Rick Rashid

Senior Vice President, Microsoft Research

Technometria: Microsoft Research
60 minutes, 27.7mb, recorded 2007-08-21
Topics: Microsoft
Rick Rashid

Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. The company also collaborates openly with colleges and universities worldwide to broadly advance the field of computer science. Senior Vice President Rick Rashid joins Phil, Scott, and Ben to discuss both Microsoft Research, as well as the general status of technology research.

Rick first talks about his background and what led him to become involved in the formation of Microsoft Research. He discusses the general topic of research and its place in innovation. The group reviews such topics as the research differences between Microsoft and Google andthe controversial issue of software patents. Rick also describes the company's work in China, reviewing the country's educational differences and how Microsoft has become an important resource for students there.

Rick Rashid is Senior Vice President for Microsoft Research. Currently charged with oversight of Microsoft Research’s worldwide operations, Richard (“Rick”) F. Rashid previously served as the director of Microsoft Research, focusing on operating systems, networking and multiprocessors. In that role he was responsible for managing work on key technologies leading to the development of Microsoft Corp.’s interactive TV system and authored a number of patents in areas such as data compression, networking and operating systems. In addition to running Microsoft Research, Rashid also was instrumental in creating the team that eventually became Microsoft’s Digital Media Division and directing Microsoft’s first e-commerce group. Rashid was promoted to vice president of Microsoft Research in 1994, and then to senior vice president in 2000.

Rashid was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2003 for his work in operating systems and for innovation in industrial research. Rashid received master of science (1977) and doctoral (1980) degrees in computer science from the University of Rochester. He graduated with honors in mathematics and comparative literature from Stanford University in 1974.



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