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The Google In Residence (GIR) program was founded by Google in 2013 with the mission to grow and support a more representative pipeline. The program embeds Google engineers at HBCUs and Hispanic Serving Institutions across the country to serve as visiting lecturers for the schools' introductory CS courses. GIR instructors bring an industry perspective to campus, and work with the community to develop a strong CS curriculum, to support students in their search, and to grow student engagement in technical fields. 

Google In Residence Scholar

Kim Merrill is a visiting instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Fisk University for the Fall 2018 semester. She comes to Fisk from Google in Seattle, Washington, where she works as a senior software engineer and technical lead on the Google Cloud Platform.

Origins

Kim grew up in New Jersey, and went on to graduate with a B.A. in Computer Science (CS) from Pomona College in Claremont, California. She entered college intending to major in English, but fell into an introductory CS class by chance and later declared a CS major in her second year. During her time in school, she interned with the Google Engineering Practicum program in New York, followed by an internship on the Xbox LIVE team at Microsoft.

Career

Kim moved to Seattle and started as a software engineer on the Google Cloud Platform in 2014, where she has worked on App Engine and most recently, the Knative project. She has served as the technical lead for the App Engine Admin API and the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) Serverless add-on teams. She has also been involved with Girls Who Code and the Google Computer Science Summer Institute.

Interests

In her free time, Kim enjoys dancing, hiking, reading, and skiing. She has been a dance fitness instructor for the past 4 years, handing off her weekly class just prior to moving to Nashville. Her favorite books include The Phantom TollboothJane Eyre, and the Mistborn trilogy.