Dan Herlihy

Technology Director

Year: Senior
Hometown: Wallingford, CT
Major: Computer Science

Previous THON Involvement

THON 2017 - R&R CM
THON 2018 - TECH Captain - Dash Developer
THON 2019 - TECH Captain - THINK Project Manager

Why did you want to be a Director?

From my first week at Penn State, I wanted to be on the Technology Committee. I saw it as the place where my talents would be most useful. Over the past two years, I've been fortunate enough to experience my work being used to make other people's lives better. I wanted to help others see their work used in such a way. I wanted to be a Director so that I could help THON run smoothly for this year and leave it in a better place for those that come after me.

What are your main duties as the Technology Director for THON 2020?

My job as the Technology Director is to oversee TECH's five development teams: Dash, Special Projects, Systems, THINK, and User Experience. Together, they manage and develop all of the sites that THON's volunteers and supporters use throughout the year. My main responsibilities are non-technical; I am there to provide oversight and guidance to the efforts of TECH's teams and help them accomplish their goals in any way I can.

What is your favorite THON memory?

For THON 2018, we replaced the PASS System with Dash. It was a huge undertaking and my co-captains and I had worked hard all year to get it done. THON Weekend 2018 was completely surreal to see our efforts come to fruition and improve the experiences of the people who attended. Knowing that I helped to make THON better for so many people is one of my favorite memories.

Are you involved in any orgs? If yes, please explain more about some of your experiences.

I've been involved with Springfield for the past four years. For THON 2018, I also served as their Communications Chair which handles their merchandise, PR, and general administrative tasks. I've met some of my best friends through Springfield and everyone in the org is just incredible. I've also been extremely fortunate to form relationships with Springfield's four families. Getting to know the kids and their parents over the past three years have given me great perspective on just how much THON impacts the lives of those we help.

Favorite Quote

"A ship in harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are built for." -John A. Shedd

Other involvement outside of THON

I do part-time work as a threat assessment consultant for the company Security Risk Advisors.

Plans for after college graduation

I will be working with Security Risk Advisors in Philadelphia full time as a consultant.