Christine Ortiz, Ph.D. is a scientist, engineer, professor, former dean, and social entrepreneur. As founder of Station1, she has over 25 years experience in higher education and is also 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 supported over 7000 students from more than 100 countries and worked 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 is in the area of multiscale design and mechanics of biological and bio-inspired materials and manufacturing and she has over 180 scholarly publications and 30 national and international honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering given to her at the White House by President George W. Bush.
Dr. Oritz received a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University all in the field of Materials Science and Engineering. She serves on numerous boards, including most recently as a regional accreditation commissioner for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges.