Amit Singhal, Head of Google Search Celebrates 15 Years at the Company


Google veteran, and head of the Core Ranking Team, Amit Singhal has recently celebrated 15 years at Google.  He made the announcement on both Twitter and Google+ yesterday, reminiscing on how Google has changed since he started.

In his announcement post, Amit Singhal described how much has changed at Google since he started on the 28th November 2000, and how despite all the changes the Google Mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” has remained the same.  Amit Singhal further goes on to say how he is proud knowing that his work “improves the lives of over a Billion people”.

Amit Singhal, also comments on how his friendships and colleagues at Google have kept him at Google over the last 15 years:

The people at Google are just amazing, and they are not just amazing in their respective areas, they are some of the most amazing human beings you will ever meet. I have made friends at Google that will last a lifetime, and that is the true wealth I’ve accumulated in my life.

About Amit Singhal

Amitabh Kumar “Amit” Singhal, was born in Uttar Pradesh, India, in 1968/9, spending most of his boyhood in the foothills of the Himalayas.  He studied at the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, qualifying with a degree in computer science in 1989.  In 1991, continuing his studies in the United States, he received an M.S degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Not stopping there, Amit continued studies and gained his Ph.D. from the Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  It was here he met Gerad Salton, a pioneer in the field of Information Retrieval, the forerunner of the principals of modern search.

In 1996, Amit spent a few years at AT&T Labs, where he continued research on information, speech retrieval and related fields.

In 2000, Amit joined Google and his team quickly got to work rewriting the search engine.  In 2001 as a reward for his rewrite, Amit was named a “Google Fellow”, and in 2011 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Associate for Computing Machinery.

Speaking in the University of Minnesota Newsletter back in 2007, Amit said:

UMD was the turning point in my life. Studying Information Retrieval with Don Crouch and then Don recommending that I move to Cornell to study with Gerard Salton is the main reason behind my success today. Don gave me the love for search, I have just followed my passion ever since.

Back in 2009, Amit in an interview with Businessweek was asked what attracted him to Google, given his academic background:

There was an open hunger for new ideas. Most of these people were relatively new to search at the time compared to me. The environment was and still is that no idea is a bad idea. All ideas are great ideas to try and experiment. You try hundreds of ideas, and not all of them will succeed.

Google has evolved over the years. But we have tried very hard to maintain the same culture of innovation in each group. Within each group, we have tried very hard to maintain the same hunger. Each group of 300-500 people works like a small company and moves very fast.

Sources: WikipediaUniversity of Minnesota Newsletter 2007, Interview with Amit (Businessweek)

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