Microsoft executive Craig Mundie to demonstrate 'Tomorrow’s Technologies' at Yale

Craig Mundie, senior advisor to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, comes to Yale Wednesday, April 3, to talk about how computer technology will continue to shape the future and to demonstrate transformational technologies in development at Microsoft.

Craig Mundie

The free public talk, titled “How Tomorrow’s Technologies Will Shape Your World,” takes place at 4 p.m. in room 114 of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall (SSS), corner of Grove, College, and Prospect Streets. Attendees are eligible to take part in a raffle of Microsoft products, which include several new Surface tablets. Following Mundie’s talk, all audience members will have an opportunity to interact with the technologies he will demonstrate.

Mundie is the University’s 2012 Gordon Grand Fellow. The talk, which was originally scheduled for Nov. 1, was postponed due to hurricane Sandy.

In describing the transformation promised by future technologies, Mundie says: “Technology will increasingly conform to how we think, move, and communicate, rather than us having to conform to its constraints. Distance will no longer be a factor in how we work or play together. While the world has already been revolutionized by computing, it will drive even more radical change in the years ahead.”

In his role as advisor to Steve Ballmer, Mundie works on key strategic projects within Microsoft, as well as with government and business leaders around the world on a range of policy and regulatory issues. In his prior role as Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer, Mundie was responsible for the company’s long-term technology strategy, oversaw Microsoft Research, and directed a number of technology incubations.

Mundie has spent much of his career building startups in various fields, including supercomputing, consumer electronics, healthcare, education, and robotics, and continues to take an active role in incubating new businesses. For more than a decade he has also been Microsoft’s principal technology policy liaison to U.S. and foreign governments, and he is deeply engaged in issues of privacy, security and cyber-security. Mundie holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia Tech.

The Gordon Grand Fellowship was established in 1973 to promote dialogue between business leaders and Yale students. It honors Gordon Grand, a member of Yale College class of 1938, who was president and CEO of the Olin Corporation. Recent Gordon Grand Fellows include Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, and T. Boone Pickens, Founder and Chair of BP Capital.

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