Portrait of Rick Rashid

Rick Rashid

Emeritus Researcher


Dr. Richard (Rick) Rashid founded Microsoft Research in 1991, and between 1991 and 2013, he oversaw the worldwide operations for Microsoft Research, an organization that grew to encompass more than 850 researchers across nearly a dozen labs worldwide. Under Rashid’s leadership, Microsoft Research conducted both basic and applied research across disciplines that include algorithms and theory; human-computer interaction; machine learning; multimedia and graphics; search; security; social computing; and systems, architecture, mobility and networking. His teams collaborated with the world’s foremost researchers in academia, industry, and government on initiatives that expanded the state of the art across the breadth of computing and helped ensure the future of Microsoft’s products. During his time at Microsoft, Dr. Rashid has held the positions of director, vice president, senior vice president and chief research officer.

Before joining Microsoft, Rashid was professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). As a faculty…