Brian McClendon

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Brian McClendon
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McClendon at Google Geo User Summit (July 2011)
Born 1964 (age 51–52)
Lawrence, Kansas
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Kansas
Occupation VP at Uber Technologies
Employer Uber Technologies
Spouse(s) Beth Ellyn McClendon

Brian McClendon (born 1964) is an American software designer, developer, and engineer. He was a co-founder and angel investor in Keyhole, Inc., a geospatial data visualization company that was purchased by Google in 2004[1][2] to produce Google Earth. Keyhole itself was spun off from another company called Intrinsic Graphics, of which McClendon was also a founder. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2015.

Early life and career[edit]

McClendon grew up in Lawrence, Kansas (his childhood home, Meadowbrook Apartments in Lawrence, is the default center point of Google Earth).[3] He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1982 and from the University of Kansas in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering. He spent eight years with Silicon Graphics developing high-end workstation 3D graphics including GT, GTX, RealityEngine, and InfiniteReality, and then was Engineering Director with @Home Network.

McClendon holds twelve issued patents,[4] including seven relating to KML,[5] the XML-based language schema for expressing geographic annotation and visualization in two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers. KML became an open standard for GIS data in 2008.[6]

McClendon was a Vice President at Google before joining Uber in June 2015 to work on mapping.[7] Although he lives in California, he maintains close ties with his alma mater, the University of Kansas, serving on advisory boards for both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He and his wife Beth Ellyn McClendon established the McClendon Engineering Scholarship at the university in 2007, donated computer tablets for electrical engineering and computer science students, and provided a Google Liquid Galaxy interactive display at the University's Eaton Hall. In 2013, he served as Grand Marshal of the University's homecoming parade.[8]


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