N.W. Harris Distinguished Lecture Series Welcomes Microsoft’s Craig Mundie

Northwestern University’s N.W. Harris Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft Corporation. Mundie will speak on Tuesday, October 4 at 3 p.m. in the Ryan Family Auditorium at the Technological Institute.

In his lecture, “Converging Worlds: A New Era in Computing,” Mundie will discuss the fundamental transformation we are seeing in our interactions with computers, as a new era of computing enables exciting new possibilities. Mundie will discuss how we can use these technologies to tackle some of the world’s most complex challenges.

Mundie oversees Microsoft Research, one of the world’s largest computer-science research organizations, and is responsible for the company’s long-term technology strategy. He also directs a number of technology incubations and works with government and business leaders around the world on technology policy, regulation, and standards.

Mundie has worked with Microsoft since 1992; prior to his current position, he served as the company’s chief technical officer for advanced strategies and policy, working with Chairman Bill Gates to develop global strategies. He has served for more than a decade as Microsoft’s principal technology policy liaison to the U.S. and foreign governments, with an emphasis on China, India, and Russia. He is also deeply engaged in issues of privacy, security, and cyber-security.

Mundie has served on the U.S. National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. In 2009, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in information theory and computer science from Georgia Tech.

To register for the lecture, visit  Attendees will be eligible for the drawings of five Windows Phone 7.5 devices and two Xbox 4GB Kinect Bundles.

A dessert reception will follow the presentation.