Lorna J. Gibson
MATOULA S. SALAPATAS PROFESSOR OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
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).
Current research projects include: balsa as a model for bioinspired design of engineering materials and the mechanics of structural bamboo products, analogous to wood products such as oriented strandboard. Professor Gibson teaches two subjects: 3.032 Mechanical Behavior of Materials and 3.054 Cellular Solids: Structure, Properties and Applications. Both are also available online through edX (3.032x and 3.054x). Professor Gibson was recently named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT's top award for undergraduate teaching. She has served as Chair of the Faculty and Associate Provost at MIT.
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