Jeannette Wing

Microsoft Research today named noted computer scientist Jeannette Wing, the two-time head of Carnegie Mellon’s computer science department, to the position of vice president in charge of Microsoft Research International, overseeing the company’s research labs in India, England and China.

It’s a newly created position for Microsoft. Wing will report to Rick Rashid, the company’s chief research officer, after starting at Microsoft in January.

Wing’s research has focused on areas including security and privacy. She worked at the National Science Foundation as an assistant director from 2007 to 2010, leading the area of the foundation that funds academic computer science research in the United States, before returning to Carnegie Mellon.

Wing says in a news release, “Microsoft Research has already had tremendous impact on the field of computing, on Microsoft’s products and services, and on society, with potential yet to be unleashed. I am looking forward to working with the extraordinary talent at Microsoft Research, and I am especially honored to serve the international labs, each with its own character, strengths and distinct cultures.”

Comments

  • Jason

    Congrats to Jeannette on this new position! It gives great pride to this Carnegie Mellon alum to see this appointment.

  • guest

    That’s MSR’s problem: yet to be unleashed potential. More than 850 people. What do most of them do? MS must have the worst researcher to product breakthrough ratio of any major technology company. Maybe of any company in history. Something needs to change. Rashid is demoing research breakthroughs from three years ago that still aren’t products. And his boss, Mundie, seems resigned to minimizing every product breakthrough from competitors while trying to get sympathy credit because in many of those cases MS started investing earlier. Like that matters. I read recently that Sinofsky was not a fan of the current MSR structure either. I wonder what alternative he proposed?

    • Guest

      I see. Your proposal to remedy this problem is, and I quote, “Something needs to change.”

      What needs to change? Do you have solutions, or do you just complain?

      • guest

        I didn’t profess to have the remedy. I *did* however express an interest in hearing what Stevesi’s purportedly was. Indeed, if Todd can chase that down, along with Stevesi’s supposed recent internal blog post which argued against another reorg, it would be worth reading. Particularly since I and others expect a major reorg shortly, which might include substantial layoffs. Though if that’s the case, they’ll probably save it for after the shareholder meeting. Don’t want to worry investors even more than they already are.

        • Guest

          Your baseless complaints and your dedication to internal politics have made you a liability to Microsoft. As a result, I think it’s time that you parted ways. Please leave your badge, your Surface, and your Zune on your desk chair and move slowly to the exit.

          • guest

            Baseless complaints? Who is leading in smartphones? tablets? the cloud? search? virtualization? Is it the company who had the largest research team and spent the most by far on R&D, or Google and Apple who didn’t? Of the three, which company is growing the slowest? Which one has an outgoing Director who admits that the company’s future now comes down to the reception of a single product, Windows 8? The “Windows 8″ was a hint. If you want to debate the facts, do so. Otherwise, spare me your ad hominem bs.

          • Guest

            Sir or madam, you have been sacked from my GeekWire comments: I am the only one who would engage your attention-seeking posts, and I have terminated our relationship. This is the last reply you will receive from me.

            Thank you for using GeekWire. Hopefully somewhere you will find someone who will tolerate your attitude

    • Guest

      MSR’s problem is that they act like a bunch of entitled academics. They make zero attempt to integrate with the company and act like you’re wasting their time when you do try to get them to actually do something. The potential is unrealized because they don’t share anything.

      Take a look at their much vaunted social media expert Danah Boyd. Nothing she does has anything whatsoever to do with Microsoft, it’s products or technologies.

      Indeed, every interaction I’ve had with these folks leads me to think they’re ashamed to work for Microsoft (and yet happy to take the money).

      The entire MSR group could be fired and NO ONE in the rest of the company (or the world) would notice. At this point even if they did share things, no one would listen to them because they’ve instilled so much bad feeling that everyone wants them to just go away.

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