Alfred Z. Spector
Two Sigma Investments
Computer and information scientist; Company executive and research administrator (information technology); Educator
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Alfred Z. Spector is Chief Technology Officer and Head of Engineering at Two Sigma Investments, overseeing diverse technical teams in New York, Houston, and London. He is charged with assisting Two Sigma in using the most advanced computing technologies and data-driven strategies in its approach to investing. Previously, Dr. Spector was Vice President of Research and Special Initiatives at Google. In his 7+ years there, Dr. Spector was responsible for research at Google and also Google’s open source, university relations, internationalization, and various education and philanthropic initiatives. Prior to Google, Dr. Spector was vice president of strategy and technology (CTO) at IBM’s Software Business, and prior to that, he was vice president of services and software research across IBM. He was also founder and CEO of Transarc Corporation, a pioneer in distributed transaction processing and wide area file systems, and was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University, specializing in highly reliable, highly scalable distributed computing. Beginning in 2004, Dr. Spector has been a leading proponent of "CS+X" - a shorthand for the need to infuse computer science into the study and practice of most disciplines. Dr. Spector received his Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford and a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Harvard. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the IEEE, and the ACM. Dr. Spector is also the recipient of the 2001 IEEE Computer Society’s Tsutomu Kanai Award for work in scalable architectures and distributed systems. Married and a father of three children, Dr. Spector is a persistent runner.