Daron Green

Microsoft Research Outreach
Managing Director

Background

Dr. Green is responsible for Microsoft Research’s university research investments and collaborations. MSR maintains a global portfolio of research activities with leading universities and research institutes including joint research centers, PhD sponsorships, awards, and major initiatives in computer science. Previously, Dr. Green was General Manager of Microsoft’s Technology Policy Group where he was responsible for identifying business opportunities and innovations likely from potential disruptive technologies. In that role, he provided oversight for key mechanisms for Microsoft’s internal processes of innovation and ideation such as ThinkWeek and external efforts such as Microsoft’s Cloud Research Engagements and Microsoft’s Environmental Sustainability program. Dr. Green’s initial research background was in molecular modeling and equations of state for fluid mixtures—his BSc is in chemical physics (1989, Sheffield) and PhD in molecular simulation of fluid mixtures (1992, Sheffield). He went on to do post-doctoral research in simulation of polymer and protein folding (1993–4, UCD). After working at Southampton University’s Parallel Applications Center, Dr. Green moved more fully into high performance computing and was responsible for some of Europe’s largest HPC Framework V programs for the European Commission and major HPC procurements in the UK for the UK Research Councils and UK Defense clients. From there, Dr. Green went to work for the SGI/Cray—helping to set up the European Professional Services organization, from which he span out a small team out to establish the European Professional Services for Selectica Inc. Selectica specialized in on-line configuration/logic-engine technologies offered via web services. He subsequently moved to British Telecom to head-up its global services business incubation.