Marissa Mayer: 2015 The Computer Science 50th Anniversary - In Service to the World


April 28, 2015
Location: McCaw Hall, Arrillaga Alumni Center

Speaker: Marissa Mayer, President & CEO, Yahoo

Talk Title: Applied Computer Science Solutions in the Digital World


In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Stanford University Computer Science program, Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo and Stanford Alumna, will join Professor Mehran Sahami, in a fireside chat to discuss how computer science has ushered in an era of unprecedented digital, economic, and social growth. Long past are the days of theoretical applications. Computer science can improve people's lives by building products that solve real world problems. Through computer science, we can build our way to a new and better world.


Marissa Mayer is President & CEO of Yahoo. Since July 2012, Marissa has led Yahoo's focus on making the world's daily habits more inspiring and entertaining.

Prior to Yahoo, Marissa was at Google for 13 years and held numerous positions including engineer, designer, product manager, and executive. She played an instrumental role in Google Search, leading the product management effort for more than a decade during which the product grew to over a billion searches per day. Marissa led the development of some of Google's most successful services including image, book and product search, Google Maps, Street View, Google Local and Zagat, Google Toolbar and iGoogle, and she defined such pivotal products as Google News, Gmail and Chrome. She holds a dozen patents across the areas of artificial intelligence and interface design.

Marissa graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems and a M.S. in Computer Science. For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence. As she completed her graduate degree at Stanford, Marissa worked at various research laboratories including UBS in Zurich, Switzerland, and SRI International in Menlo Park, California. Also during her graduate work, Marissa taught computer programming to more than 3000 students, earning numerous distinctions such as the Centennial Teaching and Forsythe Awards for her contributions to undergraduate education. Marissa has also been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine, a recipient of the Whitney American Art Award, and the youngest woman to be named to Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

Marissa serves on the board of directors for Walmart and has since 2012. She is also active in her community and serves on the boards of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Ballet.