CSC News

April 28, 2008

Alumnus Wins Microsoft Technical Achievement Award

Congratulations to NC State Computer Science alumnus, Mike Marcelais (BS ’96), who was among 12 Microsoft employees recently recognized by the company with the Microsoft Technical Achievement Award.

The award is presented to recipients in honor of their outstanding achievement, leadership and impact. Marcelais was featured in a full-page advertisement in the New York Times recently with the rest of his team members in honor of this award.

Marcelais’ team won the award this year for its work on the Watson internal debugger, which collects error information from Microsoft Windows and Office in an effort to improve the products.  Today, Marcelais is a member of the Office Engineering Excellence organization, where he is working on improving the integration of all the products across Microsoft Office.

Asked for his advice to students, Marcelais said, “find pet projects to work on – class gives you the fundamentals, but the real value comes from doing things on your own. You learn so much more by solving a problem you have a personal investment in.”


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