Mary Lou Jepsen, an important executive at Google X, has now left the organization and joined Oculus, which is owned by Facebook, says a report from Re/Code citing sources familiar with the move. Jepsen worked with Google X for three years, and was responsible for running the Display Division there. Sometime in the month of March, she will join the virtual reality start-up acquired by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) last year.
Role at Facebook still a suspense
The specifics of Jepsen’s new role are not known for now, but the hire has been confirmed by a spokesperson at Facebook, says the report. The spokesperson said, “We continue to seek out the best and brightest from around the world to help push VR to the next level.” Jepsen won’t be reporting to Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, but to someone else whose identity is unknown for now, says the report.
At Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Jepsen used to specialize in digital displays, and this is something that will help her in virtual reality as both have the same logic. A look at the LinkedIn page of Jepsen informs that she was also responsible for managing two ‘moonshot’ programs at Google X. At Google, she reported to co-founder Sergey Brin.
Apart from working at the internet giant, Jepsen has also served as the CTO of a non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child of which she has also been a co-founder. The main objective of the organization was to help the third world children with low-cost laptops.
Jepsen successfully made her way to the ‘Time 100’ in 2008 because of her outstanding work. This meant that she held a position among the 100 most influential people on the planet. Also, Anita Borg Institute named her as one of the 50 greatest female computer scientists of all time. Jepsen is also responsible for co-creating the world’s first holographic video system in 1989 as informed by Time.
Going through her resume it is learned that she designed a new anti-glare illumination system for the space shuttle during the time she spent as a NASA fellow from 1992 to 1994.