FestSchrift Session 5: Rick Rashid – Renaissance Man


March 9, 2012



Galen Hunt, Andrew Herbert, Greg Bear, Dan Ling, Terri Rashid, and Rick Rashid

Galen Hunt is principal researcher of the Microsoft Research Operating Systems Group. He joined Microsoft Research in 1997, where he has stayed, except for a two and one-half-year sabbatical, in the Windows Server Division. Galen’s more successful past efforts include Menlo, Singularity, Detours, and the first prototype of Windows Media Player and its networking protocols. Galen’s less successful efforts include graduate work in Distributed Shared Memory and building a distributed version of the CLR in 1999. He has shipped bugs in Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Automated Deployment Services. Galen holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Rochester (where he contributed to GCC 2.1), a BS in Physics from the University of Utah (where he contributed to Linux 0.11), and more than 50 patents. Before graduate school, Galen worked at a startup firm reverse engineering file formats for tax programs. Aside from systems research, Galen enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and son.