• Malvar Elected as Member of NAE

    Posted by Rob Knies

    Congratulatory cake

    One of the singular advantages of working for Microsoft—and for Microsoft Research, in particular—is the opportunity to work on products and technologies that have a positive influence on multitudes worldwide.

    Henrique Malvar, Microsoft distinguished engineer and chief scientist at Microsoft Research, knows that all too well—as do his peers. On Feb. 9, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced that Malvar had been elected as a member of that prestigious group.

    “Being a member of the National Academy of Engineering is the pinnacle of awards for an engineer,” said Malvar, 54, a native of Rio de Janeiro. “It’s the strongest recognition a person in any area of engineering can receive for a career of contributions. I’m very much honored by this.”

  • Touch Mouse Captures Industry Accolade

    Posted by Rob Knies

    2011 Engadget Awards

    Sometimes, things can go sideways. There are an infinite number of ways that a project can get derailed. We’re human. We understand this.

    But every once in a while, it seems as if everything just stays on track, from start to finish. That’s the way Hrvoje Benko is feeling right now.

    On Feb. 23, Engadget, a web magazine focusing on consumer electronics, published the results of its 2011 Engadget Awards, revealing technologies that won in 15 categories—including Xbox 360 as Game Console of the Year. In the process, the publication revealed that the 2011 Peripheral of the Year was the Microsoft Touch Mouse, born out of a research collaboration between Microsoft Research and Microsoft Hardware back in 2009.

  • Jennifer Chayes Honored with Women of Vision Leadership Award by Anita Borg Institute

    Posted by Paul Coebergh

    Jennifer Chayes

    The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology announced today that Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft distinguished scientist and managing director of Microsoft Research New England, has been selected to receive the Women of Vision Leadership Award. Founded in 1997 by renowned computer scientist Anita Borg, the institute provides resources and programs to help industry, academia, and government recruit, retain, and develop women leaders in high-tech fields, resulting in higher levels of technological innovation.

    The annual Women of Vision Leadership Award recognizes a leading technical woman who has led an important technology development or innovation, made a significant contribution to the technology industry, and inspires others. Women recognized in prior years have included the first female fellow at a major technology company, a lawyer who helped create the Mozilla Foundation, and the creator of technology that enables the visually disabled to use computers.