Andrew Maier

Technology Director

4th Year Student
Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ
Majors: Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations

Previous THON™ Involvement

THON 2022 Technology Captain: System Administrator
THON 2023 Technology Captain: Lead System Administrator

Why did you want to become a director for the largest student-run philanthropy in the world?

As well-known author and activist Maya Angelou once said, “people may not remember the things that you’ve said or done, but they will remember how you made them feel”. This quote best summarizes why I take pride in being a THON Volunteer. My primary goal and motivation is to inspire an unwavering hope within the hearts of those within the THON Community, especially the families that we support. As a member of the Executive Committee, I knew that I could contribute even more towards this goal by leading THON to new heights and advancing our mission to conquer childhood cancer.

What are your main responsibilities as a Director for THON 2024?

As the Technology Director, I am responsible for ensuring that all of THON's websites run smoothly and meet the needs of the THON community. Alongside the rest of the Technology committee, I work to help other THON volunteers maximize their efforts by delivering new features that help them be more efficient, stay organized, collaborate, and spread THON's mission.

What is your favorite THON memory?

During my first year as a Captain, I had the joy of being on the floor of the BJC during family hour. It was an incredibly emotional experience, especially hearing the McKenzie Schneider Family share their journey with childhood cancer.

As a director, what are you most looking forward to for THON 2024?

I am most excited for the Kids Talent Show at THON Weekend this year. I love supporting our families as they showcase their talents in front of the entire THON Community, and I am sure that we will see some amazing performers again this year!

If you could give your high school self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Keep trying new things, because that will help you find what you love.

What are you involved in outside of being a THON ?

I'm also actively involved with Alliance Christian Fellowship, which is a church on campus!

What are your plans after graduation from Penn State?

I hope to work in the cyber security field and use the skills that I've gained in my studies to solve some hard problems.

Who is your role model? Why?

My dad is my role model. He always is thinking about how his actions impact the people around him. He is dependable and reliable and works to make sure that his goals are executed to the fullest extent. He also is the most even-tempered person I've ever met, but also has a great sense of humor.

What Disney character do you identify with the most? Why?

I certainly aspire to be like Dug from Up. He looks for the positives in every situation and is a very loyal friend. He can be silly at times too which makes for a great laugh.

What is one thing you think everyone should try at least once?

I think that everyone should try to bake a cake at least once. I think that a cake tastes better when its one that you've made. Also, it is so fun to build it layer by layer and design a delicious masterpiece.