Keynote Speaker

Christine Ortiz is the (tenured and chaired) Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Ortiz is the founder of the nonprofit educational institution, Station1, that is building a foundation for the university of the future ― a model of higher education based on inclusion and equity, learning through frontier project-based inquiry and research, and the integration of science and technology with societal perspective and impact.

Ortiz served as the Dean for Graduate Education at MIT between 2010 and 2016, supporting approximately 8,000 graduate students from 100+ countries. With over 25 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Ortiz has led cross-institutional initiatives in global education, technology-enabled learning, new methods of learning assessment, fostering diversity and inclusion and postsecondary financial models. Ortiz has served on over 50 MIT departmental and Institute committees and working groups.

As a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, Ortiz is a distinguished scientist and engineer with over 175 scholarly publications, has supervised the research projects of more than 80 students from 10 different academic disciplines, and received 30 national and international honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering which was awarded to her at the White House by President George W. Bush. She is the founder and faculty director of the MIT International Science and Technologies Initiatives – Israel program which has given approximately 700 students global internship opportunities. 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