Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
Dr. David P. Hoult of mechanical engineering has been appointed co-director of the new MIT Manufacturing Institute.
Dr. Hoult has been associated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1976 as a senior research associate. He was a faculty member in the department from 1967 to 1975, when he left MIT to found a consulting company in high-technology engineering and products in the automotive industry.
The Manufacturing Institute is an academic/industrial collaboration designed to facilitate the development of manufacturing research into real manufacturing practice. The Institute will serve as a research, development, and teaching organization for the education of engineering students. It received its initial funding from the National Science Foundation and is presently pursuing additional funding through a recruitment program of industrial partners.
The administration of the Manufacturing Institute also includes Professor Nam P. Suh, department head of mechanical engineering and co-director of the Institute, and Dr. Andre Sharon, executive officer. Dr. Sharon is a lecturer in mechanical engineering and associate director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity.
A version of this article appeared in the September 16, 1992 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 37, Number 5).