A Message from the ECE Chair
Welcome to the Tufts University School of Engineering’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. We are a community of about 120 undergraduate students, 60 graduate students and 20 faculty and staff actively engaged in both education and research covering the full spectrum of disciplines related to the electrical sciences and computer engineering: from nanoelectronics to microplasma sensors, wireless communications systems and smart grids to solar cells; environmental imaging to robotics; it’s happening here.
Tufts offers ABET-accredited bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering as well as Computer Engineering, along with a non-accredited Engineering degree. With fewer than 40 students per graduating class, extensive faculty-student interaction is the norm both in and out of the classroom. ECE professors regularly engage our undergraduates in cutting-edge research or find time to talk at gatherings such as our holiday party or end-of-the-year Boston harbor cruise. Tufts ECE provides much more than just an engineering education. As a part of one of this country’s premier liberal arts institutions, ECE students have the opportunity to explore and develop their full range of interests. Our undergraduates regularly minor in fields as diverse as international relations, romance languages, dance or psychology with more than a few students pursing second degrees. In addition, students experience their Tufts education against that backdrop of the city of Boston. With its long history, extensive cultural offerings and more than 100 institutions of higher learning in the greater metro-area, Boston provides a truly unique college experience.
For those interested in graduate school, our master’s and Ph.D. programs accommodate both students looking for a full-time experience as well as those seeking to complete their studies on a part-time basis. With research as the foundation of the graduate degrees, the faculty in the ECE department are internationally recognized. As junior faculty, seven of our professors were awarded prestigious Early Career Grants from the National Science Foundation. Two of these seven NSF awardees have also received equally significant young investigator awards from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Office of Naval Research. Finally, four of our six Full Professors have achieved the rank of Fellow of our professional society, the IEEE, a “distinction reserved for select IEEE members whose extraordinary accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest are deemed fitting of this prestigious grade elevation.”
These accolades all derive from the many research achievements of the faculty in our department. With vibrant research programs exploring fields from nano- and opto-electronics and photonics to information theory, robotics, and control systems, there is certainly someone in ECE whose interests match yours. This work however is not done in a vacuum. Our faculty members collaborate across departments in our school in strategic research areas of engineering for sustainability, engineering for health, and the interactions between technology and the people they are designed for. We work across schools with our colleagues in the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences’ departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics and others. As an institution, the Tufts culture also actively embraces service to the larger public. Thus, the scientific advances made by our faculty and students have practical impact in problem areas including environmental sustainability, energy independence, disease diagnosis and treatment, pharmaceutical research and development, as well as national and homeland security.
If you have come to this page as an alum of our program or just out of curiosity to see what’s up, I hope that this brief introduction has convinced you that these are exciting times for the Tuft’s ECE department. Each new year brings with it new classes of undergraduates and graduate students whose abilities and interests never cease to amaze me. Coupled with a group of faculty dedicated to education in the broadest sense of the term, I can think of no place I would rather be than right here. Please, browse the information on our site to learn more about our activities. When you are done, if you have any questions or want to become involved, do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to finding a way for you to contribute to our department.