I am delighted to share with you the news that Nadine Aubry, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering at Northeastern University, will become the next provost and senior vice president of Tufts University on July 1.
Nadine’s proven record of success as an educator and a leader will be invaluable as Tufts continues to build on its strengths as a world-class, student-centered research institution. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to the core values that define the Tufts experience, including our commitments to academic excellence, transformative student experiences, active citizenship, increased access and diversity, and cutting-edge research.
During the course of her 30 years as a faculty member, Nadine has distinguished herself as an internationally recognized expert in fluid dynamics and applied mathematics, and achieved the highest professorial rank at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, and Northeastern University. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Physical Society, and the National Academy of Inventors, along with many other national and international organizations.
Nadine is a creative and inspiring leader with 17 years of combined experience in department chair and dean positions. At both Carnegie Mellon and Northeastern, she demonstrated a remarkable ability to build innovative academic programs, generate new revenues, and secure private philanthropic donations, while simultaneously enhancing research and academic quality. Most recently, Nadine has served for more than six years as dean of Northeastern’s College of Engineering. Strongly committed to undergraduate education, she launched a number of new initiatives, including the College of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Council, which helped spur notable increases in the enrollment of women and students from underrepresented backgrounds. Under her leadership, Northeastern’s M.S. enrollments in engineering more than tripled, and doctoral enrollments increased by nearly 50 percent. She also launched numerous interdisciplinary programs linking engineering to disciplines across the university, including the sciences and health sciences, the humanities and social sciences, arts and design, business, and law.
At Carnegie Mellon, where she was head of the department of mechanical engineering, Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor, and University Professor, Nadine led successful initiatives to increase faculty hiring, boost applications and admissions, and invest in infrastructure. She also established dual Ph.D. programs with institutions in Asia and founded an international service-learning initiative that gives students the opportunity to apply their engineering skills around the globe.
In her position as Tufts provost, Nadine is especially eager to help leverage the combined expertise across our eight degree-granting schools to tackle the global problems of today and tomorrow, recognizing the challenges of the 21st century will be solved by committed researchers increasingly working together on interdisciplinary teams. I cannot imagine a better-qualified candidate to serve as the university’s next chief academic officer.
Before earning her Ph.D. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University in 1987, Nadine—a native of France—earned degrees in mechanical engineering from Institut National Polytechnique Grenoble and Université Grenoble Alpes.
I want to express my deep appreciation to the members of the Provost Search Committee, led by Professor Bárbara Brizuela, dean of academic affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences. The committee, including faculty, administrators, students, and Trustee Emeritus Brian Kavoogian, A84, oversaw a rigorous national search that led to Nadine’s appointment.
I am also most grateful to Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, Ph.D., DACVCP, for her tireless service as provost and senior vice president ad interim since last April. In that role, and previously, as dean of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine since 2006, she has been a generous source of wise counsel and committed leadership who has provided immeasurable benefit across the university.
Please join me in welcoming Nadine, her husband John, and their family to our Tufts community.