Portrait of Karin Strauss

Karin Strauss

Senior Principal Research Manager


I am a Senior Principal Research Manager at Microsoft. I am also an Affiliate Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Washington.

My research lies at the intersection of the sciences, computer systems, and environmental sustainability. I investigate alternative approaches to continue the improvement we have been seeing in computer systems over the last few decades, while having environmental sustainability as a top priority. Approaches I have been studying include hardware accelerators for machine learning, emerging memory technologies, and the use of biology, chemistry, and material sciences to the benefit of the IT industry.

A representative project has been to develop an end-to-end system that stores digital data in DNA, for which I was named one of the 2016 “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company. The DNA data storage project has been chosen as “Best of What’s New” by Popular Science in…