Google Information Session

Categories: Career

Search has become one of the most important and commonplace activities on the Internet. Underneath the hood, providing high-quality search results in a fraction of a second provides a variety of challenging Computer Science problems. Such challenges include building and managing highly scalable distributed systems, developing algorithms for effective information retrieval, making use of large quantities of data for machine learning and trend detection, and designing user interfaces to provide information to users on a variety of computing devices. In this talk, we’ll consider a sampling of challenges tackled at Google over the past few years, including work in scalable systems infrastructure, algorithmic developments for search, and innovative applications that been built using Google’s computing platform. We’ll also talk a bit about how much fun we have doing all this!

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**Please visit to view our complete list of job opportunities and learn more about Google, our work, and our culture. On-campus interviews will be held on October 10, 2006. To be considered for full time positions at Google, please apply online and include your resume and unofficial copies of your transcripts by Thursday, September 28, 2006.**

Meet the Google Team!

Peter Andes, Software Engineer
Peter graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from UBC in 2006. While at UBC he was an active student leader. He founded the UBC .NET User Group, worked as the Microsoft Student Ambassador, and was an active executive on the Computer Science Student Society. Peter focused his undergraduate work on theoretical computer science, algorithms, and systems development. Before coming to work at Google Peter was a TA at UBC and also interned on the Microsoft Windows Kernel Team. Here at Google he enjoys his days working on the Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer. Peter is also working towards his M.S. at Stanford part-time.

Dave Marwood, Software Engineer and Tech Talk Speaker
Dave joined Google in 2004 as part of a growing video team, working on many aspects of large-scale video capture, processing, and streaming. Prior to Google, Dave worked on video content distribution to set-top boxes in a retail setting and on interactive video conferencing on the Internet. Dave received his MSc at the University of British Columbia in 1998.

Gurmeet Singh Manku, Software Engineer
Gurmeet joined Google in August 2004 as part of the Infrastructure team. He has worked primarily on devising new compression techniques for massive amounts of data managed by Google. Gurmeet has degrees from Stanford University ( Ph.D.), UC Berkeley (M.S.) and IIT Delhi (B.S.). Gurmeet also worked full-time at IBM Research, devising efficient one-pass algorithms for data streams.

Kelly Poon, Software Engineer
Kelly graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Mathematics, and from the University of Calgary with a Master of Science in Computer Science with a specialization in Computer Graphics. During university, she participated in the ACM programming contest as both a contestant and coach. She joined Google in June 2005, and since then has been working as an engineer on the AdSense backend team.

April Yu, Staffing Programs Manager
April joined Google in August 2005 and works in the Seattle R&D office in Kirkland, WA. She manages relationships with U of Washington, U of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and U of Alberta and also works on staffing programs for the Seattle engineering and sales offices. Prior to Google, April spent a year at Dell, Inc managing university and diversity Programs for Dell’s Product and WW Procurement Groups and five years at Microsoft working on various staffing programs. She also worked at Visio Corporation on the Corporate Sales Marketing Team. April received her BA in Business at the University of Washington.

Peng Zhao, Software Engineer
Peng graduated from UBC in August 2004 with a Master of Science in Computer Science. During his two years at UBC, he TA’ed CS414 Computer Graphics and represented UBC to attend ACM ICPC contest twice ( He became a Googler in December 2005 in the Seattle R&D office, and has been working in the Google Pack team.


Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 17:30 to 18:30


Forest Sciences 1005 NOT Dempster 110 and NOT Dempster 310 as previously stated!