Deborah Wallach

Deborah Wallach

Deborah Wallach is currently a Staff Engineer at Google, where she is part of the Google App Inventor for Android team, a project that allows people of all ages with no programming experience to create applications for Android phones.

Deborah joined Google in 2002, and was one of the original engineers on the Bigtable project, a distributed storage system for managing structured data that was designed to scale to a very large size: petabytes of data across thousands of commodity servers. Many projects at Google store data in Bigtable, including web indexing, Google Earth, and Google Finance.

Prior to Google, she was part of the Western Research Laboratory (WRL) of Digital Equipment Corporation, which is now part of Hewlett-Packard Labs. As a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at WRL, she was a key system software builder for the Itsy pocket computer, concentrating mainly on the operating system and reducing energy consumption.

She received an S.B., an S.M., and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her interests include rock climbing and eating adventurous food.


Mobile Platforms
Location: Portland 252
Deborah Wallach (Google), Eni Mustafaraj (Wellesley College), Dave Wolber (University of San Francisco), Ralph Morelli (Trinity College, Hartford, CT)
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App Inventor is a new visual programming environment developed by Google, free to the public. Since Fall 2009, several educational institutions have been using it to teach programming in introductory computer science courses. This presentation will share experiences from these courses, showcase examples of mobile apps created by students, and discuss the future of App Inventor use in education. Read more.