“When you’re on the cutting edge of new technologies, it is important to understand how they will affect the lives of people around the world. WashU is a place where people with broad ranges of interests come together for global impact.” - Emily Yang, Microsoft, Class of 2010

Jim McKelvey, Jr.

Co-Founder, Square Inc. Jim McKelvey is an engineer, artist and entrepreneur. As an undergraduate engineer at Washington University in St. Louis, McKelvey authored two computer programming textbooks. Upon graduation he took a job with IBM and a side position as a teaching assistant in glassblowing. In 1990, he co-founded Mira Digital Publishing, which is today a leader in electronic publishing for scientific conferences. In 2000, he co-founded Third Degree Glass Factory, which has grown into one of the most successful education centers in the world. He also wrote the No. 1 textbook for beginning glass studies.

In 2009, McKelvey co-founded Square, one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the U.S., which enables anyone to take credit card payments anywhere using a mobile device. McKelvey now sits on the board of directors of Square.

Anna Patterson

Vice President of Engineering, Google, Inc.

In Patterson’s search for a better way for people to interact with the Internet, her work has revolutionized Internet search engines. In 1987, after receiving bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, she went on to earn her PhD in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Patterson then moved to Stanford University to work as a research scientist before joining the corporate sector.

In 2004, Patterson joined Google after designing, writing and eventually selling Recall — the largest search engine in existence at the time, with 12 billion pages. She was the architect of Google’s largest search index, TeraGoogle, consisting of 30 billion pages. At Google, she was the technical lead of one of the two Web ranking groups, in charge of GoogleBase and the manager for the core piece of Google’s ad-matching technology.

Richard Souvenir

Associate Professor, College of Computing and Informatics,
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Professor Souvenir’s research involves the application of machine learning techniques to computer vision problems. Specifically, he focus on manifold learning (as it applies to images and videos), biomedical image analysis and human activity understanding.

He has made contributions in computer vision and machine learning and has served in leadership roles in the research community, including chairing the AAAI Fall 2009 Symposium on Manifold Learning and Its Applications.