Jeannette Wing

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Jeannette Wing
Speaking at the World Economic Forum
in Davos, Switzerland, on January 26, 2013.
Jeannette Marie Wing

(1956-12-04) 4 December 1956 (age 67)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology (BS, MS, PhD)
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsColumbia University,
Carnegie Mellon University,
University of Southern California
ThesisA Two-Tiered Approach to Specifying Programs (1983)
Doctoral advisorJohn Guttag[1]
Doctoral studentsGreg Morrisett[1]

Jeannette Marie Wing is Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, where she is also a professor of computer science.[2] Until June 30, 2017, she was Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research with oversight of its core research laboratories around the world and Microsoft Research Connections.[3][4] Prior to 2013, she was the President's Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. She also served as assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the NSF from 2007 to 2010.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] She was appointed the Columbia University executive vice president for research in 2021.[15]


Wing earned her S.B. and S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT in June 1979. Her advisers were Ronald Rivest and John Reiser. In 1983, she earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science at MIT under John Guttag.[1] She is a fourth-degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.[16]

Career and research[edit]

Wing was on the faculty of the University of Southern California from 1982 to 1985 and then the faculty of Carnegie Mellon from 1985 to 2012. She served as the head of the Computer Science Department from 2004 to 2007 and from 2010 to 2012. In January 2013, she took a leave from Carnegie Mellon to work at Microsoft Research.

Wing has been a leading member of the formal methods community, especially in the area of Larch. She has led many research projects and has published widely.[17]

With Barbara Liskov, she developed the Liskov substitution principle, published in 1993.

She has also been a strong promoter of computational thinking, expressing the algorithmic problem-solving and abstraction techniques used by computer scientists and how they might be applied in other disciplines.[5]

She is a member of the editorial board of the following journals:


Wing was named a Fellow of the IEEE in 2003, "for contributions to methods for software systems".[18]


  1. ^ a b c Jeannette Wing at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "President Bollinger Names Microsoft Research Head Jeannette Wing to Lead Columbia's Data Science Institute". Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jeannette Wing". Retrieved July 6, 2014.
  4. ^ Clayton, Steve (November 20, 2012). "Dr. Jeannette Wing: New Vice President, Head of Microsoft Research International".
  5. ^ a b Wing, Jeanette M. (2006). "Computational thinking" (PDF). Communications of the ACM. 49 (3): 33–35. doi:10.1145/1118178.1118215. hdl:10818/29866. S2CID 1693513.
  6. ^ Wing, Jeannette M; Woodcock, Jim; Davies, Jim, eds. (1999). FM'99 – Formal Methods: World Congress on Formal Methods in the Development of Computing Systems Toulouse, France, September 20–24, 1999 Proceedings, Volume I. LNCS. Vol. 1708. Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/3-540-48119-2. ISBN 978-3-540-66587-8. S2CID 36821080.
  7. ^ Wing, Jeannette M; Woodcock, Jim; Davies, Jim, eds. (1999). FM'99 – Formal Methods: World Congress on Formal Methods in the Development of Computing Systems Toulouse, France, September 20–24, 1999 Proceedings, Volume II. LNCS. Vol. 1709. Springer-Verlag. doi:10.1007/3-540-48118-4. ISBN 978-3-540-66588-5. S2CID 2986421.
  8. ^ Martin, U.; Wing, J. M., eds. (1993). Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Larch. Workshops in Computing. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-540-19804-8.
  9. ^ Garland, S. J.; Jones, K. D.; Modet, A.; Wing, J. M. (1993). Guttag, J. V.; Horning, J. J. (eds.). Larch: Languages and Tools for Formal Specification. Springer-Verlag. CiteSeerX doi:10.1007/978-1-4612-2704-5. ISBN 978-1-4612-7636-4. S2CID 13066418.
  10. ^ Jeannette M. Wing at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ Jeannette Wing's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  12. ^ Jeannette Wing author profile page at the ACM Digital Library
  13. ^ Herlihy, M. P.; Wing, J. M. (1990). "Linearizability: A correctness condition for concurrent objects". ACM Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems. 12 (3): 463. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/78969.78972. S2CID 228785.
  14. ^ Clarke, E. M.; Wing, J. M. (1996). "Formal methods: State of the art and future directions". ACM Computing Surveys. 28 (4): 626. CiteSeerX doi:10.1145/242223.242257. S2CID 5534240.
  15. ^ "Jeannette Wing promoted to executive vice president for research - Columbia Spectator". Columbia Daily Spectator. Retrieved 2021-08-18.
  16. ^ McLaughlin, Kevin. "14 Tech Execs Who Could Probably Kick Your Butt In A Fight". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-04-09.
  17. ^ "Jeannette M. Wing".
  18. ^ "IEEE Fellows directory". IEEE. Retrieved 2021-07-24.

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