Kevin Scott is an engineer living in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose, California with his wife Shannon and their two Puerto Rican rescue mutts, Vega and Nevada.
Presently, Kevin is VP of Engineering at admob where he is responsible for all of engineering and operations. At admob, Kevin has the privilege of leading a great team of engineers whose hard work and innovation are defining the mobile advertising and content discovery business.
Prior, Kevin was a Sr. Engineering Manager at Google leading engineering teams responsible for identifying the ads most relevant to each query on google.com and for identifying and eliminating those ads which could lead to poor user experience. Kevin also directed the team of engineers in Google’s Atlanta office who built and are continually improving the Google Web Toolkit.
Previously at Google, Kevin founded and headed the 25-person search engineering group in Google’s New York office. This group continues to be responsible for development of advanced search user interfaces and search relevance improvements on google.com. Among many other things, these teams are responsible for the results plus box and sitelinks. In the deep-dark past, Kevin worked on parts of Froogle, and a number of ad projects including ad conversion feedback and workflow automation.
Prior to Google, Kevin was a visiting researcher and instructor of computer science at the Institute for Informatics at the University of Goettingen in Germany. Kevin is an alumnus of the Programming Language Systems Group at Microsoft Research, of the applied mathematics group at SGI/Cray Research, and of the computational biology group at the NCSA.
Kevin is the recipient of a Google Founders Award for technical contributions to ads engineering and is a recipient of an Intel Graduate Fellowship. Kevin is the author of five refereed research papers and a large handful of pending patent applications. Kevin is an elected member-at-large on the ACM Council (7/06-7/10), a founding member of the ACM Professions Board, a member of the ACM Education Board, and a recipient of an ACM Recognition of Service award for co-organizing the 1999 ICFP programming contest.
Kevin holds an MS in computer science from Wake Forest University and a BS in computer science from Lynchburg College. Kevin has been on leave from the computer science Ph.D. program at the University of Virginia since joining Google in 2003. Kevin is also a very proud graduate of the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology.
Feel free to contact me by e-mail at kevin dot scott at gmail dot com.