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Promise And Peril In Higher Education, Dr. Christine Ortiz

Second eduWeb Keynote Announced

eduWeb is just a few weeks away, and this year’s program is seriously amazing. We have incredible workshops, nearly 50 dynamic breakout sessions, and impactful, relevant presentations from some of the most highly-respected professionals in the industry. As you prepare for your time with us in Philadelphia, we’re excited to introduce you to Dr. Christine Ortiz, a leader in higher education innovation and our second keynote speaker.

As a scientist, engineer, professor, scholar, and social entrepreneur, Dr. Ortiz will challenge and inspire us to reflect on issues in education around equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and she’ll lead us in an exploration of emerging trends that can further our work to engage and transform society through educational systems that offer opportunities to all.

Promise and Peril in Higher Education: Building an Equitable, Creative, Prosperous, and Sustainable Future through Socially-Directed Science and Technology

We live in an exciting era of transformation in science and technology with ever increasing global connectedness which has both the potential for tackling the enduring problems of humanity, but also is rife with ethical and social perils. Education in science and technology, rooted in equity, inclusion, sustainability, and social inquiry is more important than ever to our societal, economic and cultural survival, let alone progress. Simultaneously, university systems across the globe face both challenges and opportunities as we aim to engage a more diverse community of learners, leverage new pedagogies and technologies, and cultivate a productive relationship between academic and industrial spheres. Professor Ortiz will discuss trends and opportunities to bridge disciplinary boundaries and professional practices, to foster deep learning, personal transformation and civic responsibility through socially-directed scientific and technological inquiry. Building on her experience as a scientist, engineer, researcher, educator, administrative leader, and social entrepreneur she will share her insights visiting institutions across the world and facilitate discussion for envisioning and fostering change in higher education

About Christine: Dr. Ortiz serves as the (tenured and chaired) Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She’s also the founder of a new nonprofit institution, Station1, that is building a new model of higher education and a foundation for the university of the future through an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to socially-directed science and technology education, research, and entrepreneurship. She served as the Dean for Graduate Education at MIT between 2010 and 2016, and with over 25 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Ortiz has led cross-institutional initiatives in global education, technology-enabled learning, new methods of learning assessment, fostering diversity and inclusion and postsecondary financial models. 

Dr. Ortiz is a distinguished scientist and engineer with a CV featuring over 175 scholarly publications and 30 national and international honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering which was awarded to her at the White House by President George W. Bush. She is the founder and faculty director of the MIT International Science and Technologies Initiatives – Israel program which has given approximately 600 students global internship opportunities. Ortiz serves on numerous boards, including as a regional accreditation commissioner for the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges.