The Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science Dean's Lecture Series

SES Dean's Lecture Series speaker Manuela Veloso addresses an audience

The Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science Dean’s Lecture Series brings STEM innovators and thought leaders together with students and faculty to share wisdom, inspire discovery, and nurture an entrepreneurial spirit to help build a prominent school of engineering and science. 

2024 Dean's Special Lecture


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LEGO Engineering from Kindergarten to College: A 30-year Journey of Student-Driven Learning

Chris Rogers, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University

In this talk, Dr. Rogers will explore how we can use research from the learning sciences to change how and what we teach in engineering, from kindergarten to graduate school. He will also discuss the balance of learning what others think versus learning to think for oneself. Most importantly, he will show many pictures of what students of all ages have built when they were given a chance to engineer — building everything from robotic animals and puppets to jousting knights and robots that play musical instruments. 

About the Speaker

Chris Rogers is a professor of mechanical engineering at Tufts, where he has been for at least a million years. During that time, he has done research in many different areas—from particle-laden turbulence for the NSF to wafer polishing for Intel to musical instrument engineering for Steinway and Sons to engineering education for the NSF and LEGO (and a few other places). His most impressive accomplishments to date have been flying more than 700 parabolas on NASA’s vomit comet without getting sick, teaching his grandson to say “robot” before “mama”, and convincing his granddaughters to cause havoc whenever possible. 


Past Speakers

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2023 Deans Lecture Series:

Artificial Intelligence in Finance: Examples and Discussion

in partnership with Stevens Institute for Artificial Intelligence

Manuela Veloso, Ph.D.
Head of AI Research, JPMorgan Chase & Co.


Paul DeLia of L3Harris speaks at the SES Dean's Lecture Series.2023 Special Lecture:

Technologies within Electronic Warfare at L3Harris

Jennifer Lewis
President of Electronic Warfare

Eva Bica-Winterling
General Manager, Mission Solutions, Electronic Warfare

Drew Trainor
Chief Engineer, Electronic Warfare

Paul DeLia
Director of Strategy Business Development, Electronic Warfare


Bill McGann and Jean Zu at the School of Engineering and Science Dean's Lecture Series2022 Dean's Lecture Series:

Transforming State-of-the-Art Science into Technologies for Global Applications

William McGann, Ph.D.
Chief Technology Officer, Quantum Computing Inc.


Stevens graduate Pam Cheng, Executive Vice President for AstraZeneca2020 Dean's Lecture Series:

Fighting COVID-19 with Innovation—A Race Against Time

Pam Cheng '92 M.Eng. '95
Executive Vice President for Global Operations and Information Technology, AstraZeneca


Photos of doctors performing surgery2021 Dean's Lecture Series:

BioEngineering of Human Tissues

Joe Yaccarino '88
President and CEO, MTF Biologics


Dean Jean Zu and Dr. Xuedong Huang2019 Dean's Lecture Series:

Breaking Human Interaction Barriers – AI, HoloLens and Beyond

Dr. Xuedong Huang
Chief Speech Scientist, Technical Fellow in Cloud and AI Lead of Speech and Language Group, Microsoft


Robert Fischell demonstrates eNeura2018 Dean's Lecture Series:

Engineering to Benefit Humanity

Dr. Robert E. Fischell
Physicist and Inventor