As a kid, Ross liked building electronic devices and model planes.Ross received an undergraduate degree in EE/CS at Carleton University in Ottawa, and went on to get a Ph.D. in aerospace robotics at Stanford University.
Ross was the co-founder of SpeedQuest (a product that made PC’s faster). He provided software consulting that developed flight simulation software for the hit game “Chuck Yeager’s Advanced Flight Trainer.” He was also co-founder and vice president at CriSys Limited, a provider of a fault-tolerant map-based 9-1-1 dispatch systems. Ross was the VP of Engineering at two dot-com era startups: On Your Mind, and Bluedog Inc.
Ross was Google’s first director of engineering. He is one of the inventors of Google’s CPC AdWords product, has automated and streamlined Google’s ad sales organization, helped with the design and build of Google’s breakthrough data center in The Dalles, Oregon, and is currently an engineer on Google’s RE<C effort.