Michael D. Schroeder

Updated 5 October 2014


Michael D. Schroeder was the co-founder and assistant director of the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Lab from its founding in August of 2001 until it was disbanded in September of 2014.

Previously, he has been on the faculty at MIT, at the Computer Science Laboratory at Xerox PARC, and at the Digital / Compaq Systems Research Center where he was Associate Director. He has worked on time-sharing, computer security, distributed email systems, remote procedure call, switch-based local area networks, large-scale naming systems, global cluster file systems, and web-based access to personal information. He was co-inventor of the Needham-Schroeder authentication protocol, and a designer / builder of the Multics time sharing system, the Grapevine distributed email system, the Cedar distributed file system, the Topaz distributed operating system, the Autonet and AN2 switch-based LANs, and the Pachyderm web-based email system.

He grew up in Eastern Washington and received his BS from Washington State University, and an MS, an EE, and a PhD in Computer Science from MIT. He holds a number of patents on switch-based LANs and web-based email systems. He is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and has been general chairman and program committee member for various SIGOPS Symposia on Operating Systems Principles. In 2006 he received the ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Innovations Award for technical contributions to the field of computer and communication security that have had lasting impact in furthering or understanding the theory and/or development of commercial systems. In 2007 he received the NIST/NSA National Computer Systems Security Award, presented for significant long-term contributions in the computer security field. In 2008 and again in 2010 he received the ACM SIGOPS Hall of Fame Award that recognizes the most influential operating systems papers in the peer-reviewed literature at least ten years old. He was program co-chair for the 2012 ACM A.M. Turing Centenary Celebration whose program included 33 Turing Award Winners.

Since the mid 1990s he has been involved in technical outreach activities exploring the impact of the web on the methodology of cultural history. He is the world's leading authority on the 19th Century American landscape artist Gilbert Munger and he authors the online catalog raisonne. (See http://gilbertmunger.org/)