Dr. Alfred Z. Spector, PhD

Former CTO and Head of Engineering at Two Sigma Investments

Alfred Spector’s career has led him from innovation in large scale, networked computing systems (at Stanford, CMU, and his company, Transarc) to broad research leadership: first globally leading IBM Software Research and then Google Research.

Most recently, he has been the CTO at Two Sigma Investments. In addition to his managerial commitments, Dr. Spector has lectured widely on the growing importance of computer science across all disciplines (CS+X) and on the Societal Implications of Data Science. He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he serves on its Council. Dr. Spector won the 2001 IEEE Kanai Award for Distributed Computing, was co-awarded the 2016 ACM Software Systems Award, and was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar during the 2018-9 academic year. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford and an AB in Applied Mathematics from Harvard.


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