Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
Martha L. Gray, co-director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), has been named as the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical and Electrical Engineering for a five-year term.
The Taplin chair was established in 1981 by businessman and engineer John F. Taplin (SB 1935) and his family, in honor of his deceased brother.
Professor Gray, who also holds an appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), joined the MIT faculty as an assistant professor in EECS and HST in 1987. She was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and full professor in 1998, a year after being named co-director of HST. She received the BS in computer science and systems science from Michigan State University in 1978, the SM in EECS from MIT in 1981, and the PhD in medical engineering from the HST program in 1986.
Professor Gray's research focuses on the physiology of cartilage and the effects of physical and biological factors on cartilage growth, development and metabolism. She has recently made important contributions to cartilage imaging, having pioneered methods for nondestructive measurements of cartilage composition in vito and in vitro. Another element of her research program includes developing micro-fabricated devices for biomedical research.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on May 3, 2000.