Microsoft’s corporate mission is to help every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. One of our academic motions is to explore ways in which Microsoft Azure can help transform the way courses are taught and what students are able to achieve through assignments. This motion is about faculty teaching and student learning, as distinct from research, which Microsoft supports in other ways. This program is being piloted at a handful of elite computer science universities, and we are looking for faculty and courses where a generous grants of Azure credits ($20K +) could transform a course or at least a major course assignment.
We are learning that the sweet spot for these grants are data science and machine learning assignments, and that these courses may be found across campus including computer science, life sciences, civil engineering, and business. In our visit, we will share details on how the grants were used at five elite universities last year, and hopefully begin the conversation with leaders and professors to identify opportunities at CMU.
Our team is also able to help train professors and TA’s in selecting appropriate Azure services and consulting on the setup.