Google Comes!Published: Saturday, 20 October 2007
On Friday 19th October, Google came to the School of Computer Science to give two talks: Google Tech Talk and Google Women's Talk.Google Women's Talk was given by Google engineer Sylvie Dieckmann.
On Friday 19th October, Google came to the School of Computer Science to give two talks: Google Tech Talk and Google Women's Talk.
Google Women's Talk was given by Google engineer Sylvie Dieckmann. She gave an introduction on how she's leveraged her education in Computer Science to build a career in industry. Sylvie holds a CS Diploma from the Technical University in Braunschweig, Germany. In 1995 she moved to the US to start a PhD program at the CS Department of the University of California, Santa Barbara. At the height of the internet bubble she left campus for industry and, after a small detour, joined Google in 2001 as a Software Engineer. Aside from several years in the Mountain View HQ she also worked on engineering projects in Google's Munich and Krakow Offices. Her projects include among others contributions to Web Search for Mobile, Google Checkout, Google Search Appliance and an internal bug tracking system. Using herself as an example, Sylvie encouraged more women to choose Computer Science and to pursue careers in this field.
Google Tech talk came after the Women's talk. During the talk, an engineer presented the technical chanllenges Google faces, such as query correction, user classification, speech I/O. He also described how Google address these chanllenges by applying the very basic computer science theories into engineering. The talk suggests that as an engineer, it is foundamental to have solid computer science background, including both theories and programming experiences.
Both talks suggested that Google is keen on MSc and PhD graduates because they like the way they were trained to think and work. Google likes to see that every engineer and project manager really enjoy their work. The work environment was described as friendly with flexible working hours as long as you meet the project's objectives. Google, as was explained by Sylvie, tries to make its employee an environment in which they feel comfortable in order to be more productive. It was also mentioned in the Tech talk that Google was ranked number 1 "Best Company to Work For" in US by Fortune last year. Both talks mentioned that the Googlers have the chance to work on something they like for the 20% of their time, which can include open source projects, teaching, collaborations and any project they are interested to.