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Nov. 13, 2009
Contact: Jill Hummels, School of Engineering, (785) 864-2934

Google vice president to speak Nov. 16 at KU

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LAWRENCE — Brian McClendon, vice president of engineering for Google and a University of Kansas alumnus, will return to his alma mater to give a lecture at noon, Monday, Nov. 16, at the Apollo Room in Nichols Hall.

McClendon, the co-creator of Google Earth, will discuss the software and hardware of cloud computing, including MapReduce and Global File System. Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet.

McClendon leads the engineering group for Google’s geo products, which include Google Maps, Earth, Local Search, SketchUp, Street View, Ocean, Mars and Moon. He joined Google in 2004 after the acquisition of Keyhole Corp., where he was head of engineering, a founder and a member of the board.

Before working at Keyhole, McClendon was a founder at Intrinsic Graphics and an engineering director at @Home Network. Previously, he spent eight years at Silicon Graphics developing high-end workstation 3D graphics subsystems like GT, GTX, RealityEngine and InfiniteReality. He holds two issued patents, including the one for KML, which is now an open standard for geographic information systems data.

McClendon earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from KU in 1986.


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