After graduating from the University of Regina, Dr. Eric Grimson went on to earn a doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1980. He soon became a faculty member at the institution and went on to teach tens of thousands of undergraduate students and supervise some 50 MIT doctoral candidates. His online course in computer science has been taken by roughly 2 million learners worldwide. Grimson is widely known for his research in computer vision, especially as it relates to medical image analysis and neurosurgery.
He has earned fellowships in the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Association for Computing Machinery, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Grimson was named the first Bernard M. Gordon Professor of Medical Engineering in 1998. He also served as head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, associate department head from 2004 to 2005, and education officer from 2001 to 2004. From 2011 until 2014, he served as Chancellor of MIT and in his current role as MIT’s Chancellor for Academic Advancement represents the institution to alumni, parents and others. He also serves as an advisor to MIT’s president on issues related to the institution’s Campaign for a Better World, a $6 billion campaign to meet humanity’s urgent global challenges through the vision and talent of the people of MIT. In 2011, he was awarded a University of Regina Alumni Crowning Achievement Award for lifetime achievement.