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Mary Viola, PhD

Professor of Practice, Engineering Leadership, Innovation

Mary Viola, PhD

Professor of Practice, Engineering Leadership, Innovation
Mary Viola
Biography

Mary Viola, PhD, has recently retired following 20 years of teaching at Tufts Gordon Institute and service as the Director of Engineering Management.
 
During her accomplished tenure, Mary oversaw the development and deployment of the Engineering Management program at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Over 1,000 alumni have graduated with MS in Engineering Management degrees, benefiting from a curriculum awarded the National Academy of Engineering’s Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for “providing a holistic, meaningful, relevant learning experience for technology professionals who have the desire to be engineering leaders.” 

Her guidance, support, and direction were also instrumental in developing the Engineering Management minor for undergraduate students.

Throughout the years, Mary has taught classes in transformative leadership at Tufts and Fortune 500 companies in the high-tech sector in Boston, South Korea and India. Stepping back from her teaching duties, she will stay on as a part-time, adjunct faculty member to advise current MSEM students working on their Capstone Leadership Projects (CLP).

Prior to the Gordon Institute, Mary spent twenty years at Polaroid Corp. There, as Director of R&D, she was responsible for managing new technology platforms, requiring collaboration between technology and manufacturing firms in Asia and the U.S. Mary also served as plant manager for worldwide chemical operations and during that time led efforts across R&D and operations to reduce the cycle time of several of its business processes.

Mary studied chemical engineering and received her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from Tufts University.