Ortiz Laboratory


Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Dean for Graduate Education
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, RM 3-132 Cambridge MA 02139
Email : cortiz@mit.edu

Christine Ortiz is the Dean for Graduate Education and the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Ortiz obtained her B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University, all in the field of materials science and engineering, with a minor in theoretical and applied mechanics. During graduate school, Dr. Ortiz carried out collaborative research each summer at the University of Cambridge, Cavendish (physics) Laboratory in the UK. 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, in the Netherlands. Dr. Ortiz has over 175 scientific publications in more than 20 academic journals, has given more than 130 invited research lectures, and has supervised more than 80 students from 10 different academic disciplines. She has received over 30 national and international honors, including the Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Award, National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship; she was a Lady Davis Fellow and visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, where she received the Hadassah Appreciation Medal; the MIT Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award; 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 is also a fellow of the Defense Science Study Group. Dr. Ortiz is the founding and current faculty director of the MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) - Israel program. She has served on over 50 departmental and Institute committees and working groups and in her current role as Dean for Graduate Education leads areas which include; fellowships, educational innovation, graduate admissions administration, diversity initiatives, policies and procedures, and Institute-wide data analysis. Dr. Ortiz has given invited presentations on higher education at the Council for Graduate Schools, Association of American Universities, Association of Graduate Schools, American Society of Engineering Education, National Science Foundation, European University Association Council for Doctoral Education Global Strategic Forum (Ireland), Association of Chinese Graduate Schools (China), Vitae Researcher Development International Conference (UK), and the League of European Research Universities (Switzerland, 2012 and the UK, 2014).