Women in Engineering: Marissa Mayer

There are many spectacular women in the field of engineering, and in the first instalment of our series celebrating the achievements of women in the stereotypically male-dominated field, we will be focusing on one of the most powerful women in the technology world: Marissa Mayer.

Marissa Mayer is an American engineer, business leader and computer programmer, and since 2012 she has been the CEO of Yahoo! In 2014, she was ranked as the 16th most powerful woman in the world by Fortune Magazine, and was in America’s 40 Under 40 in the same publication.


Early Life

Mayer was born in Wisconsin on 30th May 1975 as the daughter of an engineer and an art teacher. She enjoyed a small-town childhood, where she was involved in many different activities.

Mayer had always aspired to be a doctor, however while at Stanford University she discovered her passion for computer science. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science, specialising in symbolic systems, and a MSc in Computer Science, specialising in artificial intelligence.

She then went on to undertake research internships at SRI International and at the UBS research laboratory in Zurich. Her hard work and success led to her receiving 14 job offers as soon as she had finished her postgraduate degree.


Professional Career

Mayer went on to work at Google, with her job offer coming directly from founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Mayer lead Google’s user interface and web server teams, and without a doubt contributed largely to the company’s success as their 20th employee and first female engineer.

During her time at Google, she worked on some of the companies most used web tools, including Google Maps, Street View and Gmail. She was also responsible for approving all of the Google ‘doodles’.

After more than a decade working for Google, she was appointed CEO of Yahoo! in July 2012, and has so far successfully turned the company around by changing course and slowly battling falling stock prices.

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