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Martha L. Gray SM ’81, PhD ’86

J.W. Kieckhefer Professor of Medical and Electrical Engineering

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

J.W. Kieckhefer Professor of Medical and Electrical Engineering

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Martha L. Gray SM ’81, PhD ’86
J.W. Kieckhefer Professor of Medical and Electrical Engineering
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Ask Martha Gray how she became a professor at MIT and she will tell you it is all about meeting the right people at the right time. Trained as a computer scientist and with a lifelong research interest in arthritis, she developed a new method for imaging the degeneration of cartilage. In addition, Professor Gray’s passionate commitment to multidisciplinary education is responsible for the transformation of the Harvard—MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. 

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Opportunities to make a contribution to medicine without becoming a physician.
  • The value of and tension between disciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches in education and research.
  • Creating the BioMatrix mentoring program and the Biomedical Enterprise Program.
  • The importance of wrong answers in moving from top-down teaching to bottom-up learning.
  • Being a woman faculty member and administrator at MIT.
  • Why personal success should be linked to the success of others.

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