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
July 29, 2021
Engineering students, faculty recognized as Champions of Change
RIT members of the team that designed the Robo Drum—an assistive device for students at Orleans/Niagara Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES)—were honored with the New York State School Boards Association Champions of Change Award.
November 30, 2020
Hands-on engineering senior design program flourishes this fall
RIT’s Multidisciplinary Senior Design program began last fall with more projects for engineering student teams than expected, despite the pandemic. From collaborations with other universities and NASA to an anthropologist needing a robotic model of a dinosaur tail, all the projects represent innovative technologies built with sustainable, user-friendly designs.