Christine Ortiz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Station
Building an Inclusive, Productive and Transformative Materials Research Program for Early-Career Professionals

This interactive workshop will focus on key strategies for building an inclusive, productive and transformational research program for postdoctoral researchers and early-career professionals. Areas of scholarship to be discussed include environments and mechanisms of creativity, inclusive mentoring, scientific and technological collaboration across nations and cultures, the science of learning through research, digital communications, publication and grant writing.

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Example of topics will include:

  • Building a differentiated research identity and integrated research program;
  • Strategies to foster research creativity and impact of research;
  • Defining characteristics for effective and inclusive research mentoring including academic, professional and socio-emotional
  • Intentional development of an inclusive and productive laboratory culture;
  • Cognitive approaches to the development of expertise and learning through research; and
  • The changing nature of scientific communication, knowledge dissemination and dialogue

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.