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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.

 

Room: 8-135

Phone: 617-253-7107

Email: ljgibson@mit.edu

Curriculum Vitae
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Patrick Dixon

GRADUATE STUDENT

Patrick Dixon is a fifth year PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering. Currently, he is working on the characterization of bamboo’s mechanical properties and structure. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology for his undergraduate education. His interests include composite mechanics and materials characterization. He enjoys running and swimming.

Room: 8-137

Phone: 617-324-6341

Email: pdixon7@mit.edu

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Amelie Kharey

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Amelie is assisting with a project on the mechanical properties of the bones in the avian wing. She is a Junior in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her academic interests include metals, biologically inspired materials, and characterization. In her free time she enjoys watching movies, reading books, and taking care of animals.

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Mindy Wu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Mindy is a sophomore studying Materials Science and Engineering. She is currently working on a project measuring the mineral content of the bone in the wings of birds.  Interested in sustainability, she hopes to work on materials that will help with clean energy and reduce waste. In her free time she enjoys ceramics, reading, and looking at National Audubon photos of birds.

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Sandra A. Crawford

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Coordinator of faculty and student travel arrangements, visiting scholar appointments, procurement of lab and office supplies, and reconciler of research and discretionary spending.

Room: 8-135

Phone: 617-253-0495

Email: crawfjen@mit.edu

Previous PhD students

Thanasis Triantafillou

PROFESSOR, UNIV. PATRAS, GREECE

Tim Tonyan

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CTL GROUP

Jong-Shin Huang

PROFESSOR, NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAIWAN

Ed Guo (co-supervised with TA McMahon and WC Hayes)

PROFESSOR, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Gebran Karam

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, LEBANESE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

Amy Courtney (co-supervised with TA McMahon and WC Hayes)

SENIOR ASSOCIATE, EXPONENT

Matt Silva (co-supervised with WC Hayes)

PROFESSOR, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

Catherine Ford (co-supervised with WC Hayes)

GROUP VICE PRESIDENT, EXPONENT

Tony Simone

MANAGING DIRECTOR, JP MORGAN CHASE

Leon Wegner

PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN

Tara Arthur

CONSULTANT, SINGAPORE

Toby Freyman (co-supervised with IV Yannas)

SHIRE PHARMACEUTICALS

Wynn Sanders

CAMBRIDGE STREET VENTURES

Brendan Harley (co-supervised with IV Yannas)

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UIUC

Matt Dawson (co-supervised with GH McKinley)

INVESTMENT MANAGER, STATOIL TECHNOLOGY INVEST

Biraja Kanungo

STAFF PRODUCT ENGINEER, LAM RESEARCH CORPORATION

Previous PostDocs

Olivia Kesler

PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Debbie Chachra

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, OLIN COLLEGE

Fergal O'Brien

PROFESSOR, ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF IRELAND

Erik Andrews

Antonio Makiyama

FOUNDER, VIVAX (STROKE REHABILITATION STARTUP)

Partha Ganguly

DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, BAKER HUGHES

Marc Borrega

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER, AALTO UNIVERSITY

Sardar Malek