Alfred Spector
VP of Research and Special Initiatives

Alfred joined Google in November of 2007 and is responsible for the research across Google and also a growing collection of special initiatives – typically projects with high strategic value to the company, but somewhat outside the mainstream of current products.  They include Google's health, open source, and university initiatives.

Previously, Alfred was Vice President of Strategy and Technology IBM's Software Business, and prior to that, he was Vice President of Services and Software Research across IBM. He was also founder and CEO of Transarc Corporation, a pioneer in distributed transaction processing and wide area file systems, and was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in highly reliable, highly scalable distributed computing.

Alfred received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford and his A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard.

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Brad Chen
Technical Lead/Manager

J. Bradley Chen manages the Native Client project at Google, where he has also worked on cluster performance analysis projects. Prior to joining Google, he was Director of the Performance Tools Lab in Intel's Software Products Division. Chen served on the faculty of Harvard University from 1994-1998, conducting research in operating systems, computer architecture and distributed system, and teaching a variety of related graduate and undergraduate courses. He has published widely on the subjects of systems performance and computer architecture. Dr. Chen has bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Jacquelline Fuller
Director, Advocacy Clean Energy and

Jacquelline Fuller joined Google in April 2007 and oversees policy and communications for and Google’s clean energy initiatives.  Jacquelline previously served as Deputy Director of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was a member of the senior management team guiding efforts to influence public policy on behalf of Gates Foundation issues and grantees.  In 2004-2005, Jacquelline and her family moved to Delhi, India where she helped to launch a $300 million HIV prevention initiative known as Avahan.  She led government, corporate, media and board relations and advocacy efforts at the international, country and state level, and led a $20 million grant portfolio.  Prior experience also includes serving as speechwriter and aide to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan.  Jacquelline ghostwrote the inspirational autobiography, “Never Forget” by Kay Coles James.  Jacquelline received her BA in political science and from UCLA and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She serves on the Board of the Harvey Fellows and International Justice Mission.  She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and currently resides in Orinda, California.

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Jeff Walz
Head of University Relations

Jeff Walz manages Google’s research awards program and visiting faculty program. Prior to Google, Jeff was Director of Corporate Relations at Carnegie Mellon University responsible for development, managing and sustaining a holistic relationship management process with key corporate partners. Before CMU, Jeff was at Intel Corporation where he held a number of positions most recently as Technical Assistant to the Vice President and Director of Research. Prior to his position at Intel Research, Jeff was a manager in Intel’s Academic Relations Group where he co-directed Intel’s Technology for Education Program which supported highly interdisciplinary educational and research projects at leading research universities in the US. Before joining Intel, Jeff worked for the US Navy as a systems software engineer on the Navstar Global Positioning system. Walz holds a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Norwich University and a masters of science degree in technology management from Oregon Graduate Institute. He is a member of the ACM and the IEEE.

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Hal Abelson
Abstractor of the Quintessence

Harold (Hal) Abelson is Class of 1922 Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT and a Fellow of the IEEE. He holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from MIT. In 1992, Abelson was designated as one of MIT's six inaugural MacVicar Faculty Fellows, in recognition of his significant and sustained contributions to teaching and undergraduate education. Abelson was recipient in 1992 of the Bose Award (MIT's School of Engineering teaching award), and winner of the 1995 Taylor L. Booth Education Award given by IEEE Computer Society, cited for his continued contributions to the pedagogy and teaching of introductory computer science. He is co-chair of the MIT Council on Educational Technology, which oversees MIT's strategic educational technology activities and investments. In this capacity, he played key roles in fostering MIT institutional educational technology initiatives such MIT OpenCourseWare and DSpace.

Abelson is a leader in the worldwide movement towards openness and democratization of culture and intellectual resources. He is a founding director of Creative Commons, Public Knowledge, and the Free Software Foundation, and a director of the Center for Democracy and Technology — organizations that are devoted to strengthening the global intellectual commons.

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Obadiah Greenberg
Strategic Partner Manager, YouTube

As part of YouTube's strategic partnerships team, Obadiah is dedicated to helping higher-education partners effectively use online video for teaching, learning, and community engagement.

From 2000-2006 he led UC Berkeley's initiatives to automatically capture and deliver online hundreds of full courses and events as online video openly to students, educators, alumni, and self-learners around the world.

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Dan Clancy
Engineering Director

Dr. Daniel J. Clancy, PhD, is the Engineering Director for Google Book Search.  The goal of the Google Book Search project is to digitize the world's books and make them searchable online.  Google is working with both publishers and libraries as part of this project. Prior to coming to Google in January 2005, Dr. Clancy was the Director of the Exploration Technologies Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center. The Directorate supports over 700 people performing both basic and applied research in a diverse range of technology areas intended to enable both robotic and human exploration missions.  Technology areas include Intelligent Systems, High-end Computing, Human-Centered Systems, Bio/Nanotechnology, Entry Systems and others.  In this role, Dr. Clancy played numerous roles at the agency level including participating in the team that developed the agency's plan to return men to the Moon and eventually Mars.

Dr. Clancy received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in artificial intelligence. While in school, Dr. Clancy also worked at Trilogy Corporation, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Xerox Webster Research center. Dr. Clancy received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1985 in computer science and theatre.

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Franz Och
Research Scientist

Franz Josef Och joined Google in 2004 as a research scientist, where he leads the machine translation group. He has been working on statistical machine translation since 1997.

Franz worked as a Research Scientist at the Information Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California from 2002 to 2004. His main research interests are statistical machine translation, natural language processing and machine learning. He has co-authored more than fifty scientific papers and has written several open-source software packages related to statistical natural language processing.

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Bill Weihl
Green Energy Czar

Bill Weihl is Green Energy Czar at Google, where he leads efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and also manages the company's greenhouse-gas footprint. He spearheaded Google’s drive to become carbon neutral, helped found the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, and helped create the R<C initiative to develop renewable energy cheaper than coal. He has extensive business and technical experience in high-tech, including ten years as a professor of Computer Science at MIT, five years as a research scientist at Digital's Systems Research Center, and five years as Chief Architect and then CTO of Akamai Technologies.

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Mike Cohen
Research Scientist

Mike Cohen joined Google in 2004 to initiate and now lead the company's speech technology efforts. Prior to joining Google, Mike was at Nuance Communications for ten years, which he co-founded to develop over-the-telephone spoken language applications. While at Nuance he coauthored the book "Voice User Interface Design" (Addison-Wesley, 2004). Earlier, Mike spent more than ten years at SRI, where he was principal investigator on a series of DARPA projects which included research in acoustic modeling, pronunciation modeling, and the development of spoken language understanding systems.

Mike has a PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley, and received a lifetime achievement award at the 2004 SpeechTek conference.

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Jay Ponte
Research Scientist

Jay M. Ponte received a B.S. with honors in computer science from Northeastern University in 1993 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1996 and 1998, respectively under the direction of W. Bruce Croft. Prior to joining Google he worked for GTE Laboratories and the MITRE Corporation where he continued to work on probabilistic approaches to natural language processing and information retrieval. As of 2002, when not writing about himself in the third person, he works for Google in the area of statistical language translation and large scale data mining of parallel text.

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Hal Varian
Chief Economist

Hal R. Varian is the Chief Economist at Google. He started in May 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy. He also holds academic appointments at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management. He received his SB degree from MIT in 1969 and his MA in mathematics and Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1973. He has also taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world. Dr. Varian is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was Co-Editor of the American Economic Review from 1987-1990 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu, Finland and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. Professor Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is the author of two major economics textbooks which have been translated into 22 languages. He is the co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007.

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Natalie Glance
Tech Lead Manager

Natalie S. Glance is a Member of the Technical Staff at Google. A physicist by training, her research interests have landed her somewhere in the intersection of social networks, information extraction and discovering global behavior from local actions. In the past few years, she has focused on automatic means for discovering trends in the weblog community and for analyzing social networks in social media. She is now working on Google Product Search reviews and the shopping experience. Previous to Google, Natalie has held research scientist appointments at BuzzMetrics (formerly, Intelliseek) from 2002-2007, WhizBang! Labs (2000-2002) and Xerox Research Centre Europe (1994-2000).

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Amy Luers
Environment Program Manager

Amy Luers is the environment program manager for, where her work focuses on supporting ICT for environmental monitoring and climate risk management. Prior to joining Google.Org, Amy managed the Climate Program for the Union of Concerned Scientists California’s office and was on the scientific steering committee for the CA Climate Action Team from 2005-2007. In addition, she spent 10 years working on water resources management in Latin America and California. Amy is co-founder and former executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life), a small NGO dedicated to supporting rural water supply in Latin America. Her research and publications have focused on issues of vulnerability and adaptive capacity to global environmental changes and on climate policy. Amy holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, both from Stanford University, and a M.S. and B.S. in environmental resources engineering from Humboldt State University.

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Chris DiBona
Open Source Programs Manager

Chris DiBona is the open source programs manager at Mountain View, Ca. based Google where his team oversees license compliance and supports the open source developer community through programs such as the Google Summer of Code and through the release of open source software projects and patches.

Mr. DiBona is an internationally known advocate of open source software and related methodologies. He occasionally appears on the This Week in Tech and Cranky Geeks podcasts. He is a visiting scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a masters in software engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Additionally, he serves on the advisory board of imeem, a San Francisco, Ca. based social networking firm.

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Maryam Kamvar Garrett

Research Scientist

Maryam Kamvar is a senior research scientist at Google. She has been working in the mobile space at Google since 2004, when Google's only mobile offering was a wimpy WML search interface. She has published several papers on mobile search trends, tracking how usage patterns evolve as users and devices become more sophisticated. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Columbia in 2008. She currently resides in Boston, MA and works out of Google's Cambridge office.

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Ed Lu
Member of Technical Staff

Edward Lu serves as a Program Manager in Advanced Projects at Google and leads a team of engineers working to develop an energy information software tool that will enable consumers to make informed choices about their energy use as they browse the web, read email, or use a mobile phone. Prior to his position with Google, Ed served as a NASA astronaut for twelve years. He manned two Space Shuttle missions, a Russian Soyuz mission, and spent a six-month tour on-board the International Space Station. Ed is an electrical engineer with a PhD in applied physics, with a specialty in theoretical astrophysics.

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Alon Halevy
Member of Tech Staff

Alon Halevy heads the Structured Data Management Research group at Google. Prior to that, he was a professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1999, Dr. Halevy co-founded Nimble Technology, one of the first companies in the Enterprise Information Integration space, and in 2004, Dr. Halevy founded Transformic Inc., a company  that created search engines for the deep web, and  was acquired by Google. Dr Halevy is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, received the the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2000, and was a Sloan Fellow (1999-2000).  He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1993.

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Daniel Russell
Uber Tech Lead

Daniel Russell is a research scientist at Google where he works in the area of search quality, with a focus on understanding what makes Google users happy in their use of web search.

From 2000 until mid-2005, Dan was a senior research scientist in the User Sciences and Experience Research (USER) lab at IBM’s Almaden Research Center (San José, CA).  The lab’s main interests are in the areas of designing the complete user experience of computation, especially in the domains of highly sensed / attentive environments, formalizing the characteristics of human behaviors for input mechanisms, and creating new ways of emplacing computation into the work space.  As an individual contributor, Dan is best known for his recent work on the large, interactive IBM BlueBoard system for simple collaboration, and for his studies of sensemaking behavior of people dealing with understanding large amounts of information.

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Jeff Dean
Google Fellow

Jeff joined Google in 1999 and is currently a Google Fellow working in the Systems Infrastructure Group. Jeff has designed and implemented large portions of the company's advertising, crawling, indexing and query serving systems, along with various pieces of the distributed computing infrastructure that sits underneath most of Google's products. At various times, Jeff has also worked on improving search quality, statistical machine translation, and various internal software development tools, and he has had significant involvement in the engineering hiring process. Prior to joining Google, Jeff was at DEC/Compaq's Western Research Laboratory, where he worked on profiling tools, microprocessor architecture, and information retrieval. Earlier, he worked at the World Health Organization's Global Programme on AIDS, developing software for statistical modeling and forecasting of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Jeff is an author of more than 20 publications and a co-inventor on more than 25 patents. He earned a B.S. in computer science and economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Minnesota and received a Ph.D. and a M.S. in computer science from the University of Washington, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2009.

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David Conway
Product Manager

David Conway has been a product manager for Android for over two years and currently is currently responsible for building a successful Android Market ecosystem. He has spent over 15 years working for technology companies including Apple, Yahoo and several startups.  He has undergraduate degrees from Stanford in Economics and Symbolic Systems as well as an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Corrie Conrad
Senior Associate, Global Public Health

Corrie Conrad joined in March 2007 and is the project lead for Flu Trends, a product that provides near real-time estimates of flu activity based on aggregated search queries. For the Predict and Prevent Initiative she manages a grant portfolio of $4 million focused on digital detection efforts--using online signals for earlier detection of disease outbreaks. Prior to joining Corrie was a Program Officer with the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative in Rwanda where she and her husband bonded over multiple bouts of malaria as newlyweds. She's also worked with a variety of non-profits to support international education in Zimbabwe, India, and Rwanda, including a stint as Director of Students for Students International. Corrie was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a Master's in Public Affairs with a focus on International Development from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She lives in San Francisco, California.

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Gaetano Borriello
Visiting Scientist

Gaetano Borriello, Professor, has a BS in EE from the Polytechnic Institute of New York (1979), an MS in EE from Stanford University (1981), and a PhD in CS from the Unversity of California at Berkeley (1988). He was a member of the research staff at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center from 1980-87. He joined the Department in 1988.

Gaetano Borriello is known primarily for his work in automatic synthesis of digital circuits, reconfigurable hardware, and embedded systems development tools. Recently, Borriello was PI for the Portolano Expedition, a DARPA-sponsored investigation on invisible computing. He was on partial leave from 2001 to 2003 to found and direct the Intel Research Seattle laboratory which is engaged in ubiquitous computing research.

The focus of Borriello's research interests are in location-based systems, sensor-based inferencing, and tagging objects with passive and active tags. Borriello has served as program chair of numerous conferences and workshops. His most recent community activities include being program chair for the 4th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp02), serving on the editorial board of IEEE Pervasive Computing magazine, and contributing to a study, called "Embedded, Everywhere", commissioned by the Computer Science Technology Board of the National Research Council on Networked Systems of Embedded Computers.

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France Lamy
Program Manager, Global Public Health

France Lamy is a Project Manager of She is an agricultural engineering by training and earns a Ph.D. from Oregon State University in GIS-based multiple criteria decision making approaches applied to holistic watershed management. Her professional interests lie in multidisciplinary projects that help stakeholders develop capacities and tools to generate, access, organize, and analyze a wide range of information and alternative strategies leading to well-informed, systematic and consistent decision-making. At Google she is a member of the Crisis Response team which goal is to develop, maintain, and optimize rapid-deployment protocol to enhance emergency preparedness and response. To avoid duplication of efforts, leverage existing resources, and develop effective synergies, her team is actively engaged with the international disaster and humanitarian community. Through the course of her career, she professionally contributed to projects in the Americas; the Caribbean; Europe and Africa with the United Nations; International Research Centers; NGOs; and the private sector.

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Lars Rasmussen
Mgr, SWE

Lars Rasmussen is a member of Google’s technical staff, based in the Sydney office, and with his brother Jens is co-founder of the Google Wave effort. In early 2003, the brothers co-founded a mapping start-up, Where 2 Technologies, which was acquired by Google in October of 2004. Lars joined Google and worked as one of the lead engineers in the team that turned this acquisition into Google Maps, now used by millions of people around the world. Lars holds a Ph.D. in theoretical computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. He has possibly the world’s least developed sense of direction, and consistently types faster than he can spell.

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Alan Eustace
SVP, Engineering and Research

Alan Eustace is one of Google's senior vice presidents of engineering. He joined Google in the summer of 2002. Prior to Google, Alan spent 15 years at Digital/Compaq/HP's Western Research Laboratory where he worked on a variety of chip design and architecture projects, including the MicroTitan Floating Point unit, BIPS – the fastest microprocessor of its era. Alan also worked with Amitabh Srivastava on ATOM, a binary code instrumentation system that forms the basis for a wide variety of program analysis and computer architecture analysis tools. These tools had a profound influence on the design of the EV5, EV6 and EV7 chip designs. Alan was promoted to director of the Western Research Laboratory in 1999. WRL had active projects in pocket computing, chip multi-processors, power and energy management, internet performance, and frequency and voltage scaling.

In addition to directing Google's engineering efforts, Alan is actively involved in a number of Google's community-related activities such as The Second Harvest Food Bank and the Anita Borg Scholarship Fund.

Alan is an author of 9 publications and holds 10 patents. He earned a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Central Florida.

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