Qi Lu (computer scientist)

Qi Lu

Qi Lu in 2009
Born (1961-09-03) September 3, 1961[1]
Shanghai, China
Alma mater Fudan University
(B.S., M.S.)
Carnegie Mellon University
Occupation Former Executive Vice President, Applications and Services Group at Microsoft
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Lu.

Lu Qi (simplified Chinese: 陆奇; traditional Chinese: 陸奇; pinyin: Lù Qí; born September 3, 1961),[1] more commonly known as Qi Lu in English (pronounced "chee loo"), is a Chinese software engineer and programmer and former Executive Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company's work on the Bing search engine, Skype, and Microsoft Office. Lu previously worked as technology developer and manager for Yahoo!'s technology search division.

Lu was born in Shanghai, he was sent to live with his grandparents in a remote village in Jiangsu Province by his parents during the Cultural Revolution. Lu studied at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. After attending a talk by Carnegie Mellon University professor Edmund M. Clarke, Lu was invited to apply for a PhD at Carnegie Mellon University. Clarke even offered to waive the $45 application fee that Lu says he could never have come up with. In 1996, Lu graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.[2]

Lu worked in one of IBM's research labs from 1996–98, then joined Yahoo! and eventually rose to manage 3,000 engineers and the development of search and search advertising technologies for the company. Lu's departure from Yahoo! in mid-2008 was long-planned, and he was contemplating opportunities in venture capital and even thinking of returning to China. However, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer personally recruited him to join the software giant. After joining Microsoft, Lu was instrumental in driving the partnership with Yahoo! in search and the launch of Bing.

Lu was involved in a bicycle accident in 2016 and has been on leave from Microsoft as of September 2016.


  1. 1 2 "Qi Lu birthday question on email". 2011.
  2. Burrows, Peter (May 28, 2009). "Is Qi Lu Microsoft's Search Engine Savior?". Bloomberg Businessweek.
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