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Engineering A Dynamic Future

Engineering A Dynamic FutureLinda Abriola, dean of Tufts' School of Engineering, is laying out the groundwork for a major evolution at the school by recruiting new faculty and planning new facilities.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [05.13.05] Linda Abriola has big plans for Tufts' School of Engineering. Since coming on board as dean of the school in 2003, Abriola has been crafting a strategy to develop a combination of outstanding faculty, programs and facilities that will establish the school as a leader in engineering education.

"It's an exciting time," Abriola – who came to Tufts from the University of Michigan – said in a Boston Herald profile of her efforts to transform the School of Engineering. "We have the opportunity to build something."

Among her goals: luring new faculty, strengthening the school's international programs and increasing ties to the industry.

Abriola has also begun to realign of the School's academic focuses.

"[Abriola says] she's hoping to raise the bar for the school, with a special focus on bioengineering, environmental sustainability and engineering education and innovation," reported the Herald. "It will work in close collaboration with Tufts' professional schools on the bioengineering front."

Currently, the newspaper reported, the School has 700 undergraduates and 400 graduate students.

As the school evolves and expands, Abriola is looking forward to a planned laboratory facility on the Medford/Somerville campus, focusing on the life sciences. According to the Herald, the project plan calls for a facility up to 200,000 square feet in size and costing more than $100 million.

The new facility should add to Tufts' appeal for new faculty members. Abriola told the newspaper that she hopes to add about 15 faculty over the next few years, a 25 percent increase.

"It's an opportunity [for new faculty members] to come and help build," Abriola said.

Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow, who recruited Abriola to the University, supports her efforts to raise the school's profile.

"One of the things we look for in a dean is a vision that excites people," Bacow told the Herald.

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