability testing, and team performance.
The focus of this lab is to make interactions with future robots as natural and effective as possible. In particular, Professor Scheutz is interested programming robots to respond to natural language. The challenge with such robots, aside from making natural language understanding and dialogue work correctly, is to ensure that robots will not carry out commands that could cause harm to humans or damage property. The lab has started to develop robotic control systems that make simple inferences based on human commands to determine whether the robot should carry them out as instructed or reject them because they violate an ethical principle.
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering Safely operating automated vehicles represents a major challenge in developing a next generation transportation infrastructure. Professor Rifeâ€™s research group is investigating methods for validating and bounding navigation performance to make automated vehicle operations safer. Applications include driving automated ground vehicles in highway trafďŹ c and automated aircraft landing. The end goal of this research is to develop novel control, navigation and interface technologies that ensure safe, reliable and seamless interactions between human and machine. The lab also analyzes the control of novel biomimetic robots from soft materials based on a caterpillar!
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HUMAN HEALTH Tissue engineering. Genomics. Arterial grafts made of silk. When Tufts engineers think about human health advances, we think on every scaleâ€”from tracing the neurological effects of nano-sized pollutants to mapping patterns of disease transmission worldwide.
VISUALIZING STRUCTURES WITHOUT A CONTRAST AGENT
FINDING PATTERNS IN HUMAN GENOMICS
EXAMINING THE LINK BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE AND HUMAN HEATH
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Department of Computer Science
Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Pennell’s research focuses on soil and groundwater remediation technologies, engineered nanomaterials, and the link between environmental exposure and human health. Through a grant from National Institutes of Health (NIH), Professor Pennell is studying the role of environmental toxicants in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with collaborators at the Boston Children’s Hospital. His work focuses on the use of high resolution mass spectrometry to measure trace levels of organic chemicals in plasma samples collected from children with ASD and their biological mothers. With support from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), Professor Pennell and his colleagues are investigating the use of polymers to sequester perﬂuorinated chemicals (PFCs) from contaminated groundwater.
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The Georgakoudi Lab is working on the development of non-invasive, high resolution optical imaging modalities that enable visualization of ﬁne structures within cellular and extracellular components of tissue without the need to add a contrast agent that may introduce artifacts or have side effects. Our tissues already have enzymes and proteins that can interact with light in unique ways that can be detected and exploited to help us identify subtle changes in important functional tissue aspects, such as metabolism and biomechanical properties. Since the techniques are non-invasive, they enable us to study multiple tissue characteristics simultaneously and dynamically over time. The lab is developing these methods to improve the understanding of diseases such as cervical and breast cancer, tissue repair mechanisms following injuries such as heart attacks, and interactions that occur in engineered tissue models. It is expected that this improved understanding will lead to improved diagnostics and therapeutics for a very broad range of applications.
When the ﬁrst draft sequence of the human genome was published in 2001, scientists were able to begin to read off nature’s blueprint, the instruction set for all the cells in our body. But just spelling out the letters is very different from understanding what they mean, or identifying which portions are important for different biological processes. Professor Cowen is interested in applying techniques from mathematics and computer science to identify patterns of importance in this data that can help ﬁnd genes and proteins that play critical roles in human health and disease. Integrating genomic data with data from other high-throughput data (for example, measurements of gene expression levels in patients with emphysema, versus healthy controls), the lab designs algorithms and machine learning methods that seek to identify genes that may be important in different complex diseases, and predict the structure or the function of their associated proteins.
CHIARA GHEZZI (Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering) and David Kaplan (Professor of Biomedical Engineering) direct the Tissue Engineering Resource Center. With a focus of advancing our research in biomaterials and bioreactors, this lab looks at everything from creating tissue that best mimics native tissue (like bone, intestine and cartilage) to the biological and chemical reactions that take place within a system.
CAN BACTERIA BE USED AS MEDICINE? NIKHIL NAIR
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering There are more bacterial cells living on our skin and in our bodies than there are human cells. These bacteria beneﬁt our health in many ways, and we have barely started to understand their contributions. The goal of this lab is twofold—to understand what these microbes are doing and then engineer these bacteria to be programmed as medicines to treat a variety of disorders, many of which currently have no cures. In addition, his lab is interested in why various features of life evolved the way they did and how different components (such as genes and proteins) can be altered to achieve a desired outcome. Professor Nair was recently honored with the 2016 National Institute of Health Director’s New Innovator award. Upon receiving the award, he said “I want my lab to do work that not only has a major scientiﬁc impact, but also a major societal impact”.
JENNIFER SKERKER (Environmental Engineer ’17) spent her summer studying air pollutants as a result of Boston’s Big Dig. She looked out how the air pollution was dispersing as it exited the tunnel, as well as the health implications of this pollution on residents in South Boston, Chinatown, and the North End.
DO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO B
Think you want to be a Tufts engineer? If so, we want to help you get there. Here are our top tips for applying to the School of Engineering from our very own Associate Director of Admissions, Meghan Dangremond!
Determine if you’re an engineer If the classes, research, and projects you’ve read about here make you jump for joy: you’re an engineer! But, if you’re on the fence between Biomedical Engineering and Biology, look at the “degree sheet” for your intended major. If that line-up entices you more than the thought of fulﬁlling our Arts and Sciences distribution requirements: you’re an engineer. Still unsure? Talk to current students, faculty, counselors, and parents: then go with your gut and apply to whichever school feels like the best ﬁt that day. You can always switch later!
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All applicants to the School of Engineering MUST have taken Physics and Calculus in high school. Our most competitive applicants will be in the most advanced science and math courses their school offers. The more STEM strength you show, the stronger your application will be. And embrace any electives that let you celebrate your inner engineer. Computer science, woodshop, orchestra…they all show an aptitude and mindset for engineering. It’s okay, and even encouraged, to specialize a little bit your senior year—if you need to forego a fourth year of foreign language in order to double up in math or science, that’s a decision we understand and support as we review your transcript.
Engineering is a quantitative ﬁeld, so having quantitative measures of your ability to succeed is important. For our process, you’ll need the ACT or the SAT with two Subject Tests. If you go the SAT route, plan to take your Subjects Tests in math and physics or chemistry. Either way, know that we’ll be paying particular attention to your scores and/or sub-scores in math and science.
Harness your engineering “voice” Tufts engineers aren’t just math and science whizzes. They’re also playful, creative, collaborative, logical, enthusiastic, and down to earth. In your essays, we’ll be looking for the soft skills that will make you a great engineer and the je ne sais quoi that will make you a great Jumbo. While you shouldn’t feel pressured to write about engineering speciﬁcally, do ask yourself if the topics you tackle showcase those attributes. And if writing isn’t your thing, don’t panic. Do the best you can with the task at hand, then feel free to show us your E-skills through a Maker Portfolio.
PROGRAMS With nearly 150 majors and minors, 30 interdisciplinary programs, and the courses of the ExCollege, Tufts’ offerings require more than a brief skimming, so you can find an expansion of this quick list on our website. But in the meantime, skim away. Just note that Tufts undergraduate programs are offered in three schools: Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Students may take classes across schools, and many students do. SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING MAJORS PROFESSIONAL DEGREES
Biomedical Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Science Electrical Engineering Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering ADDITIONAL DEGREE OPTIONS
Architectural Studies Engineering Engineering Physics Engineering Psychology/ Human Factors Engineering Science Environmental Health SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES MAJORS *available only as a second major Africana Studies American Studies Anthropology Applied Mathematics Applied Physics Arabic Archaeology Architectural Studies Art History Astrophysics Biochemistry Biology Biomedical Engineering Sciences* Biopsychology Biotechnology* Chemical Physics Chemistry Child Study and Human Development Chinese Classical Studies
Cognitive and Brain Sciences Community Health Computer Science Drama Economics Education* Engineering Psychology/ Human Factors English Environmental Studies* Film and Media Studies French Geological Sciences/Earth and Ocean Sciences Geology/Earth and Ocean Sciences German Language and Literature German Studies Greek Greek and Latin History Interdisciplinary Studies International Literary and Visual Studies International Relations Italian Studies Japanese Judaic Studies Latin Latin American Studies Mathematics Middle Eastern Studies Music Peace and Justice Studies Philosophy Physics Political Science Psychology Psychology/Clinical Concentration Quantitative Economics Religion Russian and Eastern European Studies Russian Language and Literature Science, Technology, and Society* Sociology
Spanish Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies SMFA AT TUFTS AREAS OF STUDY The SMFA at Tufts’ curriculum is interdisciplinary. All students explore many of the following areas of study: Ceramics Drawing Film & Animation Graphic Arts Metals Painting Performance Photography Print & Paper Sculpture Sound Video FIVE-YEAR COMBINED DEGREE PROGRAMS Tufts/New England Conservatory: BA or BS and Bachelor of Music Tufts/SMFA (School of the Museum of Fine Arts): BA or BS and Bachelor of Fine Arts MINORS Africana Studies Arabic Architectural Engineering Architectural Studies Art History Asian American Studies Astrophysics Biotechnology Engineering Chemical Engineering Child Study and Human Development Chinese Colonialism Studies Computer Science Dance Drama Economics
COPY AND PASTE LIST FROM Education PREVIOUS ISSUE Engineering Education Engineering Management English Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies Film and Media Studies Finance Food Systems and Nutrition French Geology Geoscience Geosystems/Earth and Ocean Sciences German Greek Greek Archaeology Greek Civilization Hebrew History Italian Japanese Judaic Studies Latin Latin American Studies Latino Studies Leadership Studies Mathematics Medieval Studies Music Music Engineering Philosophy Physics Political Science Religion Roman Archaeology Roman Civilization Russian Science, Technology, and Society Sociology Spanish Studio Art Urban Studies Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
CLASS HIGHLIGHTS MUSIC ENGINEERING The following classes, all of which count toward the Music Engineering minor, are offered from the mechanical and electrical engineering departments, the music department and even the School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Computer Tools for Musicians Music Recording and Production Electronic Musical Instrument Design and Manufacture Electronic Music Ensemble Music, Technology, and Digital Culture Principles of Tonal Theory Acoustics Advanced Dynamics and Vibrations Intermediate Electronics with Lab The Science and Engineering of Music Digital Signal Processing History of Sonic Art
ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES Offered jointly by the civil and environmental engineering department and the department of Art and Art history, engineers can gain a solid foundation in the technical aspects of structural systems, as well as the aesthetic characteristics of buildings. Introduction to Architecture Japanese Architecture Computer Assisted Design Bridge Design Engineering Economy Urban Policy and Planning Aesthetic Psychology Boston: Architecture and Urbanism Developing Sustainable Communities Steel Design Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
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APPLICATION DEADLINES AND NOTIFICATION DATES Early Decision I Application Deadline: November 1 Notiﬁcation Deadline: November 15
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Early Decision II Application Deadline: January 1 Notiﬁcation Deadline: Early February Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1 Notiﬁcation Deadline: April 1 Transfer Admission Application Deadline: March 15 Notiﬁcation Deadline: Mid-May
TUFTS CLASS OF 2020 STATISTICS
Testing: a. For applicants to the School or Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering or the Combined Degree Programs with the SMFA at Tufts or the NEC: SAT with two subject tests or ACT. b. For applicants to the SMFA at Tufts’ BFA program: SAT or ACT. Subject tests are not required.
20,223 Applications, 2,896 Acceptances, 14% Acceptance rate 100% of demonstrated Financial Aid met 10% First Generation Students 11% International Students
Letters of Recommendation We require one from a guidance counselor and one from a teacher. You may send us one additional one if you’d like.
Art Portfolio: Required only for students applying to the Combined Degree BFA/BA or BFA/BS and BFA applicants to the SMFA at Tufts.
Mean ACT 31 Middle 50% SAT Critical Reasoning (old SAT) 680–750 Middle 50% SAT Math (old SAT) 690–770
TUFTS UNDERGRADUATE STATISTICS 5,196 Undergraduate Enrollment 4.8 Miles from Boston
Financial Aid Documents If you are applying for aid, you will need to submit 1. FAFSA 2. CSS proﬁle 3. Federal Income Tax Returns
20 Average Class Size 28 Varsity Sports Teams 300+ Student Groups 30% Women in the School of Engineering
Optional Materials • Alumni Interview • Arts or Maker Portfolio: Students applying to the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering may submit an optional arts or maker portfolio to highlight talent in studio art, drama, dance, music, or engineering.
45% of Juniors Study Abroad 37% Need Based Aid Recipients 11% International Students 27% US Students of Color
JUMBO’S MAKER STUDIO Do you like to make things? If the answer is a resounding yes, then you will ﬁnd your home at the Tufts MAKE club. This interdisciplinary club (for students from all undergraduate schools) is dedicated to learning by making. The group for students hosts ongoing projects as well as workshops on making—oriented topics like LaTek, Mathematic, and Soldering. No matter what these students are doing, the goal of the group holds true—bring students together to build something fun and interesting, and maybe learn something new along the way.
PHOTOS BY STUDENTS AND ADMINISTRATION
OREO DE-CREAMER By using a laser cutter to make an acrylic structure, this gadget removes the cream in the middle of an Oreo!
COOKIE DECORATING ROBOT Comprised of LEGO robotics, wood and metal scaffolding, this robot will decorate a cookie for you (and can even stencil on Jumbo)!
MINI BB8 DROID This near-perfect replica consists of a handmade ﬁberglass shell, a magnetically attached head and 3D printed antennae.
TUFTSDASH APP This app will be all Jumbo’s destination for everything Tufts, from dining hall options to the shuttle schedule.
KIBO Developed by Professor Marina Bers, this robot gives kids a chance to make their ideas physical and tangible.
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