Portrait of Lisa Woods

Lisa Woods

Principal Program Manager


Lisa Woods is a Principal Program Manager for Project Catapult, in the Silicon Systems Futures Group in Microsoft Research New Experiences and Technology (MSR-NExT).

Lisa is a veteran PM who first joined Microsoft in 1993 and has contributed to a variety of product and service teams. Her seminal role was as Lead Program Manager for Encarta Encyclopedia and Encarta Reference Suite. In more recent years, she has focused on driving enterprise-level collaboration, including in roles on the Microsoft Research PM Team; in the Bing Information, Platform, & Experiences (IPE) team; and in the Surface Hub team.

Since joining Doug Burger’s team and Project Catapult in 2015, Lisa has focused on aligning the many research and engineering groups within the enterprise-wide Project Catapult v-team. She is the team’s PM for Project Brainwave, a deep learning platform that leverages FPGAs to accelerate inferencing of Deep Neural Networks (DNNs). She has never worked on a better team or a cooler project, and she is always ready to wax poetic about both.

Lisa has also worked at Intuit, Compaq, and Teledyne Brown Engineering. She holds a MS degree in Computer Science and a BA in World Peace.