Prof. Elsa Olivetti awarded tenure
July 12, 2021
DMSE is excited to announce that Professor Elsa Olivetti has been awarded tenure! Elsa first came to MIT as a student in our department, working with Prof. Anne Mayes on composite polymer/inorganic materials for electrolyte and electrode materials in lithium-ion batteries; after receiving her Ph.D. in 2007, she joined ESD where she began the research work that she continues today — sustainable and scalable materials design, processing, and manufacturing. Her research interests have enormous consequences for the world today, helping inform materials choices, manufacturing options, shipping decisions, recycling, and end-of-life determinations for many industries.
Prof. Olivetti's creativity as a educator and dedication to the students is remarkable, and her efforts have been recognized with the Priscilla King Gray Award for Public Service and a MacVicar Fellowship. She is an indispensable member of our department; her enthusiasm for Course 3 and MIT makes her beloved by students and valued by colleagues. Many new initiatives in recent years have benefitted from her involvement, including the undergraduate curriculum reform, the NEET program, and the Climate and Sustainability Consortium.