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Christine Ortiz

Christine Ortiz is a scientist, engineer, social entrepreneur, educator, and professor. As the founder of Station1, the Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and former dean for graduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Christine has over 25 years of experience in higher education. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of supporting over 7000 students from more than 100 countries and working with hundreds of faculty and staff on initiatives in diversity and inclusion, global education, technology-enabled learning, as well as curricular and pedagogical design.

As a scientist and engineer, Christine’s expertise is in the area of multiscale design and mechanics of biological and bio-inspired materials and manufacturing. She has over 180 scholarly publications and 30 national and international honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, presented at the White House by President George W. Bush. She is an alumni of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities for Science and Engineering (GEM) which provided her with a transformative fellowship and summer internship that enabled her to continue her education and career path. Christine serves on numerous boards, including the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges.