Christine Ortiz is a Professor of materials science and engineering and the Dean for Graduate Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Ortiz obtained her B.S. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, USA, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA, all in the field of materials science and engineering. After graduation, she was granted an NSF-NATO postdoctoral fellowship which she used to carry out research in the Department of Polymer Chemistry, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Her research program focuses on the ultrastructure and nanomechanics of structural biological materials (musculoskeletal and exoskeletal) with the primary goal being to quantify and understand new nanoscale mechanisms, phenomena, and design principles and how they determine function, quality, and pathology. Dr. Ortiz has over 140 scientific publications in more than 20 different academic journals, and she has given more than 120 invited lectures. Dr. Ortiz has supervised a total of 60 students from eight different academic departments. She has received over 20 national and international honors, including most recently the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow Award, the MIT Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award, a recognition award for Outstanding Alumni by the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, and the National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which was presented to her by President George W. Bush at the White House. She was a Lady Davis Fellow and a Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, where she received the Hadassah Appreciation Medal. She is also a Fellow of the Defense Science Study Group.
Biography Updated on 31 January 2012