Maria Klawe: Scholar, Scientist and Microsoft Board Member

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Dr. Maria Klawe joined the board of directors of Microsoft in 2009. She is a distinguished computer scientist, scholar and president of Harvey Mudd College. If that's not enough, she's also an accomplished artist. We had to catch up with Maria for WM_IN to learn about her path to success and accomplishment in computing and higher education, so when the opportunity presented itself recently Ritzy and I were all over it! What a treat it was to spend some time with Maria. It's hard to fathom just how motivated, capable and intelligent one person can be. We're very fortunate to have Maria as one of the people who govern Microsoft's future.

Tune in and learn about what it's like to be a member of Microsoft's board of directors (What does the board do, anyway? What's it like in the boardroom?) and president of one of the best engineering and mathematics liberal arts colleges in the United States.



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    This is a wonderful video.  Thank you for sharing your insights with us, and best of luck with your bright future on the board of directors!

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    1) She is indeed one of the most awesome women in technology I've seen, unlike most other women in almost being scripted in what they say to an audience without background content and personal knowledge of their own.  Its reassuring that gals like her are playing a major role.

    2) I'll be looking forward to seeing the effectiveness of Windows Mobile 7, possibly a true remote cloud OS to challenge a ChromeOS using native binary execution remotely.

    3) I only wish there was some major gas to fuel my sparks in many aspects of today like re-invention of Electricity generation, successful cancer research, parallel execution in a perpendicular fashion compared with OpenMP( I hereby coin perpendicular computation Tongue Out ), and a few ways on how to understand the physics of Gamma-ray Bursts and limits of frequencies beyond just the speed of photons as light.  If my spark needs to become so big it completely combusts and consumes the modern world we have today with the changes I want to make like a Phoenix from the ashes of its demise to help everyone on the planet and any future generations long after me then so be it, but I swear I'll aim for the best outcome for all the world Smiley 

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