Beneath the Surface – Engineering Innovation inside Microsoft’s Surface Book

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Beneath the Surface – Engineering Innovation inside Microsoft’s Surface Book
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Packard Building: Room 202
Ed Giaimo, General Manager of Surface Hardware Development, Microsoft
Abstract / Description: 

Microsoft delivered innovations to market when Surface Book was unveiled to the world in October 2015. The industry expected a laptop, but got much more; a fully functioning PC Clipboard that detached from a Base containing a GPU in a sleek industrial design. 18 months past product launch, Surface Book still leads the industry in Versatility, Performance, Weight, and Battery life.

This talk will reveal a few of the challenges that Microsoft’s engineers faced in designing Surface Book and how their training and persistence led to innovations that addressed those challenges. From this talk, you will discover technology areas that can benefit from further research.


Ed Giaimo is General Manager of Development within Microsoft’s Surface Team, having led the development of Surface Pro 1, 2, 3, and Surface Book. Prior to 2012, he led development of Xbox 360 Accessories, including the award winning Kinect Sensor. Over his career, Ed has managed the development of a variety of products including WiFi Networking, Radio System Controllers, and Software Analyzers. He is co-inventor on more than 30 patents and has Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in EECS from M.I.T.