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Microsoft Research Conversations in STEM
Research in STEM as a Career

Are you curious about career options after academia? Wondering what you might want to do post-postdoc? Hoping to use your skills and knowledge to make a difference in the world? Watch this on-demand video of a lively panel discussion, with previously recorded Q&A, featuring Jaime Teevan, Mar Gonzalez Franco and Haiyan Zhang, three scientists who’ve turned their passion for research into stellar careers and impacted millions of lives in the process. Moderated by 2021 Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship recipient Stefany Cruz.


Dr. Jaime Teevan

Jaime Teevan is Chief Scientist for Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices, where she is helping Microsoft create the future of productivity. Previously she was the Technical Advisor to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research AI, where she led the Productivity team. Dr. Teevan has published hundreds of technical articles, books, and patents, and given keynotes around the world. Her research earned her the Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator, Borg Early Career, Karen Spärck Jones, and SIGIR Test of Time awards. She holds a Ph.D. from MIT, a B.S. from Yale, and is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington.

Dr. Mar Gonzalez Franco

Mar Gonzalez Franco is a researcher in the EPIC (Extended Perception Interaction and Cognition) group at Microsoft Research where she explores human behavior and perception to help build better technologies in the wild. In addition to her prolific scientific output, her work has also transferred to products used daily around the world, such as Microsoft Soundscape and Together mode in Microsoft Teams. Mar holds a BSc in Computer Science (URL, Barcelona), an MSc in Biomedical Engineering (Universitat de Barcelona and Tsinghua University) and a Ph.D. in Immersive Virtual Reality and Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Prof. Mel Slater at the EVENT-Lab as a visiting student at the MIT MediaLab. She completed her postdoctoral studies at University College London.

Haiyan Zhang

Haiyan Zhang is the Chief of Staff at Xbox, Microsoft’s Gaming division. A designer, engineer and a maker of things, she was formerly Senior Director of Innovation at Microsoft Research Cambridge and Technical Advisor to Lab Director, Christopher Bishop. She has served as an inventor and TV host on the BBC series, Big Life Fix, inventing cutting-edge technology for people and communities in need. Previously roles include Innovation Director at Xbox Games Studio and Co-Founder, Design & Development Lead for the SaaS platform, OpenIDEO. An innovation and technology leader, Haiyan has spent the past 20 years working hands-on in software engineering, user experience, hardware R&D, service design, Cloud platforms, design thinking and blue-sky envisioning. She continues to push on the boundaries where technology can transform people's lives for the better. Haiyan has a Masters degree with Distinction in Interaction Design from the renowned Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, and has a Bachelor of Computer Science (1st-Class Honours) from Monash University, Australia. Haiyan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a member of the prestigious British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA).


Stefany Cruz

Stefany Cruz is a 2021 Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellow, and a second year PhD student in the Ka Moamoa lab at Northwestern University advised by Dr. Josiah Hester. Her research centers on developing and deploying battery-free, energy harvesting, and intermittently powered devices in the future sustainable Internet-of-Things. Her current focus is on pushing the limits of wearable energy harvesting systems to support long term and low-burden health management, safety, and independence for resource constrained communities.