Elsa Olivetti is taking on huge tasks in sustainability efforts.
Started at MIT: 2014
Dr. Olivetti teaches courses closely related to her research in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, where she earned her PhD in 2007.
She's working on developing a model that combines cost and environmental data to help producers choose materials and methods for cutting emissions – a huge task in sustainability efforts.
Since 2006, she's worked as a research scientist at MIT's Material Systems Lab where her research team made international news when they concluded that more than two-thirds of the carbon dioxide emissions generated by making running shoes arise during the manufacturing process.