Andrew Widdowson (CS '05)

Lieutenant Commander of Data,
SCS/ECE Engagement and Annual Giving

Chair, SCS Alumni Advisory Board

Lead Donor, WRCT Forever Fund

Staff Software Engineer, Site Reliability (Google)

Andrew Widdowson (CS '05)

I'm a longtime volunteer at Carnegie Mellon. As of 2016, I've taken a Staff position at the University as "Lieutenant Commander of Data" in order to help the Offices of the SCS Dean & ECE Dept. Head develop a data pipeline and visualization platform by which to improve alumni and corporate outreach. When I'm in Pittsburgh, you can find me in Gates 5005. When I'm in Silicon Valley, you can find me at CMU SV 19-1006.

In addition to being an alumnus of CMU, I am a proud alum of WRCT, the campus radio station. With countless others, we've put together an endowment known as the WRCT Forever Fund.

In my "day job" at Google (since 2007), I am on the elite team of engineers that maintain the performance and reliability of Google Search. I have experience in creating large anomaly detection systems that fight robots attacking the company. Since 2014 I've also spent time doing outreach and education within Google, training other engineers on how large scale production systems work. I wrote a chapter in the new O'Reilly book, "Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems."

photo of the Gates-Hillman Center by Cam Miller