Concepts familiar from grade-school algebra have broad ramifications in computer science.
Eleven MIT faculty members are among 220 academic scientists and engineers named by the National Science Foundation to receive Presidential Young Investigator Awards.
The awards, which finance research by faculty members near the beginning of their careers, help colleges and universities attract outstanding young PhDs who might otherwise pursue non-teaching careers.
Each recipient receives up to $100,000 a year for five years in a combination of federal and matching private funds.
The following professors are the MIT recipients and their fields of study:
Anant Agarwal, electrical engineering and computer science.
Moungi G. Bawendi, physical chemistry.Dimitris J. Bertsimas, operations research.
Mary C. Boyce, mechanics of materials and manufacturing.
Linda G. Cima, biomedical engineering.
Munther A. Dahleh, electrical engineering and computer science.
Jesus A. del Alamo, electrical engineering and computer science.
Martha L. Gray, bioengineering of connective tissues.
Jacqueline N. Hewitt, astrophysics.
Michael I. Jordan, cognitive sciences.
Martin A. Schmidt, microfabrication technology.
A version of this article appeared in the February 5, 1992 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 36, Number 19).