Jennifer Chayes receives MassTLC Distinguished Leadership Award

| MSNE Staff

Jennifer Chayes accepts the MassTLC Distinguished Leader award

When you have great leaders on your team, you get to take a moment to brag.

Here at Microsoft New England, we’re lucky to have distinguished researcher Jennifer Chayes on our team, where she excels in her roles as technical fellow and managing director at Microsoft Research. As a staple of our Microsoft New England community and a driving force for innovation both within her field and in the region, it is no surprise to us that Chayes has been honored the Distinguished Leadership Award by MassTLC, celebrated at last week’s gala.

The Distinguished Leadership Award is among MassTLC’s annual leadership awards granted to local innovators that are driving change in the Massachusetts tech ecosystem. Chayes’ work reflects that consistent innovation, from her work developing AI with reduced bias to her participation in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, to her invention of graphons, the field of graph limits. A dedicated mathematician and researcher, Chayes is not afraid to bring new ideas to the table and inspire others to work toward success.

“Jennifer exemplifies the type of leader we seek to spotlight,” remarked MassTLC CEO Tom Hopcroft. “The child of Iranian immigrants, Jennifer is a pioneering computer scientist with over 30 patents and 140 academic papers; a compassionate humanitarian helping to design AI systems to be fair and ethical; and a leader of interdisciplinary research centers in New England, New York and Montreal. We were honored to have her in our community and to present her with our 2018 Distinguished Leadership Award.”

We’re excited to see Chayes receive this well-deserved recognition and are honored to have her on our team.