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November 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Computer science researcher Jeannette Wing hired as new VP of Microsoft Research International

JeannetteWing_Web.jpgMicrosoft announced that it’s hired Jeannette Wing, a computer science researcher, as the new vice president Microsoft Research International, overseeing the company’s research labs in Bangalore, India; Cambridge, UK; and Beijing, China.

According to a Microsoft news release, Wing is “a leading figure in computer science research, particularly in formal methods, security and privacy.” (Formal methods are about using mathematical and logical techniques to formalize the process of writing computer programs so that they’re more reliable in that they do what they’re supposed to do.)

Wing is also known for advocating the idea of computational thinking — “an approach to problem solving, designing systems and understanding human behavior that draws upon concepts fundamental to computer science,” according to Microsoft.

Wing has held leadership positions in academia and government, serving as head of the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University and assistant director of the section of the National Science Foundation that funds academic computer science research in the U.S., among other positions.

She received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Wing, who starts at Microsoft in January, will report to Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid.

Microsoft Research, which has seven offices worldwide, employs more than 850 Ph.D.-level researchers who conduct research in both basic and applied computer science and software engineering.

(Photo of Jeannette Wing from Microsoft)

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