How Tufts University graduates pave their own path to become forces for good
Promoted by Tufts University School of Engineering

How Tufts University graduates pave their own path to become forces for good

Tufts University School of Engineering should be every aspiring engineer’s first choice graduate school. From a variety of engineering programmes, opportunities to participate in high-impact research with state-of-the-art facilities and a personalised curriculum, those looking to advance their careers will find everything they need to achieve their professional goals. 

Engineers with a Tufts education are trained to be an engine for good and lead at the forefront of innovation to create solutions that matter in today’s world. Notable contributions by alumni include improving offshore wind turbines, producing the sustainable foods of the future, developing pulse oximeters that work well on patients with dark skin and targeting gene therapy directly into the lungs

Tufts School of Engineering offers graduate programmes that challenge the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines, research, and the role of engineers in our increasingly interconnected global community. Students can choose a flexible graduate degree under six departments, namely Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and at Tufts Gordon Institute

MS programmes offered at Tufts include Bioengineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cybersecurity and Public Policy, Data Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Human Factors Engineering, Human-Robot Interaction, Innovation and Management, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Offshore Wind Energy Engineering, and Software Systems Development.

An education at Tufts School of Engineering will bring you on a transformative journey. Take graduate student Akshita Rao, for instance. With a passion for building things that advance human health, she majored in mechanical and biomedical engineering at Tufts University and eventually decided to stay on to pursue a MS in Bioengineering

As a member of the Timko Lab, she studied biomaterials and bioelectronics. Her research focused on developing “heart on a chip” technology, which allows scientists to observe cell behaviour under varying nutrient and oxygen levels — similar to the conditions present during cardiac arrest.

“What excites me about this field is that there are so many different avenues to perform research — both in academia and industry. There are so many companies and labs that are currently making smart materials and devices to screen the human body for disease and advance human health,” she says. 

Rao isn’t the only graduate who has found success and impact in their passion. Caleb Weinstein-Zenner is making waves with his Offshore Wind Energy Engineering master’s degree. “When I heard about the Tufts offshore wind research programme, I immediately fell in love with it. Just seeing all the ways one could contribute, and all the architecture of it — it is really architecture in a way — was absolutely mind blowing. I saw it as an opportunity to make positive change,” he says.

He hopes to develop a common language to bridge the communication gap between economists and power system engineers on the topic of offshore wind power. “With regards to offshore wind power, it’s a roadblock right now because different groups are talking about offshore wind integration from a ton of different perspectives,” he says “Economists are thinking about the power grid purely based on cost, and power system engineers are looking at issues such as power loss. I want to be able to help bridge that communication gap.”

The first of its kind in the US, the Offshore Wind Energy Engineering programme has placed close to 100% of its alumni in jobs related to offshore wind power and assembled a thriving research community of more than 20 faculty members, PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers. This can be credited to the world-class training in wind policy, technical applications and project management skills that students will receive to prepare them for jobs in the global industry, academia, and the public sector.

Tufts University

The first of its kind in the US, the Offshore Wind Energy Engineering programme has placed close to 100% of its alumni in jobs related to offshore wind energy engineering. Source: Tufts University

Top-notch facilities, high teaching standards, and close mentorships are at the core of the university. Combined with entrepreneurial training from the School of Engineering’s Tufts Gordon Institute, students gain practical leadership tools essential to developing groundbreaking, innovative ideas. 

Working alongside passionate faculty, students are inspired to do more. McDonnell Family Assistant Professor of Engineering Education Greses Pérez is a prime example of an instructor who is deeply invested in her work. Drawing upon her experiences as a woman of colour in STEM, she encourages the discussion of how factors such as language, culture and race shape what it means to be an engineer. 

“If we look at language, culture, race, and ethnicity in respect to who becomes an engineer and we reimagine what ways of knowing and speaking are valued in engineering, we can begin to rethink how we teach and learn the subject — and open ourselves up to new concepts, designs, and ideas about who can be an engineer,” says Pérez.

Those looking to fast-track their studies while saving on tuition can also opt for the university’s dual degree master’s programme. Offered by the Tufts Gordon Institute, the programme lets students earn two degrees in two years – an MS Innovation & Management (MSIM) and an MS offered by one of the six academic departments within the School of Engineering. The programme is meant to build technical depth while developing innovation, leadership and management skills. 

When you choose Tufts School of Engineering, you’re choosing a world-class institution that will prepare you to be a key contributor to society through skills in leadership, management, and technical know-how. 

To discover the role you can play in bettering society through sustainable and relevant engineering solutions, join Tufts School of Engineering today. Apply online now. 

Follow Tufts School of Engineering on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Facebook.