PITTSBURG — From the Google Maps which people travel by and the Uber which people travel in, Brian McClendon was the man who helped bring it all.

He will present a lecture to the Pittsburg State University campus and community at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Overman Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

McClendon is the co-founder of the startup which became Google Earth, Google Maps, Street View, Ground Truth and developer of the efficiency program for matching drivers with riders in the Uber application, all of which “revolutionized both mapping and the application of satellite and aerial imagery,” according to a release.  

The innovator is also running for office in the Kansas Secretary of State for 2018.

McClendon — who is now a Kansas University research professor — will share his experiences and expertise with PSU’s Engineering Technology program. He will focus on technology, digital mapping, entrepreneurship, innovation and the value of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) learning in today’s world.   
“We’re excited to have someone with Brian’s technical and business experience on our campus,” Chair of PSU’s Engineering Technology Department Greg Murray said in a release. “Entrepreneurship can be a scary topic for some people because it can seem almost overwhelming.

“Hearing directly from an entrepreneur who’s been a part of one of the largest companies in the world helps ease your fears. We’re excited to have him speak with our students.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.