School of Engineering welcomes research faculty

Five research faculty members joined Tufts School of Engineering this fall.
Headshots of five new research faculty members
Clockwise from left: Chelsea Andrews, Corey Fucetola, Sauro Liberatore, Gabrielle String, Ying Luo

Five research faculty joined Tufts School of Engineering this fall, bringing a wide range of expertise in fields including offshore wind, engineering education, and water, sanitation, and hygiene programs.

Chelsea Andrews, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

Chelsea Andrews earned her PhD in engineering education from Tufts University. Her primary research involves investigating children's engagement in engineering design through in-depth case study analysis. Prior to switching to education research, she studied environmental fluid mechanics and coastal engineering, specifically looking at wave-current boundary layer interactions.

Corey Fucetola, Research Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Corey Fucetola received his PhD in electrical engineering from MIT. Companies he co-founded studied the commercial viability of phase-change adhesives, consulted on cutting-edge membrane assembly projects, and built thermal testing equipment for advanced fabrics. He and his coworkers patented and published innovations in micro/nano fabrication.

Sauro Liberatore, Research Assistant Professor and Kingsbury Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sauro Liberatore is director of technology at Mide Technology, Inc., and a part-time Kingsbury Fellow and research assistant professor at Tufts focusing in offshore wind energy engineering. He has worked in a variety of fields, including the automotive and power production industries, a robotic research institution, and the sensor industry. He received his PhD from UCLA.

Ying Luo, Research Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Ying Luo was formerly an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Peking University in Beijing, China. She conducts research at the interface of material science, biology, and medicine. Her research seeks to design and develop biomaterials and devices that are interactive and compatible within the human body, to repair and regenerate tissue damaged by disease and injury.

Gabrielle String, Research Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Gabrielle String's research is primarily focused on closing evidence gaps for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs in humanitarian and development contexts. She conducts both efficacy research in a laboratory setting and effectiveness evaluations with partners in the field. She completed her PhD in mechanical engineering at Tufts University.