Microsoft has named Sriram Rajamani as the new managing director of its India lab, effective August 1, 2016. He replaces Chandu Thekkath, who previously was managing director of the lab for two years.
Based in Bangalore, Sriram will spearhead Microsoft India’s continued focus on world-class research, innovation and collaboration with the scientific community.
Rajamani is a distinguished researcher, and has been with Microsoft’s research organization for the last 17 years. His career has spanned various areas in computer science, ranging from hardware and software verification, and programming language design, to distributed systems, security and privacy, cloud security and probabilistic programming.
Terming India has one of the fastest growing and most dynamic IT industries, Microsoft Research Labs’ corporate VP Jeannette Wing said, “India is also a unique place in which to do cutting-edge research. We’re excited that someone with Sriram’s experience and leadership capabilities can help advance state of the art in computer science, and develop new technologies for emerging markets.”
He is the co-winner of the CAV (Computer Aided Verification) 2011 award for his research in bringing formal verification of computer programs to industrial practice. The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) named him as an ACM Fellow in 2016 for his contributions to software analysis and defect detection. Previously, Sriram was the assistant managing director of Microsoft’s India research lab, which he joined in 2006.
Prior to joining the India lab, he headed the Software Productivity Tools group within Microsoft’s Redmond research lab. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley, a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor of engineering degree in computer science from Anna University College of Engineering, Guindy, in Chennai.
On assuming his new role, Sriram Rajamani said, “It is an honor to lead Microsoft’s India research lab, with its abundance of top-notch talent. I look forward to leading and expanding Microsoft’s commitment to world-class research and innovation in India, and deepening our partnerships with our academic partners.”