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Microsoft executive to speak at UNL

jbrehm2, September 10, 2009 | View original publication

Microsoft executive to speak at UNL

An international Microsoft executive will present a public talk Monday (Sept. 14) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Srini Koppolu, corporate vice president and managing director of Microsoft India Development Center in Hyderabad will discuss “Microsoft in India – The R&D Journey” at 11 a.m. in the Kauffman Center Great Hall on City Campus. Attendees should enter through the south doors. The Kauffman Center is home to UNL's Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management.

Koppolu joined Microsoft in 1989 and has been involved in many of the company's major initiatives. He played a key leadership role in developing Office 95 and Office 97.
Early in his career at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Wash., he developed Component Object Model technology that became the key foundation for component-based software development. He then joined the Microsoft Office research and development group and was a founding member of the Office development team that is responsible for all common features of Office applications.

In 1998, Koppolu returned to India to establish the Microsoft India Development Center. Today, the center has more than 1,500 employees and is one of the company's largest product development centers outside the U.S. Over the last 11 years, the center has grown from a startup with 20 employees to become a major player in Microsoft's strategy of global shared development.

Koppolu has been instrumental in driving the incubation of technologies and emerging market initiatives at the center and building its reputation. Under his leadership, the center has increased its research and development investments to successfully tap into India’s talent and market opportunities. The center has engineered several products, features and technologies that impact millions of Microsoft customers across the world.

Koppolu is helping define Microsoft’s global development strategy, partnering with leaders of the company's China and Israel development centers and many Microsoft senior executives.

He earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from Andhra University and his master's degree in computer science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.