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July 18, 2016

Microsoft Research Names Williams Outstanding Collaborator

Dr. Laurie Williams, professor and associate department head in the NC State Computer Science Department, recently received one of 32 Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Award for 2016.
In the 25 years since its founding in 1991, Microsoft Research has grown to be a worldwide symbol of excellence in computer science. Our over 1,000 scientists, engineers, and designers produce technologies that change the lives of people every day through their innovative software, systems, and designs. These accomplishments are founded on a model of open collaboration with academia. The Microsoft Research Outstanding Collaborator Awards 2016 highlight and celebrate some of the amazing academics who have worked with Microsoft Research over the years.
Per Williams’ biography in the Outstanding Collaborator Award Booklet, “Williams has made exceptional contributions to software engineering research not only in Microsoft Research (MSR) but throughout Microsoft at unprecedented levels for over 10 years. She has collaborated and continues to work with a wealth of Microsoft researchers spanning several continents on a number of research projects, ranging from continuous deployment, software security, agile development, software engineering, software analytics, and many others. She has helped Microsoft product teams including Windows Client and Server, DevDiv, Bing, Skype, and Yammer. Her collaboration with MSR has led to many highprofile publications as well as book projects, and she has helped organize joint research and product group seminars on branching. Laurie’s collaboration has involved many students and interns who, like her, have continued to make a positive impact at Microsoft and the software engineering research community. Laurie has been an inspiration for empirical software engineering at Microsoft.”

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