Computer Science

“Add More Lift Than Drag”

Colloquium Seminar: Dr. Jamie Fox

Title: “Add More Lift Than Drag”

Host: Vladimir Filkov

When: Thursday, March 8th at 3:10pm

Where: 1131 Kemper Hall


Drawing on 40+ years experience in software development, Dr. Fox will present his perspective on managing software developers, workplace engagement, and employment trajectories in corporate settings, with an emphasis on value creation and career longevity.

The fundamental economic consideration regarding the intertwining of workforce, workflow, and work product is the theme of this talk, in particular to convey to those unfamiliar, the nature and idiocies of corporate environments in general and software projects in particular.

The talk has three main themes:

1. life as an organizational minion  and corporate vassal
2. perspectives from an engineering director of who gets rewarded when for what
3. notions to consider for surviving a lifelong career in software development


Dr. Jamie Fox’s career focuses on managing the creation of software. Most recently, he was Director of Software Engineering at Google, and a co-founder of Niantic Labs — the “unit” that created Ingress, the technical forerunner of Pokemon Go. Earlier, Jamie managed Google Maps, Local Ads, and Search Appliance functions. Jamie hold two patents related to Ingre s s and had various others that have since expired .

Before Google, Jamie managed worldwide IT research infrastructure at HP Labs (Hewlett Packard, then). He was a product manager for Calendars at AOL, and technical manager at Netscape Communications and Apple Computer before that. Prior to moving to Silicon Valley he founded two startups in the TV/Radio industry, and had the joyride of seven years as a touring professional musician.

Jamie has taught and developed curricula at the graduate schools of Michigan State University and Carnegie Mellon University (West). He holds a B.S. in Management Science with a minor in economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a masters in Communication also from RPI. He earned his PhD at Michigan State University in communication with particular emphasis on organizational behavior and system science

1131 Kemper Hall

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