Lorna Gibson Professor Lorna J. Gibson is the Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Her research interests focus on the mechanical behaviour of materials with a cellular structure, such as engineering honeycombs and foams, tissue engineering scaffolds and natural materials such as wood, cork, trabecular bone and plant parenchyma.

Room: 8-135
Telephone: 617 253-7107
Fax: 617 258-6275 
Email: ljgibson@mit.edu

Curriculum Vitae



Administrative Assistant


Sandra Crawford-Jenkins Sandra Crawford-Jenkins

Room: 8-135
Telephone:(617)253-0495
Email: crawfjen@MIT.EDU



Postdoctorals


Marc Borrega Marc Borrega

Marc is a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT working in the structural and mechanical characterization of balsa wood. He received his MSc degree in forestry from Lleida (Spain) and his PhD degree in wood science from Joensuu (Finland). His research interests include microstructure and properties of wood, wood drying and modification, as well as processing and conversion of lignocellulosic materials. In his free time, Marc enjoys music, bike riding and traveling.



Graduate Students


Kevin Chen Kevin Chen

Kevin is a second-year graduate student, working on his Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering at MIT. He is working on his SM thesis on the design of composite aerogel panels for building insulation applications. Kevin did his Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering from Stony Brook University in 2011. His academic interests include user-centric product/mechanical design and development, as well as manufacturing and pretty much anything else that involves hands-on work and tinkering. Kevin spends a lot of his free time exploring Boston, playing the guitar, and strength training.

Patrick Dixon

Patrick Dixon

Patrick Dixon is a first year Materials Science & Engineering graduate student, working towards a PhD. Currently, he is working on the characterization of bamboo’s mechanical properties and structure. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology for his undergraduate education. His interests include composite mechanics and materials characterization. He enjoys running and swimming.


Past Members