Joan Smith is a Senior Tech Lead in Site Reliability Engineering at Google, currently running structured storage reliability (focused on Bigtable, Spanner and several internal systems). Before that, she was the tech lead on a software effort to improve cloud capacity planning, and a Bigtable SRE.
In her personal time, she also works in bioinformatics; she has published several papers, primarily on focused on biomarkers that inform cancer survival.
At Twitter she worked on mobile platform development with Fabric (aquired by Google in 2017), on an agile team developing Beta, a tool for deploying mobile apps to beta testers. She's passionate about developer tooling, and worked on an open-source project to improve local development and test environments. Before Twitter, Joan worked on a Solaris kernel scalability team at Oracle/Sun Microsystems.
She graduated with a B.Sc. in physics from MIT. While a student her she focused on quantum computing and software engineering. She led the organizing committee for the Northeast Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics and won the 2011 Orloff Award for Service in the Physics department. She spent two of her three MIT summers working at Apple in Cupertino, and one for Accenture in Boston. In addition, she worked in Martin Rinards's lab at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Joe Formaggio's lab in the Laboratory for Nuclear Science, and Isaac Chuang's lab in the Research Electronics Lab.