Maria Klawe: Scholar, Scientist and Microsoft Board Member

Posted by John Seethoff 
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

Increasing women’s participation in science and engineering is a lifelong passion of Dr. Maria Klawe, who joined the Microsoft board of directors last year. A distinguished computer scientist and president of Harvey Mudd College, a top liberal-arts college of engineering, science and mathematics, Dr. Klawe recently sat down for an interview with Microsoft employees. The video is one in a series posted on Microsoft’s Channel 9 featuring women at Microsoft who have interesting stories to share about their success in the industry and ideas on how to grow diversity in IT.

In her interview, Dr. Klawe discusses how she became a computer scientist and what it’s like being a Microsoft board member – which she describes as a learning experience comparable to earning a second Ph.D.


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Comments (3)

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a great interview! Not that I watched the whole, nearly-hour-long video, at work, or anything.    I love seeing women in CS who have an impact on the world. Klawe is just amazing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Interesting angle, not just another academic on a board, but a real teacher.

  3. William Harris says:

    The idea of video interview is alright.  The technical quality of this interview was not very good.  I could not turn up my windows volume high enough to hear much of it, especially when her voice dropped.

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