Tufts University School of Engineering
The School of Engineering is one of the ten schools that comprise Tufts University. The school offers undergraduate and professional degrees in several fields of engineering and computer science. Along with the School of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the School of Engineering is located on the university's main campus in Medford and Somerville, Massachusetts. Currently, the Engineering School enrolls approximately 800 full-time undergraduates and 550 graduate students. The school employs 100 full-time and part-time faculty members.
Engineering instruction began at Tufts College in academic year 1865 - 1866, with the introduction of a three-year degree program in civil engineering. Students in this program received the degree of civil engineer. In 1890, the Department of Electrical Engineering was created, and in 1892 - 1893 the course of study was extended to four years. With the advent of the four-year program the degrees granted were bachelor of civil or electrical engineering. Tufts College added the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1894 and 1898, respectively. In 1898, the trustees voted to formally establish an undergraduate College of Engineering. As part of an administrative reorganization in 1904, the College of Engineering became part of the new Faculty of Arts and Sciences, along with the School (later the College) of Liberal Arts, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and after 1910, Jackson College for Women.
The College of Engineering added graduate study to its curriculum beginning in 1961, with master's degrees available in all four departments. It added PhD programs in mechanical engineering in 1963, electrical engineering in 1964, engineering design in 1981, and civil engineering in 1985. In 1999, the College of Engineering became the School of Engineering, when oversight of graduate engineering programs was transferred from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. As part of the same reorganization the Faculty of Arts and Science became the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (AS&E).
For the Class of 2021, 4,047 students applied and 453 were accepted for an acceptance rate of 11.2%. Of those accepted 44% chose to enroll. The Class of 2021's SAT interquartile range was 1450-1540. The ACT interquartile range was 32-34. Additionally the percent of those enrolled receiving financial aid was 48%. The PhD student-faculty ratio at the graduate level is 2.6:1 according to the 2016 data compiled by U.S. News & World Report.
Organization and degree programs
The School of Engineering is under the supervision of a dean, appointed by the president and the provost, with the approval of the Trustees of Tufts College (the university's governing board). The dean oversees undergraduate and graduate education and research in six academic departments and the Gordon Institute.
The School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences form the Faculty of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering (AS&E), a deliberative body under the chairmanship of the president of the university. Historically, the Arts and Sciences and Engineering were part of the same administrative division, sharing a common leadership and budget. The two schools continue to share many administrative functions including undergraduate admissions, student affairs, library, and information technology services.
The School of Engineering currently offers bachelor of science degrees in chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, biological engineering, and biomedical engineering. There are also bachelor of science programs in engineering psychology, engineering science, and engineering physics. Graduate degree programs include Master of Science, Master of Engineering, and Doctor of Philosophy, as well as the master of science in engineering management through the Gordon Institute. The School of Engineering maintains dual degree programs with the School of Arts and Sciences and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and joint degree programs with the School of Medicine, the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Notable administrators and faculty
- Linda Abriola, civil engineer specializing in the study of organic chemical liquid contaminants in porous media
- James Fujimoto, professor of Electrical Engineer, Elihu Thompson Professor of Electrical Engieering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Christos Georgakis, fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- Mark Kachanov, Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier
- Frederick Nelson, professor of mechanical engineering
- Diane Souvaine, chair of the National Science Board
- John H. Sununu (former Dean of Engineering), governor of New Hampshire, chief of staff of the White House for G.H.W. Bush
- Robert Adams (B.S. 1976), electrical engineer, fellow at Analog Devices, Inc. and leader in development of sigma-delta converters
- Stephen Moulton Babcock, agricultural chemist who pioneered the development of nutrition as a science
- Scott C. Beardsley (B.S. 1985), Dean of the University of Virginia Darden School of Business
- Louis Berger (B.S. 1936), civil engineer and founder of Louis Berger Group
- Asa White Kenney Billings (B.S. 1929), American hydroelectric engineer and pioneer of the electrification of Brazil
- John T. Blake (B.S. 1921), scientist at Simplex Wire and Cable company
- Vannevar Bush (B.S., M.S. 1913), engineer and scientist noted for his work on the atom bomb and early computing, co-founder of Raytheon
- Peter Cheever (B.S. 1975), President of LeMessurier Consultants
- Frederick Church, American engineer known for early roller coaster design
- Richard Coar (B.S. 1942), aeronautical engineer, recipient of the Daniel Guggenheim Medal.
- Leo Otis Colbert (B.S. 1907), Director of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, predecessor of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps
- Horace Dediu (M.S. 1992), Romanian-American industry analyst known for his work at Apple Inc.
- John J. Donovan (B.S. 1963), entrepreneur and founder of Cambridge Technology Partners
- Macy DuBois (B.S. 1951), Canadian architect of several landmark Toronto buildings
- Ben duPont (B.S. 1986), American businessman, son of Pete du Pont
- Frederick M. Ellis (B.S. 1929), American sportsman and namesake of Tufts' Ellis Oval
- Rolf Faste (M.S. 1971), American designer, director of Stanford Joint Program in Design
- Richard H. Frenkiel (B.S. 1963), American engineer known for the development of cellular networks
- Hollis Godfrey (B.S. 1895), former President of Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry
- Seth Godin (B.S. 1982), American author and former dot-com business executive.
- Bernard Marshall Gordon, inventor who holds over thirty patents; former President and CEO of Analogic Corporation, Neurologica Corporation, and Gordon Engineering Company
- Eduardo Hochschild (B.S. 1987), billionaire chairman of Hochschild Mining
- Ryan Hewitt (B.S. 1996), Grammy Award winning record producer
- Joi Ito, CEO of Creative Commons and Executive Director of MIT Media Lab
- Robert Kayen (B.S. 1981), professor of civil and environmental engineering at University of Berkeley, previously University of California, Los Angeles
- Ellen J. Kullman (B.S. 1978), ex-CEO of DuPont, adviser on Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, member of Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs
- Jeffrey Lam (B.S. 1973), vice-chairman of the Business and Professionals Alliance for Hong Kong
- Walter E. Lawrence (B.S. 1927), former Mayor of Medford, Massachusetts
- Laurence Marshall (B.S. 1911), co-founder of American Appliance Company, later Raytheon
- Gina McCarthy (M.S. 1981), Administrator of the EPA under President Obama
- Rick McKenney (B.S. 1991), CEO of Unum
- Ioannis N. Miaoulis (B.S. 1983, M.A 1986, Ph.D 1987), former President and Director of Boston Museum of Science, President of Roger Williams University
- Umberto Milletti (B.S. 1985), CEO and founder of InsideView
- Joseph Neubauer (B.S. 1963), former CEO and currently chairman of the board of Aramark Corporation
- Pierre Omidyar (B.S. 1988), billionaire founder of eBay
- Joseph A. Paradiso (B.S. 1977), Director of MIT Media Lab's Responsive Environments Group
- Leon Patitsas (B.S. 1997), founder of Atlas Maritime
- Frederick Stark Pearson, electrical engineer and businessman
- Thomas F. Quatieri (B.S. 1973), electrical engineer, faculty member at MIT Lincoln Laboratory
- John Reif (B.S. 1973), computer science, nanotechnology, and DNA researcher and professor
- Kristina Roegner (B.S. 1990), member of the Ohio House of Representatives
- David Rosowsky (B.S. 1985), Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of Vermont
- Mitchell Rose (B.S. 1973), American director, known for comedic work and dance film
- Keith Ross, NYU computer science professor; dean of engineering NYU Shanghai; ACM and IEEE Fellow
- Charles Russo (M.S. 1998), Senior Principal and CEO of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
- Ellery Schempp (B.S. 1962), physicist and political activist
- Phillip Hagar Smith (B.S. 1928), inventor of the Smith chart, a graphical aid to assist in solving problems with transmission lines and matching circuits
- Kevin J. Sullivan (B.S. 1987), Associate Professor at University of Virginia, known for work with ultra-large-scale (ULS) systems
- William L. Uanna (B.S. M.S.), American security expert known for his work on Manhattan Project
- Gordon Lynn Walls (B.S. 1926), American professor of optometry at the University of California, Berkeley
- Norbert Wiener (B.A. 1909), mathematician known as the founder of cybernetics
- Michelle Ann Williams (M.S. 1986), Dean of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Biomedical Engineering
- Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
- Chemical and Biological Engineering
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Gordon Institute
- Mechanical Engineering