Portrait of Ben Zorn

Ben Zorn

Partner Researcher


I am a Partner Researcher and former co-manager of the Research in Software Engineering (RiSE) group in Microsoft Research, Redmond WA working on programming languages and software engineering.  Research interests include  usability, security, and reliability, including reliability of artificial intelligence.  More information here: vita.

From 1990-1998 I was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Univ. of Colorado. I have a BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1982) and an MS (1984) and PhD (1989) from the University of California at Berkeley.

I have served as the Program Chair (1999) and General Chair (2010) of PLDI, served on the Executive Committee of SIGPLAN, and served as a member of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council between 2014 and 2020.  I co-founded the  CRA-Industry committee in 2021 and am currently co-chair.  In 2021 I received the SIGPLAN Distinguished