2008 recipient of the J.W. Graham Medal
BMath '90, Computer Science
Eric Veach joined Google in 2000 and is a distinguished engineer. He led the design and development of Google's advertising system (AdWords and AdSense), and invented many of the product features that have made the system so successful. Since then he has led projects in a variety of other areas at Google, including the large-scale machine learning system that targets Google's advertisements and the route planning system that generates driving directions for Google Maps.
Prior to Google, Eric developed computer graphics software for Pixar Animation Studios (with credits in three movies). He has a BMath from the University of Waterloo (Alumni Gold Medal, 1990) and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He lives and works in the Seattle area.