by Kurt Schlosser on January 26, 2018 at 12:30 pmJanuary 26, 2018 at 9:43 am Geek of the Week profiles the characters of Pacific Northwest tech, science, games, innovation, and more. Be a Geek of the Week!

Fill out our questionnaire to be considered. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is famous for creating a culture of workaholics in the early days of the software giant.

He tracked the comings and goings of employees by memorizing people’s license plates, for instance. Jaime Teevan is an acclaimed principal researcher at the company, and in her latest role, she’s serving as technical advisor to the current CEO, Satya Nadella.

Since you’re possibly avoiding work while reading this, you should know Teevan — our latest Geek of the Week — is also an advocate for finding smarter ways to make the most of a worker’s time, and she believes in the positive impact that breaks and recovery have on productivity. Teevan led the productivity team at Microsoft Research AI and has published hundreds of award-winning research papers, technical articles, books, and patents, and given keynotes around the world.

Her research earned her the Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator, Borg Early Career, Karen Spärck Jones, and SIGIR Test of Time awards. She holds a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.S. Read more from…

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