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.”