BS, Duke University; MS, Ph.D., Purdue University
Dr. Elizabeth DeBartolo earned her BSE in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University in 1994, and completed her MS and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in 1996 and 2000. Her primary focus area is the development of rehabilitation aids and assistive devices through her work with engineering senior design teams and graduate student research. She also does work on characterizing the mechanical behavior of novel materials, and has worked on a variety of materials from diffusion-bonded high-temperature alloys to polymers used in human tissue simulations.
In addition to her research, Dr. DeBartolo is involved in curriculum development and outreach efforts. She is an active contributor to the development and delivery of design courses in the Mechanical Engineering department and the college-wide Multidisciplinary Senior Design program. She serves on the WE@RIT (Women in Engineering @ RIT) executive board and has worked with student teams to develop a series of traveling engineering activity kits (TEAK) designed to bring engineering into middle school classrooms.
- DeBartolo, Elizabeth and Bailey, Margaret, “The TEAK Project: Students as Teachers”, International Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 25, pp. 468-478, 2009.
- Sullivan, Christopher; DeBartolo, Elizabeth; and Lamkin-Kennard, Kathleen; “Terrain Characterization Using Modified RANSAC Analysis of Human Gait Data”, 2012 ASME Summer Bioengineering Conference, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, June 2012.
- Smoger, Lowell; Gomes, Mario; and DeBartolo, Elizabeth, “Minimum Constraint Design Analysis and Modification of a Biaxial Tensile Test Fixture for Hyperelastic Materials”, 2011 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Denver, CO, November 2011.
- DeBartolo, E.A., and Robinson, R.J., “A Freshman Engineering Curriculum Integrating Design and Experimentation”, International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, vol. 35, pp. 91-107, 2007.
In the News
February 10, 2020
In Focus: Biomedical engineering students help advance digital microscope technology
Biomedical engineering students Brandon Buscaglia and Marcus D’Aguiar are helping physicians see the invisible. The undergraduates developed a motorized stage and tracking prototype that works in conjunction with digital microscopes. The students’ ideas are being incorporated into a company’s tech offerings today, providing the potential to make an impact in health care applications tomorrow.
September 3, 2019
RIT joins KEEN network of universities leading advances in undergraduate engineering education
RIT is now a part of KEEN: Engineering Unleashed, a national partnership of approximately 50 universities that come together to advance engineering education. The group focuses on developing graduates who are technically prepared, understand societal changes and strategically seek opportunities to improve upon these changes.