MIT Announces Professor Gilbert Strang as First MathWorks Professor of Mathematics

Endowment underscores value commercial industry places on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education

The MIT Department of Mathematics today announced the appointment of Professor Gilbert Strang as its first MathWorks Professor of Mathematics. This endowed professorship was made possible by MathWorks, developer of MATLAB and Simulink — mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists.

“Big challenges are awaiting our students after graduation, from designing alternative energy sources to finding the next penicillin. Academia and industry must work together to ensure our future workforce is prepared to meet these challenges. Gifts such as the MathWorks chair help foster an environment in which foundational knowledge is coupled with challenging real-world applications to encourage future innovations,” said Chancellor Eric Grimson.

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