Richard F. Rashid
Richard Rashid, senior vice president and founder of Microsoft Research's worldwide operations (MSR), has been a major contributor to Microsoft’s digital media, interactive TV and e-commerce initiatives. During his career, which has touched both academic and research disciplines, Dr. Rashid has made numerous contributions to distributed computing, including the development of three landmark distributed operating systems: the Rochester Intelligent Gateway, Accent and Mach (an early inspiration in the creation of Microsoft’s Windows NT and a direct ancestor to several versions of Unix and of the Apple Macintosh OS X platform). Dr. Rashid holds a number of patents in several areas, including data compression, networking and operating systems. An IEEE Senior Member, Dr. Rashid is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering and received the 1985 Association for Computing Machinery Symposium on Operating Systems Principles Paper Award.