• Ph.D., Tufts University, Medford, United States, 1981
  • M.S., Tufts University, Medford, United States
  • B.S., Tufts University, Medford, United States


Mary Viola is the director of the Engineering Management Program at Tufts Gordon Institute in the Tufts School of Engineering. She also serves on the faculty as a professor of the practice in leadership and innovation. In her role, Viola is responsible for overseeing the development of the engineering management curriculum for undergraduate and graduate students. She designs and delivers transformative courses in leadership, with an emphasis on innovation and working across cultures. She has taught these courses at Tufts University and at numerous Fortune 500 companies in the high-tech sector in Boston, South Korea, and India. Prior to joining Tufts Gordon Institute, she spent 20 years at Polaroid Corp. As director of research and development, she was responsible for managing new technology platforms, requiring collaboration between technology and manufacturing firms in Asia and the U.S. Viola 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 business processes.