Google Designer and Alumnus to Speak

Google Designer and Alumnus to Speak
Prakash Chandran

Prakash Chandran, a Google, Inc. employee who has helped design innovative applications such as Google Calendar, Gmail and Picasa web album, will be the first guest of the Executive Speaker Series, hosted by the College of Business Administration (CBA) Alumni Chapter.

The presentation, “Put the User First and the Rest Will Follow,” will be held Feb. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Kellogg West Conference Center. Tickets are $15 for students, $30 for Alumni Association members and $40 for the general public.

Considered the world's largest search engine, Google is synonymous with searching the Internet. Since its inception in 1998, the Mountain View-based company also provides an array of applications that allow people post pictures online and read books. Recently, the company has also entered the cell phone market.

As a user experience designer, Chandran's job is to ensure that Google applications are easy to use and reflect the online behavior of millions of Internet users. Chandran is a Cal Poly Pomona alumnus, '04 Technology and Operations Management.

The purpose of the Executive Speaker Series is to create opportunities for CBA alumni to meet with current students and industry leaders in an enjoyable and educational environment. The chapter has more than 300 members who attend social functions, participate in Cal Poly Pomona student recruiting events and offer networking opportunities.

The Executive Speaker Series continues May 13 when Khaja Ahmed of Microsoft comes to campus to speak about “The Trusted Net.”