On any given day, tens of billions of data events flow through LiveRamp’s systems en route to one of its hundreds of partner platforms. LiveRamp’s foundation in making connections and its enthusiastic support for the growth of Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) provided the backdrop for an event that offered an exciting glimpse of the future of the school and its students.
Last week, LiveRamp hosted 120 Harvard graduates and community members at a Harvard Alumni Association event. Jeremy Lizt, Harvard SEAS graduate and current CTO of LiveRamp, introduced Frank Doyle, the Dean of SEAS. What provides the foundation for the friendship between a 380-year-old academic institution and a 9-year-old tech start-up? Ten Harvard alums are current members of the LiveRamp team, and many more have worked at the company over the years. So when Dean Doyle described the impact, innovation, and growth of SEAS, it was a familiar topic to LiveRamp.
SEAS is an innovative and fast-growing engineering school within an established liberal arts university — an interesting offering for students. Dean Doyle highlighted the value that offering provides and the diverse collaborations that SEAS pursues. He cited multiple examples of innovation and outreach in the future: more classes to engage undergraduate humanities concentrators, new degree programs offered by a combination of advanced degree schools, and increased resources for incubator space at SEAS.
When LiveRamp CTO Jeremy Lizt graduated, SEAS concentrators made up a single digit percent of the student body. Ten years later, when LiveRamp’s President and GM Travis May graduated, that number was closer to ten percent. Finally, when Lane Erickson, LiveRamp engineering’s most recent Harvard hire, graduated in 2015, almost twenty percent of the student body were SEAS graduates. That means 300 future CTO’s in the class of 2015!