Friday, April 22, 2011

Google Girl Marissa Mayer

Marissa Ann Mayer was born on 30 May 1975 at Wausau, Wisconsin in United States, North America.  She is Vice President of Location and Local Services at the search engine company Google. Here she acts as a gatekeeper for their product release process, determining when or whether a particular Google product is ready to be released to users. She has become one of the public faces of Google and she frequently speaks on behalf of the company.

After graduating from Wausau West High School in 1993, Mayer was one of two delegates from Wisconsin selected by the Governor of that state to attend the National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia.   She received her B.S. in Symbolic systems, graduating with honors and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University. She was the first female engineer hired at Google and one of their first 20 employees, joining the company in June 1999. Prior to joining Google, Mayer worked at the UBS research lab (Ubilab) in Zurich, Switzerland, and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California.  She has notable public involvement with Google Search and Gmail, and can be considered significantly responsible for the success of these UIs.  In 2009, the Illinois Institute of Technology granted Mayer a doctorate degree honoring her path finding work in the field of search.  For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence.

She thought to be a doctor at first but later moved over into computer science.  According to her women are very active in engineering fields and she also thought that the Internet becomes much more pervasive in the daily life of girls. She is still very challenged at Google.  She says “I think technology is positive, overall.”  So she wants to see the percentage of women entering computer science is growing.  

Marissa leads the company's product management efforts on search products – web search, images, news, books, products, maps, Google Earth, Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Health, Google Labs and more. She led the user interface and web server teams at first. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google's search interface, internationalizing the site to more than 100 languages, defining Google News, Gmail, and Orkut, and launching more than 100 features and products on In her additional time, she also organizes Google Movies – outings a few times a year to see the latest blockbusters.

Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford to more than 3,000 students. Stanford has recognized her with the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award for her outstanding contribution to undergraduate education.  Finally we find that she is a very successful lady in using technology at present age and each woman should take her as a role model.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for pointing this woman out, she is inspirational to women and is also a great role model. It is very wonderful that the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award her for outstanding contribution to undergraduate education at Stanford. She is pioneering in creating interfaces for Google and that is something that will be put in history book later in the future and she is right her in the bay area, technology is the way of the future for men and women.