He co-founded Keyhole, the startup that became Google Earth. As VP of Engineering, he built the teams behind Google Maps, Google Earth, Street View and Google Local Search. At Uber, he advanced mapping services to support self-driving cars.
He was inducted into The National Academy of Engineering and honored for his work by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the American Geographical Society, and the United Nations Environmental Programme.
Brian is the product of Kansas public education and, for over a decade, he has given STEM talks to schools and organizations across the state. He is an ardent supporter of education in Kansas and is now a research professor at his alma mater, KU.
He co-founded the nonprofit KSVotes.org which allows citizens of Kansas to complete voter registration or advance ballot requests in about 3 minutes from their mobile phones.
The Kansas Secretary of State maintains online publications and business registration systems. It is responsible for securing the personal information of voters in Kansas, and the 20+ states that participate in Crosscheck. Most importantly, it oversees the security of elections and election systems. The tools of this job are technical. The decisions are technical. Kansas needs a Secretary of State who is qualified for the job.