Ben Gomes is a Google Fellow where he leads the company's engineering efforts on search features. Ben has been working with Google since 1999 mostly on search quality and has worked in the development of nearly all aspects of the Google search service ranging from crawling and indexing to ranking and new feature design. More recently, he has been responsible for the engineering of the interface for search and search features. Prior to Google, Bens earned his PhD in computer science from UC Berkeley. Ben was born in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania.