Vani Mandava is a Principal Program Manager with Microsoft Research at Redmond with over a decade of experience designing and shipping software projects and features that are in use by millions of users across the world. Her role in the Microsoft Research Outreach team is to lead the Data Science for Research effort, to enable academic researchers and institutions develop technologies that fuel data-intensive scientific research using advanced techniques in data management, data mining, especially leveraging Microsoft Cloud platform through the Azure for Research program. She leads Microsoft Research Academic Outreach North America efforts at University of California, Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has enabled the adoption of data mining best practices in various v1 products across Microsoft client, server and services in MS-Office, Sharepoint and Online Services (Bing Ads) organizations. She co-authored a book ‘Developing Solutions with Infopath’.