Elsa Olivetti

Elsa
A.
Olivetti
Thomas Lord Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
BS, Engineering Science, University of Virginia, 2000
PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 2007
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Phone: 

(617) 253-0877

Disciplines: 

  • Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials Processing
  • Materials Systems and Analysis

Research: 

Professor Olivetti’s research focuses on improving the environmental and economic sustainability of materials in the context of rapid-expanding global demand. Her research addresses two major problems where solutions could yield significant environmental benefits:

  1. Improving the sustainability of materials through increased use of recycled and renewable materials, recycling-friendly material design, and intelligent waste disposition
  2. Understanding the implications of substitution, dematerialization and waste mining on materials markets.  Her research spans three levels of materials production: operational-level, industrial network-level and market-level strategies.
Six current DMSE faculty members have been elected to the National Academy for Engineering.