Dr Boyd Multerer

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF ENGINEERING

Boyd Multerer

Boyd Multerer is a software developer who played a key role in the foundations of Xbox Live and the development of the operating systems for Microsoft’s globally successful home gaming consoles, Xbox One and Xbox360. He has been hailed by Microsoft as Xbox’s ‘father of invention’.

Boyd began coding at the age of 12 and went on to study mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, where he saw the potential of incorporating computers into engineering. During his studies he built a dynamics simulator, which won first place at the Engineering Expo and was licensed to multiple universities.

He founded Zephyr Design in 1990, a desktop publishing start-up, which worked closely with Aldus PageMaker.

He joined Microsoft in 1997 to work on web servers and then founded the development team that would go on to create Xbox Live in 2000, the gaming and entertainment system launched in 2002.

In 2004, Boyd founded XNA, which allowed independent designers to develop games for the Xbox 360 console. It had broad impact on the industry. One of XNA’s goals was to make computer science more fun for students, enabling them to write code and run it on their own Xbox. Boyd then became the leader of the Xbox 360 operating system team, and went on to design the core architecture of the Xbox One.

Boyd and his team won a Technical Emmy and a Microsoft Technical Achievement Award for Xbox Live. He won Billboard Innovator of the Year for XNA.

In 2012 he was named as one of Game Developer Magazine’s Power 50, a list of people in the games industry who have stood out for outstanding contributions to the industry.

After almost 20 years at Microsoft, Boyd left in December 2014 and is now working on an as yet unannounced project exploring parallel computer models, software security, user interface systems and more.

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