Painted portrait of Michael Bohan

What He Does · Bohan is dedicated to making the best products through an exceptional understanding of human beings. “We want to understand human interaction holistically—emotionally, cognitively, and physically—to create harmonious experiences that poetically flow across users’ mind and body.” Bohan established Human Factors Engineering as a discipline and founded the Human Factors Center of Excellence, focused on developing an unprecedented understanding of the interactions between people and technology. Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Spending time with his family and taking care of their animals—including several goats and a llama named Bianca.

Michael Bohan

Sr. Director, Human Factors Engineering at Microsoft

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What He Does · Bohan is dedicated to making the best products through an exceptional understanding of human beings. “We want to understand human interaction holistically—emotionally, cognitively, and physically—to create harmonious experiences that poetically flow across users’ mind and body.” Bohan established Human Factors Engineering as a discipline and founded the Human Factors Center of Excellence, focused on developing an unprecedented understanding of the interactions between people and technology. Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Spending time with his family and taking care of their animals—including several goats and a llama named Bianca.

Painted portrait of a Mary Czerwinski

What She Does · With a background in visual attention and multitasking, Czerwinski focuses on empowering people by inventing new technologies that promote emotional resilience and well-being. “We are an interdisciplinary team working on areas including HCI, machine learning, and psychology, and we are passionate about bringing emotional intelligence to technology. We need it now more than ever.” First Job · “I was a waitress at Mr. Steak in Indianapolis when I turned 16. What a great way to improve your memory, learn how to multitask, and do it all with a smile.”

Mary Czerwinski

Research Manager, Human Understanding and Empathy, Microsoft Research

· Read more: The Rise of the Triple Peak Day

What She Does · With a background in visual attention and multitasking, Czerwinski focuses on empowering people by inventing new technologies that promote emotional resilience and well-being. “We are an interdisciplinary team working on areas including HCI, machine learning, and psychology, and we are passionate about bringing emotional intelligence to technology. We need it now more than ever.” First Job · “I was a waitress at Mr. Steak in Indianapolis when I turned 16. What a great way to improve your memory, learn how to multitask, and do it all with a smile.”

Painted portrait of a Michael Ford

What He Does · “I’m focused on enabling every person and every organization at Microsoft to achieve more through delivery of environments that foster collaboration, inspiration, productivity, creativity, and a growth mindset.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Playing golf, flying his drone, expanding his videography skills. First Job · Laborer in his family’s residential and small commercial construction business.

Michael Ford

Corporate Vice President of Real Estate and Security, Microsoft

· Read more: How to Reimagine Workspaces for the Hybrid Era

What He Does · “I’m focused on enabling every person and every organization at Microsoft to achieve more through delivery of environments that foster collaboration, inspiration, productivity, creativity, and a growth mindset.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Playing golf, flying his drone, expanding his videography skills. First Job · Laborer in his family’s residential and small commercial construction business.

Painted portrait of a Brent Hecht

What He Does · Hecht helps increase the pace and responsibility of innovation within products like Teams and Office. He is also an associate professor at Northwestern University, and his background is in both computer science and the social sciences. Why He Does It · “Since the beginning of my career, I’ve been both passionate about the good one can do with technology and deeply concerned about the harm technology can cause. My goal is to accelerate the former and mitigate the latter.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · “I’m an avid runner, and especially enjoy running in below-freezing temperatures.”

Brent Hecht

Director of Applied Science, Experiences and Devices, Microsoft

· Read more: What We’ve Lost … And What We’ve Gained

What He Does · Hecht helps increase the pace and responsibility of innovation within products like Teams and Office. He is also an associate professor at Northwestern University, and his background is in both computer science and the social sciences. Why He Does It · “Since the beginning of my career, I’ve been both passionate about the good one can do with technology and deeply concerned about the harm technology can cause. My goal is to accelerate the former and mitigate the latter.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · “I’m an avid runner, and especially enjoy running in below-freezing temperatures.”

Painted portrait of a Shamsi Iqbal

What She Does · Iqbal’s primary research expertise is in the area of Attention Management for Multitasking Domains. “I am focusing on how productivity is defined in the new era of multitasking and distraction, introducing novel ways of being productive and determining metrics for evaluating productivity.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Hiking and biking with family, cooking, learning to play a new instrument, reading.

Shamsi Iqbal

Principal Researcher, Productivity and Intelligence, Microsoft Research

· Read more: How to Focus in the Always-on Economy

What She Does · Iqbal’s primary research expertise is in the area of Attention Management for Multitasking Domains. “I am focusing on how productivity is defined in the new era of multitasking and distraction, introducing novel ways of being productive and determining metrics for evaluating productivity.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Hiking and biking with family, cooking, learning to play a new instrument, reading.

Painted portrait of a Andrew Wilson

What He Does · Wilson is focused on Microsoft’s overall digital transformation efforts; he also works with enterprise customers and strategic partners on their digital transformation. Why He Does It · “Making a difference with a practical application of exciting technologies that truly can help companies, communities and individuals.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Video production management, broadcasting, DJ’ing, gym, hiking, cycling, and cooking. First Job · Delivering bricks and mixing mortar at a building site. “My first tech job was at Arthur Andersen Management Consultancy in the UK, in a new practice focused on what later came to be called ‘outsourcing.’”

Andrew Wilson

Chief Digital Officer, Microsoft

· Read more: What’s the Next Evolution of Work? Ask a Chief Digital Officer

What He Does · Wilson is focused on Microsoft’s overall digital transformation efforts; he also works with enterprise customers and strategic partners on their digital transformation. Why He Does It · “Making a difference with a practical application of exciting technologies that truly can help companies, communities and individuals.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Video production management, broadcasting, DJ’ing, gym, hiking, cycling, and cooking. First Job · Delivering bricks and mixing mortar at a building site. “My first tech job was at Arthur Andersen Management Consultancy in the UK, in a new practice focused on what later came to be called ‘outsourcing.’”

Painted portrait of a Jaron Lanier

What He Does · A computer scientist, composer, artist, and author, Lanier is a pioneer in many areas, including virtual reality (he coined the terms virtual reality and mixed reality). He developed Microsoft Teams’ Together mode and conducts research in areas including applications of machine learning to theoretical physics, advances in user interaction, and Data Dignity (a strategy to enable computation to better serve humanity). Why He Does It · He declines to answer, as he has written books that attempt an answer and might not have succeeded. First Job · Goat herder.

Jaron Lanier

Octopus (Office of the Chief Technology Officer Prime Unifying Scientist), Microsoft

· Read more: Bringing Us Together

What He Does · A computer scientist, composer, artist, and author, Lanier is a pioneer in many areas, including virtual reality (he coined the terms virtual reality and mixed reality). He developed Microsoft Teams’ Together mode and conducts research in areas including applications of machine learning to theoretical physics, advances in user interaction, and Data Dignity (a strategy to enable computation to better serve humanity). Why He Does It · He declines to answer, as he has written books that attempt an answer and might not have succeeded. First Job · Goat herder.

Painted portrait of a Abigail Sellen

What She Does · As Deputy Director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, England, Sellen’s mission is to make sure that the future of work is all about realizing human aspiration, and that the tools we build make work more fulfilling. “The best kind of work has meaning and purpose, allows us to grow, where the process flows and doesn’t distract us, and where the machine takes care of the grunt work, allowing us the chance to be creative.” First Job · “Making fruit fly food in a biology lab, then putting them to sleep and counting them before they woke up. I didn’t always succeed.”

Abigail Sellen

Deputy Director, Microsoft Research Lab

· Read more: Designing the New Hybrid Meeting Experience—for Everyone

What She Does · As Deputy Director of the Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, England, Sellen’s mission is to make sure that the future of work is all about realizing human aspiration, and that the tools we build make work more fulfilling. “The best kind of work has meaning and purpose, allows us to grow, where the process flows and doesn’t distract us, and where the machine takes care of the grunt work, allowing us the chance to be creative.” First Job · “Making fruit fly food in a biology lab, then putting them to sleep and counting them before they woke up. I didn’t always succeed.”

Painted portrait of a Jaime Teevan

What She Does · Teevan helps Microsoft create the future of productivity by studying how people get things done and developing new algorithms to make them more productive. Why She Does It · “My research shows that it is possible to break many common tasks down into smaller pieces and use AI to automate the repetitive parts so that people can focus on the pieces where their unique insights matter most. I am passionate about using technology to help people work less but accomplish more.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Traveling with her “four wild boys,” playing Charades, cooking with “whatever is left in the kitchen.” See more of our published research on the future of work.

Jaime Teevan

Chief Scientist, Experiences and Devices, Microsoft

· Read more: Designing the New Hybrid Meeting Experience—for Everyone

What She Does · Teevan helps Microsoft create the future of productivity by studying how people get things done and developing new algorithms to make them more productive. Why She Does It · “My research shows that it is possible to break many common tasks down into smaller pieces and use AI to automate the repetitive parts so that people can focus on the pieces where their unique insights matter most. I am passionate about using technology to help people work less but accomplish more.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Traveling with her “four wild boys,” playing Charades, cooking with “whatever is left in the kitchen.” See more of our published research on the future of work.

Painted portrait of a Jeff Teper

What He Does · Teper leads product, design, and engineering teams for Microsoft 365 including Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint. Why He Does It · “I joined Microsoft as a developer evangelist because I believed in empowering others with the Microsoft platform. After more than 25 years here, I am still inspired by our mission and opportunity to create innovative technologies to help people connect and work together.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Running marathons, playing guitar, family movie nights, hikes.

Jeff Teper

Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint

· Read more: What We’ve Lost … And What We’ve Gained

What He Does · Teper leads product, design, and engineering teams for Microsoft 365 including Microsoft Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint. Why He Does It · “I joined Microsoft as a developer evangelist because I believed in empowering others with the Microsoft platform. After more than 25 years here, I am still inspired by our mission and opportunity to create innovative technologies to help people connect and work together.” Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Running marathons, playing guitar, family movie nights, hikes.

Painted portrait of a Emma Williams

What She Does · Williams is responsible for empowering the world’s 2 billion frontline workers; her team has developed tools that help doctors communicate when lives are on the line, as well as tech that uses mixed reality to help workers solve problems with experts located millions of miles away. The team also worked on groundbreaking new features in Microsoft Teams that help workers make time for meditation or take a virtual commute that creates space to transition between work and life. Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Williams’s English rose garden has 150 varieties of old English and hybrid tea roses. She is also a voracious reader (especially of science fiction) and a fan of her cats.

Emma Williams

Corporate Vice President, Modern Workplace Transformation, Microsoft Office

· Read more: Frontline Workers Urgently Need a Front End

What She Does · Williams is responsible for empowering the world’s 2 billion frontline workers; her team has developed tools that help doctors communicate when lives are on the line, as well as tech that uses mixed reality to help workers solve problems with experts located millions of miles away. The team also worked on groundbreaking new features in Microsoft Teams that help workers make time for meditation or take a virtual commute that creates space to transition between work and life. Off-the-Clock Pursuits · Williams’s English rose garden has 150 varieties of old English and hybrid tea roses. She is also a voracious reader (especially of science fiction) and a fan of her cats.