Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute at Columbia
Jeannette comes to Columbia from Microsoft, where for the past four years she has been Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, overseeing a global network of research labs. She is widely recognized for her intellectual leadership in computer science, and is now helping to define the new, emerging field of data science. Jeannette’s seminal essay, titled “Computational Thinking,” was published more than a decade 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.
Before joining Microsoft in 2013, Jeannette held positions at Carnegie Mellon University and the National Science Foundation. She served Carnegie Mellon as Head of the Computer Science Department twice and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. At the National Science Foundation, she was 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. Jeannette has been recognized with distinguished service awards from the Computing Research Association and the Association for Computing Machinery. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from MIT.