From: Chris Olds (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Jul 03 2000 - 12:27:51 PDT
I know it's Dave's job to post links to Userland, but this does answer the
From my point of view, it's a retention aid; after all, when a Senior Engineer
only needs 5 years of experience, what do you call the guys with 15+ who are
still getting stuff done? I know some of the guys on this list are real
standouts, but I also suspect that there was a bit of political maneuvering over
who got this title; I'll stop at saying that I don't view all of the people on
the list with the same level of esteem.
> From: Steve Ballmer
> Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 11:16 AM
> To: MS Corporate Employees: FTE Only; MS Intl Employees: FTE Only; MS
> Domestic Employees: FTE Only; WebTV Wnifolk
> Subject: Distinguished Engineers
> Our success as a company and our continued leadership in the software
> industry is based in large part on the intellectual contributions of our
> employees. Their strategic and innovative insight has laid the technical
> foundation that enables us to create and deliver a continuing stream of
> dynamic products and services for our customers. Microsoft is fortunate to
> have a number of key people on our team whose technical vision, expertise
> and world-class leadership have been instrumental in developing and
> driving products and standards for both the company and the industry. The
> contributions of these visionaries are unparalleled and essential to our
> long-term success.
> To recognize their extraordinary contributions, we are honoring 16
> employees with the special designation of Distinguished Engineer (DE).
> This honor is an acknowledgement of their technical brilliance and vision,
> and of the key role they play in shaping the standards and practices of
> our industry. Their expertise will be of primary importance as we create
> and deliver the next generation of world-class software and services.
> Please join me in congratulating our new Distinguished Engineers.
> Dave Cutler, Platforms Group/Windows Base Team. Dave joined Microsoft in
> 1988. He started the Windows NT group and has since driven the development
> of three major releases of that product, now known as Windows 2000.
> Considered one of the top practicing programmers worldwide, Dave was
> awarded membership of the National Academy of Engineering in 1993 in
> recognition of his major contributions to the field.
> Mark Lucovsky, Platforms Group/Windows Base Team. Mark joined Microsoft in
> 1988, and is a founding member of the Windows NT team. He is currently
> senior architect for Windows 2000, responsible for the overall technical
> integrity and direction of the core operating system. Before joining
> Microsoft, Mark worked at Digital Equipment Corp. and at Culler, where he
> worked on the Unix kernel for mini-supercomputers.
> Wael Bahaa-El-Din, Windows Performance. Since joining Microsoft in 1994,
> Wael has built and managed the world-class Windows performance-analysis
> group. Wael's leadership has been instrumental in winning numerous awards
> for Windows products, and benchmarks for best-in-class networking and
> server performance. Before joining Microsoft, Wael was at Digital
> Equipment Corp., where he was awarded the Technical Leadership and
> Excellence Achievement award for his leadership in the industry.
> Anders Hejlsberg, Developer Division. Since joining Microsoft in 1996,
> Anders has played a pivotal role in the development and design of Visual
> J++ and the Windows Foundation Classes. He currently works on COM+ and
> Visual Studio 7. Before joining Microsoft, Anders was a principal engineer
> at Borland International, where he was the original author of Turbo Pascal
> and chief architect of the Delphi product line.
> Antoine Leblond, Office Development Group. Antoine joined Microsoft in
> 1989 and is currently director of Office development. In this role he
> oversees the technical design and development strategy of Microsoft
> Office, and coordinates the application and shared technology development
> teams. Previously, he led the development efforts of Microsoft Word 97 and
> Suryanarayanan Raman, Business Productivity Group. Suryanarayanan joined
> Microsoft in 1988 as a software design engineer... Since then he has
> worked as a group manager in a number of divisions, including the Desktop
> Applications Division, and currently focuses on Internet and advanced
> technological architecture. Suryanarayanan is highly regarded for his
> vision and his overall contributions to the field of Internet technologies
> and advanced architecture.
> Charles Thacker, eMerging Technologies. Charles joined Microsoft in 1997
> as director of advanced systems, with the goal of helping set up the MSR
> lab in Cambridge, England. He worked on everything from recruiting to
> defining the research agenda and establishing the lab's operating
> procedures. Previously, Charles was chief designer of Xerox PARC's Alto,
> the first personal computer to use a bit-mapped display and a mouse as
> part of its user interface, and the co-inventor of the Ethernet local area
> network. Charles is a distinguished alumnus of the Computer Science
> Department at the University of California at Berkeley, and was granted an
> honorary doctorate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
> Butler Lampson, eMerging Technologies. Butler joined Microsoft in 1995. He
> is an architect in eMerging Technologies in the Business Productivity
> Group, and an adjunct professor at the Massachusetts Institute of
> Technology. His work in the industry has ranged from local area networks
> and printers to programming in large, fault-tolerant computing. He was one
> of the designers of the SDS 940 time-sharing system, the Alto personal
> computer, the Xerox 9700 laser printer, two-phase commit protocols, the
> Autonet LAN, and several programming languages. He has a Ph.D. from the
> University of California at Berkeley and an honorary doctorate from the
> Eidgenoessische Techniche Hochschule, in Zurich, Switzerland.
> Jim Gray, Microsoft Research. Jim specializes in database and transaction
> processing systems. Since joining Microsoft his research has focused on
> building megaservers from commodity software and hardware, otherwise known
> as scaleable computing. Jim holds a doctorate from the University of
> California at Berkeley sits on a number of government bodies, is widely
> published, and has been honored throughout the industry with a number of
> accolades, including the ACM Turing award.
> Darryl Rubin, Development Management Group. Darryl joined Microsoft in
> 1986 and is vice president of software strategy and an architect in the
> developer management group. He has been instrumental in developing
> Microsoft's vision of Information At Your Fingertips. Since joining
> Microsoft, he has played a key role in shaping the company's Internet
> strategy and object and distributed networking architectures. Darryl is
> widely published, and holds a B.S. in biology from Stanford University.
> Brad Lovering, Developer Group/Visual Basic. Since joining Microsoft in
> 1988, Brad has worked as a developer, development lead and architect on a
> long line of Microsoft developer products. He currently leads the
> architecture team for Visual Studio 7. He originally came to Microsoft as
> an intern, working on Microsoft language and tools comprehension. He holds
> a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington.
> Lou Perazzoli, Platforms Group/Windows Base Team. Lou joined Microsoft in
> 1988 and is one of the original architects of Windows NT. He was
> responsible for the design and implementation of the virtual memory
> manager, the design of the object manager, and was a key contributor to
> the design of the file cache, the I/O subsystem and driver model. He holds
> two bachelors degrees, one in mathematics, the other in computer science,
> both from Virginia Tech.
> Michael Toutonghi, Consumer Strategy
> Michael helped conceive, architect, and manage the Common Language
> Runtime, Microsoft's high performance, multi-language runtime core for the
> .NET initiative. As the project grew in scope, he helped organize,
> integrate and, until early this year, serve as General Manager for the
> broader .NET framework effort. During his 7-1/2 year tenure at Microsoft,
> Michael has also served as Development Manager for one of the core
> technologies in IE and Development Lead for Windows 95 Kernel. Before
> coming to Microsoft, he created OmniView, a multitasking environment for
> MS-DOS, Turbo Professional, a developers' library for Turbo Pascal, and a
> variety of other systems and applications level products. Michael recently
> started a new project intended to simplify and enhance the consumer
> experience for audio/video, communications, and home security.
> Peter Spiro, Platforms Product Group/SQL Server. Peter joined Microsoft in
> 1994 and currently manages the database engine team for SQL Server, which
> includes the Windows CE version of SQL Server. He was also the principal
> architect of the storage engine for SQL Server 7.0. Peter holds four
> patents related to database journaling and recovery, and has worked in all
> areas of database storage technology. He has two masters' degrees - in
> forestry and computer science - from the University of Wisconsin.
> Mohsen Al-Ghosein, Business Applications Division. Mohsen joined Microsoft
> in 1990 and currently manages the business operations group in the small
> business division. Mohsen played a number of roles in the early years of
> Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS), and was the product unit manager for
> Microsoft Transaction Server. Mohsen has also been involved in a number of
> corporate strategy and architectural roles including COM+. Most recently,
> Mohsen has been focused on Internet application service hosting
> Charles Simonyi, Business Applications Division. Charles came to
> Microsoft to start the development of microcomputer applications in 1981.
> He hired and managed the teams who developed Microsoft Multiplan, Word and
> Excel. For the last nine years, starting in Microsoft Research and now in
> the Business Applications Division, he has been focusing on Intentional
> Programming, a user-extendible programming environment that strives for
> maximal reuse of software components by separating high level intentions
> from implementation detail. Charles holds a degree in science and in
> engineering mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley, and
> a doctorate in computer science from Stanford.
> These appointments underscore Microsoft's commitment to our technical
> people as key partners in the leadership of the company. I am tremendously
> excited about the opportunity ahead to once again redefine the technology
> landscape, and to do so in a way that benefits our customers, our partners
> and our shareholders. Please join me in recognizing these remarkable
> employees. Thanks.
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