risk management issues. Ware holds a bachelor of science in applied optics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab. From 2000 to 2007, he was a professor of sociology at Columbia University, and then, prior to joining Microsoft, a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group. He is a former external professor of the Santa Fe Institute and is currently a visiting fellow at Columbia University and at Nuffield College, Oxford. His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review. He is also the author of three books: Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks Between Order and Randomness (Princeton, 1999), Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (Norton, 2003), and, most recently, Everything Is Obvious (Once You Know the Answer) (Crown Business, 2011). He holds a BSc in physics from the Australian Defence Force Academy, from which he also received his officer’s commission in the Royal Australian Navy, and a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University.