The Next Generation
TAMPL is educating future generations of researchers and industry professionals, aiding teachers at the pre-kindergarten through high school levels, and playing a role in Tufts' overall effort to encourage young women and under-represented minorities to consider careers in engineering.
Tufts' small class sizes and TAMPL's interdisciplinary faculty encourages good mentoring of graduate students through individual attention as well as team-based work. Graduate students work in teams to solve larger problems while having an individualized thesis or dissertation topic which delves deeply into an unsolved fundamental phenomena. Communication skills are emphasized as part of the graduate students' learning experience through professional and informal presentations using multimedia, technical writing for proceedings and journal publications, mentoring undergraduates, and participating in innovative educational projects for K-12 as well as college level.
Research opportunities for Tufts undergraduates are unusually extensive. Undergraduates work closely with faculty members, learning teamwork and presentation skills as well as advanced research skills.
Engineering students from a range of backgrounds and interests come together in TAMPL, thus adding significantly to the interdisciplinary atmosphere of the laboratory. Tufts undergraduates, who have presented major technical findings from the laboratory at national and international scientific conferences, often go on to graduate study or careers in engineering and/or education.
The educational component of TAMPL extends beyond Tufts University's Medford/Somerville campus; in fact, Tufts' College of Engineering is dedicated to improving science education on a national level. Toward that goal, TAMPL offers summer workshops that provide a basic understanding of thermal science to educators who then bring that knowledge and expertise back to their classrooms.
While most of TAMPL's research is highly advanced, Tufts faculty members and students in engineering, child development, and education collaborate on translating some of the research's basic building blocks into educational tools. These tools are now used in classrooms around the country at the pre-kindergarten through high school levels.
TAMPL has also created programs aimed at encouraging young women to pursue careers in science and engineering through programs geared specifically to them. These hands-on experience provide female students with a first-hand look at the excitement of scientific discovery and engineering creativity.
Mechanical Engineering Department @ School of Engineering @ Tufts University (Medford, MA)