Don Harrison, Google's vice president of corporate development, hosted fellow alumni and American students interested in applying to the University of Toronto at an event in Sunnyvale, Calif., on Thursday, March 9.
In conversation with U of T President Meric Gertler, the U of T Faculty of Law graduate reflected on how his university experience set him up for a career at one of the world’s top-10 largest tech companies.
"Googliness" is a mix of passion, drive and creative thinking. According to Harrison, U of T and Canadian culture bring these traits out in its students.
“You also have to operate in a way that’s respectful, kind and builds consensus,” he said. “U of T does a great job of producing that.”
“I feel like, for a budding software engineer or computer scientist, U of T provides a good place to get training and background, and access to the best companies in the world."
Computer science alumna Zoya Bylinskii (HBSc 2012) was a panelist at a student recruitment event in Boston earlier in the week. She spent part of her undergraduate years developing an application allowing a computer to recognize objects by breaking it up into component parts, working under the supervision of Professor Sven Dickinson.
“It's using principles of perceptual organization, how people perceive the world, how they take parts and group things into a whole,” she explained. “It really goes to the depths of human object recognition and applies it to computational algorithms to make them smarter in a natural way.”
She is continuing her PhD studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“U of T's computer science program does open up a lot of opportunities,” she said.
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