12/15/03 · Monica Rixman , PPST doctoral student, defends her doctoral thesis!
Monica is the 2nd PhD student from the Ortiz group to graduate this year and has accepted a job offer with Mitek Worldwide, which is a division of ETHICON, Inc. a Johnson & Johnson company in Norwoord, MA. Monica will be working on product development in the polymer end of orthopaedics, in particular reattachment of soft tissue to bone. Read about Mitek here.
12/10/03 : Ben Bruet, DMSE M.S.
student, will stay in the group for a PhD
· Ben Bruet, DMSE M.S. student, will
stay in the group for a PhD continuing his work on nanomechanical
properties of natural biocomposites in conjunction with the MIT
Institute of Soldier Nanotechnologies. Ben was recently awarded the
2003 $2,000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Robert Guenassia
12/01/03 : Kristin Brodie,
DMSE MENG student, wins MIT $1K Competition
Kristin Brodie, DMSE MENG student, wins the life
sciences section of the MIT $1K Competition for her proposal on new
endotracheal tube designs. Links here.
Celia Macias, DMSE senior undergraduate, wins 1st place in Poster
· Celia Macias, DMSE senior
undergraduate student, wins 1st place in Technical Poster
Competition and a $1000 prize at the Society of Hispanic
Professional Engineers Eastern Technical Career Conference 2003
(Washington DC) and will go on to the National Technical Career
Conference January 2004 (Chicago IL) as a finalist in the Technical
Paper Competition. Links here and here.
10/06/03 : Jen
McKeehan's 1st paper submitted to Biomaterials!
Jen McKeehan's 1st paper submitted to
Biomaterials! "Molecular Origins of Bioactivity of
Synthetic Hydroxyapatite: Variation in Surface Charge Detected by
Chemically and Spatially Specific High Resolution Force
Spectroscopy " Read the full text here!
Laurel Ng's 1st paper chosen for the cover of J. Struct.
· Laurel Ng's 1st paper chosen
for the cover of J. Struct. Bio.! "Direct Visualization
of Individual Aggrecan Monomers and their Constituent
Glycosaminoglycans." Read the full text here!
08/25/03 : Group Hiking Trip
to the White Mountains
· Group Hiking Trip to climb Mount
Jefferson, White Mountains, New Hampshire, see Photos : here!
07/22/03 : Poly(HEMA-g-EG)
Copolymer Paper Accepted to Macromolecules
Zhang's paper to submitted to Macromolecules!
"Synthesis and Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy of Graft
Copolymers of Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate-g-ethylene
glycol)." Read full text here. The paper was accepted
07/14/03 : 3
OPML graduate students will present research at the 2004 50th Annual
Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
graduate students submit abstracts to the 50th Annual
Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) in San
Francisco, CA March 7th-10th, 2004. Read them here :
Kuangshin Tai, "Ultrastructure and nanomechanical properties of
bovine cortical bone"
Ng, "Aggrecan conformation,
persistence length, and stiffness depend on the nanomolecular
properties of its constituent GAG chains"
Delphine Dean, "Measurement of Nanomechanical and electrical
interaction force within intact aggrecan molecules using high
resolution force spectroscopy"
05/29/03 : 2 OPML Graduate
Students Pass Doctoral Qualifying Exam, Miao Ye and Lin Han
· Congratulations to OPML graduate students Lin
Han and Miao Ye who have passed their PPST
and DMSE general doctoral qualifying exams!!
05/25/03 : OPML
UROP Student Lauren Frick wins 2 DMSE Awards!
student Lauren Frick wins two DMSE awards : 1)
Award for Outstanding Service to the DMSE Community for Active and
Innovative Participation in the DMSE Community as the President of
SUMS and 2) Outstanding Student: DMSE Class of 2003 $500
05/25/03 : Check out the new
OPML Photo Album here!
05/25/03 : OPML student Ben
Bruet Moves Into ISN Facility 500 Technology Square
· MIT and U.S. Army officially open the Institute for
· Dedication of MIT Institute for Soldier
Nanotechnogies features living testimonial to advanced
· Link to ISN website here.
Joonil Seog defends Ph.D. Thesis
Seog defends Ph.D. Thesis "Molecular Mechanics of Cartilage :
Glycosaminoglycan Intermolecular Interactions."
Christine Ortiz Gives Keynote Address at Annual SHPE Banquet
· Christine Ortiz gives keynote adress
at annual end-of-year Society of Hispanic Professional Engineering
(SHPE) Awards Banquet.
04/22/03 : Ben
Bruet Award Robert Guenassia Award
· Congratulations to
Ben Bruet who has been awarded the 2003 $2,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Robert Guenassia Award !!
04/22/03 : Monica Rixman
Finishes Boston Marathon
· Monica Rixman finishes the
Boston Marathon! Here are the statistics :
Number of registered
runners to start the race: 17,567.
Number of registered runners
to finish the race by 6pm: 17,046.
Monica's bib number:
The time she crossed the start line: 12:13:28.
she crossed the finish line: 4:36:18.
Her run time:
Her placing: 13,468th.
Her beginning average run pace
(at 10Km): 9:40 min/mile.
Her ending average run pace: 9:58
The winners of the race can be found at: http://www.bostonmarathon.org/.
04/17/03 : Joonil Seog
Submits 2nd Paper on Electric Field Functionalization of Nanoscale
Probe Tips to JACS
· Joonil Seog submits
2nd paper to JACS : "Preparation of End-Grafted Polyelectrolytes On
Nanoscale Probe Tips Using An Electric Field." Delphine Dean is 2nd
author. Read the full text here.
Christine Ortiz Gives Invited Talk at UNESCO/IUPAC Conference in
· Christine Ortiz gives
talk in Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa at the 6th
Annual UNESCO School & IUPAC Conference on Macromolecules &
04/10/03 : Joonil Seog
Accepts Post-Doctoral Position at Harvard Medical School
· Joonil Seog has accepted a
post-doctoral research position starting July, 2003!! in the
Springer Research Group, Center for Blood Research, Department of
Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Jump to Springer
04/01/03 : Delphine Dean's
1st Paper on Polyelectrolyte Theory Accepted to Langmuir
· Delphine Dean's paper accepted to
Langmuir! "A Molecular Level Theoretical Model for Electrostatic
Interactions within Polyelectrolyte Brushes: Applications to Charged
Glycosaminoglycans." Read full text here.
03/21/03 : Kristin Brodie
Wins 2003 J&J-BMES Biomedical Engineering Prize
Kristin Brodie, a senior DMSE undergraduate
student, recently won the 2003 BMES Johnson and Johnson Excellence in
Biomedical Engineering Prize for her research done
in our lab on tracheal tubes! Kristin won $1500.00 and an all
expense paid trip to present her work at the BMES national
conference where she will compete at the national level. She will be
honored at the spring BMES membership meeting on Tuesday April 1,
2003 at 7:30pm in 4-237 where she will give a short 5-10 minute
presentation about her research.
03/21/03 : Kristin Brodie and
Lauren Frick, Ortiz Group UROPS Accepted to Graduate School
· Lauren Frick (DMSE senior
undergraduate) was accepted to the MIT Biological Engineering (BE)
graduate program! Lauren is currently working on "Multiscale Design and Evaluation of Nanostructured
Synthetic and Biological Composites As a Guide for New
Energy-Absorbing Body Armor Materials Technologies,"
in conjunction with the
MIT Institute for Soldier
· Kristin Brodie
(DMSE senior undergraduate) was accepted to the MIT Masters of
Engineering (MENG) program, the University of Cambridge (UK)
graduate program, and University of California, San Diego graduate
program! Kristin has decided to stay at MIT for her MENG and
continue her work on tracheal tubes in our group for the next year.
03/10/03 : 9 Ortiz Group
Members Give Presentations at the 2003 APS meeting (Austin,
Click below for photos of the presentations :
01/27/03 : Christine Ortiz
Becomes a US Army Soldier for 3 Days
Ortiz becomes an soldier for 3 days at the US
Army Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk,
Louisiana in conjunction with the MIT
Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN).
description of the ISN research project is given here
· Click here for the photo album.
here to read the MIT Tech Talk
Article,"ISN Takes Basic Training," on the trip.
01/27/03 : 2 Ortiz Group
Graduate Students Pass DMSE Doctoral Qualifying Exam
Congratulations to Jen Mckeehan and
Kuangshin Tai (DMSE graduate students) who passed the
Department of Materials Science and Engineering doctoral oral exam!
01/16/03 : Paper on
Biocompatibility Accepted to Langmuir
Rixman's (DMSE graduate student) 1st paper : "Nanoscale
Intermolecular Interactions Between Human Serum Albumin and
Alkanethiol Self-Assembling Monolayers," accepted to
Langmuir. Read the full text here.