Portrait of Rico Malvar

Rico Malvar

Distinguished Engineer


Henrique (Rico) Malvar leads the Microsoft Research Enable group, which aims to empower people living with disabilities. Previously, Rico’s roles were Chief Scientist for Microsoft Research, Managing Director of Microsoft Research Redmond, and Partner Researcher and founder and manager of the Communications, Collaboration, and Signal Processing group at Microsoft Research.

Rico is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Brazilian National Academy of Engineering and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He has been an Affiliate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Washington since 1999, where he was also a past chair of the UW ECE Advisory Board. He was a member of the advisory board for the IEEE Future Directions