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Lorna J. Gibson

Lorna J. Gibson

Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Professor Lorna Gibson studies the mechanical behavior of materials, specializing in materials with a cellular structure, such as engineering honeycombs and foams, scaffolds for regenerative engineering, and natural materials such as wood, bamboo and plant leaves and stems. She is the co-author of Cellular Solids: Structure and Properties (with MF Ashby), Metal Foams: A Design Guide, (with MF Ashby, AG Evans, NA Fleck, JW Hutchinson and HNG Wadley) and Cellular Materials in Nature and Medicine (with MF Ashby and BA Harley).

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Built to Peck

Lorna Gibson’s twin passions for birding and innovative instruction have generated a “first” for MITx: an eight-part, short-form video series designed for public viewing. “I’ve long wanted to do a project on how birds work from an engineering perspective,” says Gibson, a MacVicar Fellow and the Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. “I hope this series will be a way to reach people who might not be interested in picking up an engineering book.”

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Professor Lorna Gibson awarded MacVicar Faculty Fellowship MIT's highest award for undergraduate teaching

Lorna Gibson awarded MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MIT's highest award for undergraduate teaching. "Lorna Gibson’s enthusiasm for teaching is a common theme among nominators."

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