Student Activity Center (SAC) Ballroom
Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corp.
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Talk Title: How Tomorrow’s Technologies Will Shape Your World
Talk Abstract: The world into which you graduate will be very different from what you imagined when you started school. People will routinely harness data on a massive scale to make better decisions and anticipate the future. Technology will conform to how we think, move, and communicate, rather than us conforming to its limitations. Distance will no longer be a factor in how we work or play together. While the world has already been transformed by computing, it will drive even more radical change in the years ahead. Craig Mundie, Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer, will explore the exciting ways computing is extending human capabilities, and enabling us to better understand and improve our world.
Speaker Bio: Craig Mundie is chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft Corp., reporting to CEO Steve Ballmer. In this role, he oversees Microsoft Research, one of the world’s largest computer-science research organizations, and is responsible for Microsoft’s long-term technology strategy. Mundie also directs a number of technology incubations, and works with government and business leaders around the world on technology policy, regulation and standards.
Mundie has spent much of his career building startups in various fields, including supercomputing, consumer electronics, healthcare, education and robotics. Another long-term focus is privacy, security and cybersecurity. Mundie initiated Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative, which has leveraged new software-development practices to significantly improve the security of the company’s products.
For more than a decade, Mundie has also been Microsoft’s principal technology-policy liaison to the U.S. and foreign governments, with an emphasis on China, India and Russia. He has served on the U.S. National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. In April 2009 Mundie was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Mundie holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in information theory and computer science from Georgia Tech.