Google Vice President of Engineering and KU alumnus Brian McClendon will discuss software and hardware of cloud computing including MapReduce and Global File System (GFS) at noon, Monday, Nov. 16, in the Apollo Room of Nichols Hall at the University of Kansas. McClendon is co-creator of Google Earth. The features of Google Earth are possible because of the scalable nature of its server infrastructure.
Brian leads the engineering group for Google's geo products, which include Google Maps, Earth, Local Search, SketchUp, Street View, Ocean, Mars and Moon. Brian joined Google in 2004 via the acquisition of Keyhole Corporation where he was head of engineering, a founder, and a member of the board.
Prior to Keyhole, Brian 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 GIS data.
Brian earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1986 from the University of Kansas.