Lou is a very well-known and respected authority in operating systems and related technology areas. He along with Dave Cutler and a core team of architects was responsible for much of the architecture and implementation of the first version of Windows NT. This work has carried forth to this day even after numerous releases of Windows. Highly respected at Microsoft and outside, Lou was promoted to a Distinguished Engineer in 2000.
Lou started his professional career after getting a double major in Computer Science and Mathematics from Virgina Tech (class of ’73). From 1975-1988, Lou was in Digital Equipment Corporation where he worked on operating system design and at the NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center where he did engineering design support on satellite telemetry and data. Lou joined Microsoft in 1988 as part of the core team of architects and developers from Digital to take on the giant task of developing Windows NT. At Microsoft, Lou architected and built many foundational components of Windows NT kernel and led the Core/OS team during the first five releases of Windows NT. During Windows 2000, Lou, as General Manager of the Core OS group was leading 400+ engineers, program managers, testers and the performance group. After his promotion to Distinguished Engineer in 2000, Lou moved to new responsibilities that included consulting on architectures for embedded systems and web clusters. While at Microsoft, Lou hired, mentored, and led many smart people that are now in top technical and management positions at Microsoft and other Fortune 500 companies
Since leaving Microsoft, Lou has advised several startups dealing with various technology areas, products and services. He also built a sophisticated home automation system using various technologies and products to control every aspect of his home.
Lou is currently consulting on several Windows based projects including Windows 7, Windows 7 Phone and the upcoming Windows 8 release, as well as on Cloud computing. When not working or toying around with technologies, Lou likes to travel, do nature photography, and spend time with old colleagues.