Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
Assistant Professors Lynn A. Stein and Jacquelyn C. Yanch have received $25,000 Junior Faculty Career Awards from the School of Engineering under a program supported by the GE Foundation.
The foundation's Faculty for the Future program is designed to increase the number of women and members of underrepresented minority groups on the engineering, science and business faculties in the United States. The foundation has committed $330,000 over three years to MIT.
The awards were announced by Professor David N. Wormley, associate dean of the School of Engineering.
Professor Stein, a member of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science since 1990, is working in two areas. She is interested in making computers behave intelligently and support human cognition and in designing and using inexpensive interactive robot agents to explore the relationship between behavior and cognition.
Professor Yanch, a member of the Department of Nuclear Engineering and of Whitaker College since 1989, is involved in three major projects: the design of neutron beams for boron-capture therapy for brain cancer victims; studies of dose distributions of isotopes injected in human joints; and development of data-visualization methods for tomography in medical diagnosis.
The GE Foundation's grant to MIT also supports forgivable loans for PhD candidates interested in teaching careers who are women or members of underrepresented minority groups.
A version of this article appeared in the June 3, 1992 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 36, Number 33).