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Coding the Future

Written by Melissa Dellacato
5/7/2015

Marc Howard '11 outside Google's New York City headquarters. Photo by Adam Baker

Marc Howard ’11 wants people all over the world to have access to digital resources. 

“You can imagine that without access to information, there are a lot of things that suddenly become a lot more challenging,” he says. “Things as mundane as recipes to methods of better treating water.”

Howard graduated from Ithaca with a bachelor’s in computer science and went on to earn his master’s degree at Columbia University. His philosophy that information should be more accessible has taken Howard all the way to Google, where he is a software engineer on the company's idea team. He takes pride in knowing he can write code that has a positive impact on people’s lives. And he enjoys being part of a team of creative, forward-thinking coders. 

“I think one of the biggest things that I got out of Ithaca was a great sense of collaboration,” he said. “Every class without fail had some form of collaboration that encouraged you to look at a team dynamic and get comfortable with a team dynamic. In a workplace there is no individual grading; it’s all about what can your team accomplish.”



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