Christine Ortiz
Christine Ortiz
Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Christine Ortiz is a higher education leader, professor, engineer, scientist, former dean, board director and trustee, and social entrepreneur. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education and a passion for advancing emerging, cross-disciplinary, integrative science and technologies toward sustainable and equitable societal outcomes. As the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of biological and bioinspired materials.

Dr. Ortiz has given invited lectures in over 40 countries, authored or coauthored more than 200 scholarly publications, supervised the research projects of more than 100 students from 10 different academic disciplines, and received more than 30 national and international honors. She is the founder and chair of the board of directors of an innovative startup nonprofit higher education institution that has developed a new model of frontier learning and research: socially directed science and technology. She has led large cross-disciplinary teams and research grants and served on over 50 scientific advisory boards and expert panels. 

Dr. Ortiz received her BS in materials science and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and MS and PhD in MSE with a minor in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University.

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