Steven Altshuler
Architect
Microsoft Corporation
Redmond, WA

B.S.  Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania
M.S.  Mathematics, University of California, San Diego
Ph.D.  Mathematics, University of California, San Diego 

Architect, working in the research division, and managing a group of
mathematicians and statisticians.


"Mathematics at the undergraduate level is all that's required at
Microsoft to make great changes in the world." 
Altshuler:
"So
actually Mathematics at the undergraduate level is all that's required I
think at Microsoft to make great changes in the world. For example, I've
worked in the Cryptography group for a short time and some of the most
fundamental algorithms that Cryptographers use are nothing more than you
might learn from Hershstein's book in an undergraduate course in Algebra.
I've worked on compression technology, that's stuff that an undergraduate
with a second year degree in Advanced Calculus or with some knowledge of
transference could make an advance in. Our current work is work on
analyzing Web Log data and we use nothing more often than just
undergraduate statistics and probability."
Altshuler: "What
I do for fun outside the office includes taking care of my children. I do
some climbing, there's a climbing wall right next to campus. Skiing is
very close to campus. I like to ride my bike, there's a great jogging and
biking trail that goes right into Seattle, it's about forty miles long and
I guess I like to do a lot of Mathematics at night. I still consider Math
a hobby so it's a lot of fun for me to just pick up a book and read it and
I know that must sound terribly nerdy of me."
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