Google executive Sridhar Ramaswamy '95 PhD is the 2016 recipient of the Horace Mann Medal. The honor is bestowed annually to a Brown University Graduate School alumnus or alumna who has made significant contributions in his or her field. As Senior Vice President for Ads and Commerce at Google, Dr. Ramaswamy has helped to shape the global online advertising business, while helping create Google's multi-billion dollar advertising business and its original product, AdWords. He leads Google's advertising and commerce business, which encompasses search advertising, display and video advertising, Google Shopping, Android Pay and many more global platforms.
Dr. Ramaswamy has used innovative methods to make online advertising relevant for users and cost effective for marketers. His innovations include the creation of online auction models with highly precise ad-delivery, the development of a scientific framework and platform for understanding how website layouts and user interface components impact online monetization, and the establishment of ads quality systems.
Before going to Silicon Valley in 1999, he worked as Bell Labs, where his papers provided the first efficient algorithm for mining outliers in large data sets and is considered a pioneering contribution in the field.
Dr. Ramaswamy received the Ph.D. in Computer Science from Brown University in 1995. He remains connected to the University, serving in the inaugural cohort of the Computer Science Advisory Board and, in 2014, delivering the first talk in the department's IT Leaders Lecture Series.
Dean Peter M. Weber will present the Horace Mann Medal at the Graduate School Doctoral Ceremony on May 29, 2016.