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Yousef Khalidi

Yousef Khalidi




B.S., Computer Science, West Virginia University, 1984

M.S., Computer Science, Georgia Tech, 1985

Ph.D., Computer Science, Georgia Tech, 1989

Yousef Khalidi earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Science from West Virginia University where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his MS and PhD in Information and Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), with a minor in Performance Evaluation & Statistics.

Since 2003, Yousef Khalidi has been with Microsoft. He is a member of the team that conceived and built Microsoft Azure which is a global cloud computing system and is one of the biggest in the world. Yousef Khalidi is currently Corporate Vice President of Azure for Operators responsible for strategy, partnerships, and technology to bring the power of Azure cloud to the telecommunications industry. He drives engineering investments and strategic business planning including world-wide partnerships and deep integration with Microsoft services. He has served in several engineering, product management, operational, and architectural roles in Azure over the years.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Khalidi spent 14 years at Sun Microsystems where he was a Distinguished Engineer. At Sun, he held several R&D, architecture, and management positions in systems software, including CTO and Chief Architect of Solaris, Chief Architect of Sun's N1 utility computing platform, Chief Architect and Director of the Sun Cluster product line, and as a principal architect of the Solaris MC and the Spring advanced development projects. Early in his career he focused on operating systems and the boundary between the OS and hardware, including novel designs in memory management hardware and high-speed networking. Khalidi also served as a member of Sun’s Technical Advisory Council.

Khalidi is a member of Georgia Tech President’s Advisory Board, as well as QCRI’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He previously served on Georgia Tech College of Computing Advisory Board. He holds over 50 patents in distributed systems, networking, object-oriented system, and computer hardware.