2011 Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Dan Peterson is a Product Manager on Google+ with a passion for developer platforms and open source projects. Dan was a member of the Google Wave team, where he grew the developer community and promoted the federation protocol. Prior to that, Dan helped establish the OpenSocial specification, Apache Shindig, co-founded the OpenSocial Foundation, and guided the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) team as it became an open source project. Dan began at Google on the core infrastructure team, contributing to web search and data center management. Dan earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as minors in Technology & Management and Philosophy. Dan is also active on the Department of Computer Science’s Executive Advisory Council and an occasional angel investor.