Elsa A. Olivetti

  • Esther and Harold E. Edgerton 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.

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