February 22, 2019
The National Society of Black Physicists honors Dr. Marian Rogers Croak. Dr. Croak is credited as a developer of Voice over IP creating most of methods and features that both improved its reliability and ushered in its nearly universal adoption.
Marian Rogers Croak grew up in New York City. She attended Princeton University and completed her doctoral studies at the University of Southern California in 1982, specializing in social psychology and quantitative analysis.
In 2012 Croak wrote a letter to young women in technology in the Huffington Post. She was inducted into the Women in Technology Hall of Fame in 2013. She was elected as Vice Chair of ATIS, a technology development organization. She was named the 2014 Black Engineer of the Year award and FierceWireless Most Influential Women in Wireless. She was honored at Culture Shifting: A Weekend of Innovation in 2014.
In 2014 she left AT&T to join Google, where she serves as a Vice President for Engineering. She led Google's service expansion into emerging markets, including managing the team who developed the initial communications technology for Project Loon which uses balloons to extend coverage. She led the deployment of wifi across India's railway system, dealing with extreme weather and high population density. Most recently, she has assumed responsibility for reliability engineering for many of Google services. She serves on the board of directors of the Centre for Holocausts, Human Rights & Genocide Education. She is the mother of three adult children, two sons and a daughter.