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Gary G. Leisk
Senior Lecturer & Research Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering


Ph.D., M.S., B.S. (Mechanical Engineering), Tufts University, 1998, 1992, 1989

Research Interests

Dr. Leisk pursues research in the areas of: (1) materials processing and characterization; (2) design of automated systems; and (3) robot development using novel soft materials/mechanisms.  Working as part of highly interdisciplinary teams, Dr. Leisk has focused on applying design skills to the creation of new materials (e.g., composites), structures, and actuation strategies in furthering efforts in tissue engineering and soft-bodied robotics.

Professional Positions

  • 2007-present Senior Lecturer & Research Assistant Professor, Tufts University, Medford, MA
  • 2002-2007 Full-Time Lecturer, Tufts University, Medford, MA
  • 2000-2002 NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD
  • 1997-2000 Postdoctoral Associate/Research Affiliate, MIT, Cambridge, MA
  • 1990-1992, 1993-1996 Teaching/Research Assistant, Tufts University, Medford, MA
  • 1992 Quality Control Engineer, Parametric Technology Corporation, Waltham, MA
  • 1989-1990 Mechanical Design Engineer, General Electric, Pittsfield, MA

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2007 Awarded Henry and Madeline Fischer Award for Teaching
  • 2003, 2005 Recognized with ASME Student Chapter Awards of Excellence
  • 1997 National Research Council Fellowship (NIST Postdoctoral appointment)
  • 1992 NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship (Tufts Ph.D. research)

Selected Professional Activities

  • Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Member, Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Member, American Society for Nondestructive Testing