Alfred Spector is Vice President of Research and Special Initiatives at Google. Spector joined Google in 2007 and is responsible for research across Google and also a growing collection of special initiatives, such as open source, university relations and more. Recently Dr. Spector has assumed the executive engineering leadership for google.org, an effort that uses Google's strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges. Dr. Spector speaks widely on research and innovation, and spends much time helping Google connect to the university research community.
Previously, Dr. Spector was vice president of strategy and technology IBM’s Software Business, and prior to that, he was vice president of services and software research across IBM. He was also founder and CEO of Transarc Corporation, a pioneer in distributed transaction processing and wide area file systems, and was an associate professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in highly reliable, highly scalable distributed computing.
Dr. Spector received his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the IEEE and the ACM. Dr. Spector is also the recipient of the 2001 IEEE Computer Society’s Tsutomu Kanai Award for work in scalable architectures and distributed systems.