Faculty Fellows Inspiring the Next Generation of Computer Scientists


July 16, 2012


Emma Brunskill, Lucy Sanders, Magdalena Balazinska, Miriah Meyer, and Wei Wang


National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Utah, Univeristy of North Carolina


Rane Johnson from Microsoft Research and Lucy Sanders from National Center for Women & Information Technology chair this session at Faculty Summit 2012.

Microsoft Research has recognized innovative, promising new faculty members from a number of research institutions as Microsoft Research Faculty Fellows. More than 40 academic researchers whose exceptional talent for research and innovation identifies them as emerging leaders in their fields have joined the ranks of Faculty Fellows. The selected professors are exploring cutting-edge, high-impact research that has the potential to help solve some of today’s most challenging societal problems.

In this session, three of the women Faculty Fellows discuss what they are doing to change computer science research and inspire the next generation of computer scientists. Hear how their universities helped them become successful and what more is needed to grow the next generation of women to become emerging leaders in computer science. Learn about possible keys to success and what all professors, researchers, and deans in computer science can do to help women become successful computer science faculty and researchers.


Emma Brunskill, Lucy Sanders, Magdalena Balazinska, Miriah Meyer, and Wei Wang

Lucy Sanders is CEO and co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology and also serves as Executive-in-Residence for the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

She has more than 20 years of experience in industry, having worked in R&D and executive positions at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs, where she specialized in systems-level software and solutions (multi-media communication and customer relationship management.) In 1996, Lucy was awarded the Bell Labs Fellow Award, the highest technical accomplishment bestowed at the company, and she has six patents in the communications technology area.

Lucy serves on several boards, including the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) Board of Trustees at the University of California at Berkeley; the Engineering Advisory Council at the University of Colorado at Boulder; the National Girls Collaborative Project Advisory Board; the Advisory Board for the Women’s College Applied Computing Program at the University of Denver; the ATLAS Advisory Board; and several corporate boards. She is a member of the ACM nominating committee and the ACM-W Advisory Board.

In 2004, Lucy was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Engineering at CU and in 2007, she was inducted into the Women in Technology International (WITI) Hall of Fame. Lucy has served as Conference Chair and Program Chair for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, as well as the Information Technology Research and Development Ecosystem Commission for the National Academies. In 2009, she was recognized as a Microsoft Community Partner.

Lucy received her BS and MS in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder, respectively.

Magdalena Balazinska is an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington. She received a PhD from MIT in February 2006 and was selected as one of five Microsoft New Faculty Fellows in 2007. Magdalena’s research interests are broadly in the fields of databases and distributed systems. She is currently working on Moirae, a system that integrates historical information into continuous monitoring engines, and the RFID Ecosystem, a system for managing RFID data, detecting probabilistic events from that data, and studying building-scale RFID deployments.


  • Portrait of Wei Wang

    Wei Wang