Elsa Olivetti
TMS Director/Chair, Extraction & Processing Division
Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
03/25/2023 - 03/19/2026

Elsa Olivetti is the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and co-director of the Climate and Sustainability Consortium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research focuses on reducing the significant burden of materials production and consumption through increased use of recycled and waste materials; informing the early-stage design of new materials for effective scale up; and understanding the implications of policy, new technology development, and manufacturing processes on materials supply chains. Olivetti received her B.S. in engineering science from the University of Virginia in 2000 and her Ph.D. in materials science engineering from MIT in 2007. Her TMS activities include serving as the current vice chair of the TMS Extraction & Processing Division; as a lead organizer for the REWAS 2022 symposium at the TMS 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Anaheim, California; and as the recipient of the 2019 Early Career Faculty Fellow Award. She was also the inaugural recipient of the TMS Sadoway Materials Innovation and Advocacy Award from TMS in 2022.