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Microsoft Senior VP of Research, Dr. Richard F. Rashid Joins Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Board of Trustees
[March 30, 2004]

Microsoft Senior VP of Research, Dr. Richard F. Rashid Joins Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Board of Trustees

PALO ALTO, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- March 30, 2004 -- The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology today announced that Rick Rashid, Senior Vice President, Microsoft Research, has accepted a position on its Board of Trustees. The Board meets four times a year and provides broad policy leadership for the organization. Their role is critical to the continuing advancement of the Anita Borg Institute's mission to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology and to increase the positive impact of technology on the lives of the world's women.

There is huge opportunity for women in computer science, said Rick. In software companies careers range from research scientist, to software engineer, to program developer. Through my work on this board, I hope to promote the depth and breadth of prospects for women in this field. As a member of this board, I hope to have an impact with regard to encouraging more women to continue in computer science graduate programs and eventually careers in the field.

Currently charged with oversight of Microsoft Research's worldwide operations, Rick previously served as the director of Microsoft Research, focusing on operating systems, networking and multiprocessors. Rashid also was instrumental in creating the team that eventually became Microsoft's Digital Media Division and directing Microsoft's first e-commerce group. Before joining Microsoft in September of 1991, Dr. Rashid held the position of Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his master of science (1977) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in computer science from the University of Rochester. He had previously graduated with Honors in mathematics from Stanford University (1974). Rashid is a member of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer Directorate Advisory Committee. He is a past member of the DARPA UNIX Steering Committee and the CSNet Executive Committee and a former chairman of the ACM Software System Awards Committee.

Rick has a long commitment to the mission of the Institute, and a clear vision of the future that is complementary with our organization, said Dr. Telle Whitney, President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. He brings a wealth of experience and leadership and understands the importance of having the widest range of perspectives represented in the creation and implementation of new technologies. In joining our board we expect to expand our partnership with him in strategic ways to accomplish this goal.

Dr. Rashid is joined on the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Board by existing members: Maria Klawe Ph.D., Dean of Engineering and Applied Science, Princeton University Margaret Ashida, Director, University Relations, IBM, Linda Bernardi, CEO and President, ConnecTerra, Penny Herscher, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Cadence, Wayne Johnson, Executive Director, University Relations Worldwide, Hewlett-Packard, A. Richard Newton, Ph.D., Dean of Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Greg Papadopoulos, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Carol L. Realini, Investor and Entrepreneur, Bill Unger, Partner Emeritus, Mayfield Fund, Telle Whitney, Ph.D., President and CEO, Institute for Women and Technology, and William Wulf, Ph.D., President, National Academy of Engineering.

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization providing platforms that enable women's voices, ideas, and spirits to influence technology. For more information see:

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