Portrait of Karla Saur

Karla Saur

Principal Research SDE


I started my career at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) working as a research programmer in the information security field after completing a master’s degree at JHU. I completed my PhD at the University of Maryland in Computer Science in 2015. After graduating, I worked at Intel Labs for three years as a research scientist on various systems-related projects ranging from 5G to Kubernetes.

I joined Microsoft in 2018. My main research focus is optimizing cloud infrastructure for database and machine learning workloads. My interests are broad, and generally I enjoy scalability and performance challenges related to cloud infrastructure.