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Reaping the Benefits of a Diverse Background

Dina Katabi

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Dina Katabi, recipient of the 2017 ACM Prize in Computing, took a winding road to computing, and it paid off. Now a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Katabi began her career in medicine. Since making the transition, she has made numerous creative contributions to wireless network design. Today, she is helping to develop medical applications for a technology she pioneered, which uses wireless signals to sense humans and their movements through walls—her early training coming full circle.

Your undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering, but you began by studying medicine.


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