PARTNER GENERAL MANAGER
I am a General Manager within the Microsoft Azure team. My team's mission is to help Azure and other Microsoft product teams deliver more compelling and delightful solutions to our customers and partners through AI innovation, data-driven insights, and deep customer collaborations.
During my time at Microsoft, I have worked on numerous enterprise, education, and SMB offerings across multiple platforms and technologies. I hold a particular passion for user experience and building diverse and inclusive teams. I am a founding member of several Microsoft women's communities in Cloud & AI, Experiences & Devices, and at NERD.
TECHNICAL FELLOW/LAB DIRECTOR
Susan Dumais a Technical Fellow at Microsoft, Director of the Microsoft Research Labs in New England, New York City and Montreal, and an adjunct professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. Prior to joining Microsoft, she was at Bell Labs where she developed Latent Semantic Analysis, an early word embedding technique for search. Her current research focuses on personalization, email search, and large-scale behavioral log analysis. She has worked with several Microsoft product groups (Bing, Windows Search, SharePoint, and Office Help) on search-related innovations, and holds several patents on novel retrieval algorithms and interfaces. Susan has published widely in the fields of information retrieval, human-computer interaction, and cognitive science. She is an ACM Fellow, was elected to the CHI Academy, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and received the SIGIR Gerard Salton Award for lifetime achievement in information retrieval, the ACM Athena Lecturer Award, the Tony Kent Strix Award for outstanding contributions to IR, the ACM SIGCHI Research Award for lifetime achievement in HCI, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Indiana University Department of Psychological and Brain Science.
SR PRINCIPAL RESEARCHER and NY SITE LEAD
Jake Hofman is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in New York City, where his work in the area of computational social science involves applications of novel computational tools and statistical methods to large-scale social data. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Columbia University's Applied Mathematics Department, and he runs the Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School to promote diversity in computer science.
DIRECTOR, THE GARAGE - NYC
Mike Pell leads The Microsoft Garage in New York City, part of the company’s worldwide program for curiosity-fueled explorations and grassroots innovation. His Design work is highly impactful on the vision, strategy, and execution of this global innovation program. Mike works at every altitude of Design, and across every aspect of Engineering, in a quick and decisive manner. He’s been at Microsoft for nearly 20 years, having worked in Mobile, Search, Live, Office, Windows, and now The Garage.
Bold, insightful, and uncompromising, Mike’s evolution from intrepid entrepreneur, to VC-backed startup veteran, to corporate man for Adobe and Microsoft has given him a unique perspective on how to combine business, experience, and technology to create breakthrough experience. He is the author of “Envisioning Holograms” (2017) and “The Age of Smart Information” (2019).
SR. PORTFOLIO MANAGER
Responsible for Microsoft’s real estate portfolio in the NY Metro and Midwest Regions, Keith’s role includes real estate strategy, lease transactions, design and construction for capital and expense projects, budget forecast and reconciliation, facilities, and operations. Keith started at Microsoft in 2012 and has developed and completed multiple projects for sales, research, and engineering business groups. Partnering with MSR leadership, he advocated with Finance to invest in the new R&D site in SoHo (300 Lafayette). To deepen the relationship with engineers, customers and innovation, Keith introduced the Garage team to the NYC opportunity to create a truly collaborative and unique Garage for NYC. He’s now engaged on new and refresh projects supporting Microsoft’s investment in NYCResponsible for Microsoft’s real estate portfolio in the NY Metro and Midwest Regions, Keith’s role includes real estate strategy, lease transactions, design and construction for capital and expense projects, budget forecast and reconciliation, facilities, and operations. Keith started at Microsoft in 2012 and has developed and completed multiple projects for sales, research, and engineering business groups. Partnering with MSR leadership, he advocated with Finance to invest in the new R&D site in SoHo (300 Lafayette). To deepen the relationship with engineers, customers and innovation, Keith introduced the Garage team to the NYC opportunity to create a truly collaborative and unique Garage for NYC. He’s now engaged on new and refresh projects supporting Microsoft’s investment in NYC
SENIOR RESEARCHER NYC
Ida Momennejad is a Senior Researcher in Reinforcement Learning at Microsoft Research, NYC. Ida’s background is in CS, psychology, philosophy, and computational neuroscience. Her work focuses on human-like and brain-inspired RL in single and multi-agent settings. Using RL, she studies human cognition: testing how humans build models of the world in behavioral and neural (fMRI, electrophysiology) experiments, and which algorithms (e.g., successor representation learning and replay) capture brain-like processes of memory, navigation, and planning. Her recent work at MSR includes Interaction Grounded Learning, collaborations on memory in RL, the Human Navigation Turing Test (HNTT) with the MSR Cambridge team in the context of a multi-player Xbox game (bleeding edge), and ongoing work on developing multi-agent algorithms to play the game inspired by large-scale human player data.
SR MANAGER COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MONTREAL
Jessica is Lead of the Community Engagement & Partnerships Team at Microsoft Research Outreach where she works closely with stakeholders across Research & Incubation around the world to position Microsoft as thought-leader in the global science & technology community while empowering the generation of diverse computing research talent. Jessica is based in Montreal, and is looking forward to working closely with the NYC site council to position Microsoft as the leading hub for Research + Engineering within NYC.
PRINCIPAL SOFTWARE ENGINEER
Rajan Chari joined Microsoft and MSR NYC in 2017. Rajan has been working on reinforcement learning and help with Personalizer (Azure Cognitive Services). Rajan has spent most of his time earlier building low latency, high frequency platforms for FinTech and AdTech. Specifically, foreign exchange ECNs, algorithmic trading for hedge funds, real-time creation and redemption for ETFs and real-time bidding for Ads. He has founded few startups, joined early stage startups and oddly enough ... owned a restaurant at one point in his life in NYC.
Peter Nagy is an Engineering Manager within the Outlook Mobile team, which brings Outlook to Android and iOS devices. The mobile experience allows users to stay connected and protected, with your email, contacts, calendar and files all in one app. Peter has been with the team since 2020, working on projects and partnerships to make Outlook the number one choice for users to manage their communications and time. Peter started at Microsoft in 2018 as the Tech Lead for the Sticky Notes SDK for Apple platforms. He then became the Engineering Manager of the Tasks Apple team where he was responsible for the Microsoft To Do and Wunderlist applications on iOS and Mac devices. Prior to Microsoft he was an independent iOS app developer.
BUSINESS OPERATIONS MANAGER NYC
Kimberly Marenus is the Business Operations Manager for New York. Her focus is on building the community for the NY Microsoft Engineering and Research teams. Kimberly has worked in events for over 15 years in all aspects ranging from finance, sports with the NHL, Google and now Microsoft. Previously, Kimbely managed the operations and logistics for global teams. She has managed and developed creative programs and enhanced team building exercises as well as developed site wide programs for thousands of employees. She has been recognized in several event industry publications.