Computer Science Profile Jeannette Wing





Jeannette Wing is currently the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Research, where she has oversight of its core research laboratories around the world and Microsoft Research Connections.


Wing was always interested in math and science. In high school, she learned how engineers blend math and science to solve real-world problems. That lead her to major in engineering as an undergrad at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But, thanks to a Structure and Interpretation of Computer Languages class her sophomore year, Wing decided to switch her major from electrical engineering to computer science.


After graduating from MIT, Wing taught at the University of Southern California (USC) before joining the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. While at CMU, Wing wrote a seminal paper about computational thinking and its importance in the world. In her paper, Wing outlined how computer science is really a way of tackling and solving problems in any domain.


Check out an interview she did with Microsoft Research highlighting her thoughts on computational thinking and the future of computing...



Wing thinks computational thinking is a “universally applicable attitude and skill set that everyone, not just computer scientists, should be eager to learn and use.” Or, as she puts it, “Computational thinking is the new literacy of the 21st century.” While at Carnegie Mellon, Wing founded and directed Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Computational Thinking, helping to establish the importance of computational thinking in fields as diverse as biology and journalism.






To learn more about computational thinking and its role in the classroom, check out our blog post, “What is Computational Thinking and Why Should You Care?”



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