Kevin joins the Tufts faculty with 35 years of experience leading product development, corporate strategy, and merger and acquisition teams. As a board member, company officer, executive, and an engineer, Kevin lead initiatives where new products and technologies drove industry transformations in both startups and large corporations.
Kevin was the Vice-President of Systems and Technology at Sycamore Networks, Inc. where he led a global team of technologists, product managers and engineers that created and delivered global and nationwide optical networks for customers such as NTT, Vodafone, Sprint, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Previous to Sycamore Networks, he was Vice-President, Strategy and Business Development at Lucent Technologies as the company launched itself and established leadership in the service provider data networking market. He started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he held various engineering and management positions in digital communications systems, including being a member of the founding team that built the flagship enterprise communication system that went on to achieve over $1B/year in revenues.
Kevin currently mentors at the non-profit EforAll business accelerator and provides advisory and consulting services to startups and corporations. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts, and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Mary Viola, PhD
Mary Adams Viola is the Director of Engineering Management programs at the Gordon Institute in the School of Engineering at Tufts University. Dr. Viola also serves on the faculty as a Professor of the Practice in Leadership and Innovation. In her role, Dr. Viola is responsible for overseeing the development of the engineering management curriculum for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The M.S. in Engineering Management curriculum was recognized nationally with 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.
Dr. Viola 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 the Gordon Institute, Dr. Viola 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. Dr. 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 several of its business processes.
Dr. Viola studied chemical engineering and received her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from Tufts University.