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Ben Smith

Google Fellow and Technical Advisor to the CEO


Ben initially joined Google as a summer intern in July 1999 as a PhD student from UC Santa Barbara. He interviewed for the internship with one of his professors, Urs Hoelzle, who later became an SVP at the company. At the end of his internship, Ben decided to leave his graduate program and stay at Google to continue his work on their premier product — Search.


For two years, Ben led the App & Product Infrastructure (API) team and worked on Search’s overall serving infrastructure as well as systems designed to answer any user query, accurately and fast. He also led the effort to unify all authentication and account security features at Google. He strove to create and provide a more seamless and secure experience using innovative authentication technology across various mobile platforms aimed at keeping users safe online. Ben also led the Developer Product Group as part of the API team and they aim to provide first- and third-party developers with the best possible tools.

Ben is currently a Google Fellow and serves as a technical advisor for the Office of the CEO.

Ben holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Westmont College.