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Gary Leisk

Associate Teaching Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Gary Leisk - Senior Lecturer

Gary Leisk

Associate Teaching Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Phone 617-627-2547
Robinson Hall, Room 170
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
machine design, nondestructive testing
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 1998
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 1992
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Tufts University, 1989
Professional Experience: 

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2019-present: Associate Teaching Professor
  • 2007-2019: Senior Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor
  • 2002-2007: Lecturer

NRC Postdoctoral Research Associate, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


Postdoctoral Associate and Research Affiliate, MIT


Quality Control Engineer, Parametric Technology Corporation


Mechanical Design Engineer, General Electric

Research Interests: 

Gary 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, 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.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2007: Henry and Madeline Fischer Award, Tufts School of Engineering
2003, 2005: Award of Excellence, ASME Tufts Student Chapter
1997: National Research Council Fellowship
1992: NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship
Professional Memberships: 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
American Society for Nondestructive Testing