James Whittaker, a former Florida Tech faculty member who is currently Microsoft Distinguished Engineer, presented a lecture to Florida Tech leadership and staff, students, faculty, alumni and the general public April 8 at the Crown Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront.
Whittaker offered, “Rise of the Machines – How, When and What to Expect from an AI Future.”
Whittaker’s career spans academia, start-ups and top tech companies and starts in 1986, when he became the first computer science graduate hired by the FBI. He then worked as a freelance developer, most notably for IBM, Ericsson, SAP, Cisco and Microsoft, specializing in test automation. He later joined the faculty at Florida Tech, and in 2002 his security work was spun off by the university into a startup which was later acquired by Raytheon.
His first stint at Microsoft was in Trustworthy Computing and Visual Studio. He then joined Google as an engineering director and led teams working on Chrome, Maps and Google+. In 2012 James rejoined Microsoft.
PHOTO: James Whittaker, left, chats with Florida Tech President Dwayne McCay, center, and College of Engineering and Science Dean Marco Carvalho.