Jeannette M. Wing

Columbia University
Computer scientist; Educator
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Computer Sciences

Jeannette M. Wing is the Executive Vice President for Research and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. She joined Columbia as the inaugural Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute in July 2017. Prior to Columbia she was Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, overseeing a global network of research labs. Prior to Microsoft, she was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University and served twice as Head of the Department of Computer Science and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the School of Computer Science. She also served at the National Science Foundation as the Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate, where she oversaw the federal government’s funding of academic computer science research. Her areas of research expertise include security and privacy; formal methods; programming languages; and distributed and concurrent systems. Her current research interests are in trustworthy AI. She is widely recognized for her intellectual leadership in computer science, and more recently in data science. Jeannette's seminal essay, titled “Computational Thinking,” was published more than 15 years ago and is credited with helping to establish the centrality of computer science to problem-solving in fields where previously it had not been embraced. Jeannette has been recognized with distinguished service awards from the Computing Research Association and the Association for Computing Machinery. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from MIT, and an honorary doctorate from Linkoping University. She was elected a Fellow (Class I:6) of the American Academy in 2010 and has served as Chair of the Class I:6 membership panel, the restoring the Foundation Project Committee, and is currently a member of the Academy Council and the Science Engineering and Technology Program Advisory Committee.

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