I don't want to sound too negative, since I do like getting e-mail,
but here are a few ground rules to keep you from wasting your time:
- Don't send me any suggestions or ideas for things Microsoft should do. I won't read them: I
don't want to be accused of stealing your ideas, by you or by other people,
and anyway Microsoft's lawyers would throw a fit if I did
read them, regardless of what sorts of assurances you give me.
- If you are looking for a job, you can apply
Please also e-mail me directly
if you work in an area related to mine and
apply for a job at Microsoft Research New England,
but there's no point in e-mailing me regarding jobs in other parts of
- I can't help with admission to MIT.
I can supervise graduate students in the
Department of Mathematics,
but the way that works is that you get admitted first and then find a thesis advisor, often
after having been here a year or more. I'm happy to talk with current or admitted
students, but talking with a potential advisor isn't necessary for admission and won't
boost your chances. (Feel free to send questions, as long as you aren't thinking it will
help you get admitted.)
- I won't solve your homework problems for you.
- I don't have the time to evaluate purported solutions to famous problems by authors
without a convincing track record. Here is some advice.
I may be busy, so I make no promises to reply quickly.
I'll try, though.