About Christine Ortiz
Christine Ortiz is a scientist, engineer, social entrepreneur, educator and professor. As Founder of Station1, Ortiz has 25 years of experience in higher education and is the (tenured and chaired) Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and former Dean for Graduate Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). During this time, 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, learning assessment, curricular and pedagogical design, new financial models, 21st century personal and professional skills development, and many more areas.
As a scientist and engineer, her research expertise focuses on the area of multiscale design and mechanics of biological and bioinspired materials and manufacturing. Ortiz has over 180 scholarly publications and 30 national and international honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering given at the White House by President George W. Bush.
She received a BS degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University, all in the field of materials science and engineering. Ortiz 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 was critical to her career path.
Ortiz serves on numerous boards, including as a regional accreditation commissioner for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges.