Elsa A. Olivetti

  • Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
  • BS, Engineering Science, University of Virginia, 2000
  • PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT, 2007

Manufacturing; Materials Processing; Materials Systems and Analysis

Elsa A. Olivetti


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.

Recent News

Game-changing materials

Hear Professors Fikile Brushett, Elsa Olivetti, and Yogi Surendranath discuss building the next generation of materials for future energy systems.  

Elsa Olivetti Uses AI to Identify New Materials Fabrication

MIT researchers and their collaborators have demonstrated a novel system using artificial-intelligence techniques to help identify methods of fabricating materials, especially those that look promising in computer simulations. In one test, the system scanned half a million journal articles,…