Shilad is an Applied Scientist in Microsoft's Office of Applied Research and a Professor of Computer Science at Macalester College.
In his industry life, Shilad is a human-centered algorithmic expert who develops AI systems that have supported new and emerging problems for companies like Blockbuster, Google, Target, and Microsoft.
In his scholarly life, Shilad's work exploring the digital footprints of biases and inequities along dimensions such as race, gender, and geography has received major awards and been featured in venues like The Atlantic.
In his teaching life (his favorite of these!), Shilad loves learning alongside undergraduate students whose future selves tackle the toughest technology problems facing society.
... and in his semi-secret musical life, Shilad is a saxophonist who is active in the Twin Cities jazz scene and a devoted disciple of the legendary John Coltrane.