May 19, 2015

Innovator of the Month: Jen Fitzpatrick

A black and white headshot of Jen Fitzpatrick from Google Capital
Jen Fitzpatrick.  Image from Google Capital.
By Megan G.

Who is Jen Fitzpatrick?

“Passionate about bringing the real world and the online world closer together,” Jen Fitzpatrick is currently the Vice President of Engineering and Product Management at Google Inc.  
Jen first started working for Google in 1999 as a part of the company’s first-ever summer internship program.  Her internship at what she had called a “crazy little startup” would be her first real work experience and the beginning of 11 years working for Google, developing some of the company’s most important products.

Fun Facts about Google’s VP of Engineering and Product Management

According to a Life at Google interview, accomplished engineer Jen took her first computer science class “almost by accident” while attending Stanford University.

Jen earned her bachelor’s degree from Stanford in symbolic systems, an academic area that combines ideas from cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction. 

Jen initially worked under Marissa Mayer, who was the first female engineer at Google.  Mayer has since moved on and became the CEO of Yahoo!, which left room for Jen to take over her responsibilities.

Why Jen Fitzpatrick will go into the Google engineer history books

Jen has quite the résumé since that crazy little startup turned into a hugely successful internet company!  

Her primary Google projects include local search and Google My Business (originally dubbed Google Places).  On top of those credentials, Jen has led software development teams for products like Google AdWords, Google News, and Product Search.  This busy lady also co-founded Google’s user experience team.

Her most recent conquest?  Jen is now in charge of the Tek Team’s favorite topic:  Google Maps.  She replaced Brian McClendon in the fall of 2014 and will hopefully go on to create better and more engaging user experiences on Maps and more.  

Who do you want to learn about next?  Leave the Tek Team a comment below with questions and suggestions! 

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