The Next Women Business Magazine recently featured Jennifer Chayes ’78, co-founder and managing director of Microsoft Research New England and Microsoft Research New York City, as part of a series highlighting women in distinguished and male-dominated professions. In the interview, Chayes describes her research, biggest challenges, and life in the tech industry.
JTC: “The research in our labs is enabling us to anticipate and create the technologies of the future, and to provide a venue to train a new generation of interdisciplinary STEM researchers.
“…I also still find challenges in recruiting women in more technical fields. Unless we can recruit a diverse group of scientists, the technologies we create will be much more limited in their approaches and their impact. Obviously, I am always on the lookout for talented women researchers, and I’m actually pretty successful in recruiting the ones I find.
“…but I also spend time talking with younger women and encouraging them to go into technical fields. Unless we increase the pipeline, we’ll never have a diverse enough talent pool to create the most exciting and impactful technologies.”
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