Microsoft Research hires big computer science thinker Jeannette Wing

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Jeannette Wing, a prominent computer science, security and privacy researcher, has been named a VP at Microsoft Research and head of Microsoft Research International.

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Wing has held key jobs in academia and government, most recently at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Science Foundation. She will report to Microsoft Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid.

From 2007 to 2010, Wing served as assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the NSF, where she led the directorate that funds academic computer science research in the United States. Wing has served twice as head of the Department of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.

Wing received her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from MIT.  Areas of expertise include "the foundations of trustworthy computing, software specification and verification, concurrent and distributed systems, and programming languages and methodology," according to Microsoft. Below, Wing speaking about computational thinking.

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