Director, MISTI MIT-Israel Program
Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, RM13-4022
Cambridge MA 02139
Currently Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor Ortiz obtained her B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, all in the field of materials science and engineering. Her research group focuses on the high resolution imaging and nanomechanics of structural biological materials such as cartilage, bone, seashells, and armored fish. In 2002, Dr. Ortiz was awarded a National Science Foundation Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (NSF-PECASE) which was presented to her by President George W. Bush at the White House in Washington DC. Dr. Ortiz has served as a review panelist for NSF (SBIR, NSEC, CAREER, MDSE), NIH, and NASA (NBEI). Her research has been published in most recently in the; Biophysical Journal, Physical Review Letters, Nano Letters, and Nature Materials and also has been featured in Physics Today, Science News, USA Today, the Discovery Channel and on the covers of the Journal of Structural Biology and the Journal of Material Science. Professor Ortiz was recently nominated and selected to participate in the 2008-2009 Defense Science Study Group.
Managing Director, MISTI MIT-Israel
MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI)
1 Amherst Street, E40-413
Cambridge, MA 02139
David was born in the US and moved with his family to Israel as a youth. He was a paratrooper/infantry soldier in the Israeli military, youth movement leader, and founding member of Kibbutz Lotan, where he lived and worked for almost twenty years. As General Manager of the Kibbutz and Director of the Lotan Seminar Center he was at the forefront of developing new business initiatives that built on the ideological commitment of the community and it's unique environmental surroundings. Among those initiatives are The Kibbutz Lotan Birdwatching Center and The Center for Creative Ecology. David has a B.A in Economics and Management from the Ben Gurion University/Open University and an M.A in Jewish Education from Hebrew College. David has published articles and received awards for his work on intercultural relations.