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Veteran electrical engineer provides behind-the-scenes support to Halligan Hall, students

Published: Monday, February 25, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 25, 2013 08:02

“When I went here, it was big, drab, old and green,” he said. “And you had old labs with old swinging doors. It was more like an old factory.” 

However, to Gagosian, the rising cost of opening those doors in tuition  hasn’t gone unnoticed. 

“My father would turn over in his grave,” he said. “I had a scholarship when I was here, but at that time [tuition] was $8,500 for the year.”

Despite rising costs and changing facilities, this Tufts veteran’s impression of the Jumbos he works with hasn’t waned over the years.

“Each class after the next, they keep getting more and more brilliant,” he said. “You guys are more computer-savvy, [a] much more intelligent class.”

In addition to working on prototypes of student projects over the summer and during the year, Gagosian maintains a project of his own: model trains. He is working on a lifelike model village and train system, which runs electrically and resides in Halligan Hall. 

“The idea is to have a train come by the track and a car come across also, and when they cross, to have the signals come down, and the red lights blink,” he said. “It’s better than MIT.”

Gagosian sees it as his duty to help students by providing equipment and lab assistance. 

“I’m probably just an old grumpy guy to them,” he said. “I’m just a dumb-a-- and I want to help. If I can help them, I’ll help them.” 

When it comes to both electrical engineering and life, Gagosian has some words of advice.

“Its just practice, practice. You don’t know anything until you just get frustrated and scream out the window and go back and do it again,” he said. 

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