Name: Noah Presler
Hometown: Niskayuna, NY
Major(s): B.S. in Computer Science with minors in: Entrepreneurship and Management, Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Current Job: Associate Product Manager at Google Inc.
Current Location: Silicon Valley
Internships/Pre-Professional Experiences at JHU: Co-founder/Co-creator of Semester.ly
Associate Product Management Intern at Google
Software Engineering Intern at Google
Software Engineering Intern at Aereo, a Boston technology startup
Software Engineering Intern at SocialToaster, a Baltimore and Hopkins alum founded startup
Clubs/Sports/Groups at JHU: Hopkins Student Enterprises, Sigma Phi Epsilon, American Marketing Association, JHU Magic Club, Ralph S. O’Connor Fund
Favorite JHU Memory: During my freshman year, I had the opportunity to work with an incredible team of students to start a student-run protein shake and smoothie stand in the Ralph S. O’Connor Recreation Center. My favorite memory is serving President Ronald J. Daniels his favorite flavored smoothie: strawberry-banana and subsequently unveiling the name: “The Prezzy D.”
What about being a Hopkins student do you miss the most?
I’ll miss the safe and supportive environment. It’s a unique place where all you need is an idea to chase. Whatever it is you want to pursue, resources, mentorship, and an amazing network of Hopkins students/alumni are always easy to find and there to help.
Knowing what you know now, what would you want to tell your pre-college self?
Take at least one class each year that doesn’t satisfy any of your requirements. They will end up being among your favorite–exploring is worth it!
How do you feel Hopkins prepared you for where you are now?
Hopkins provided me with more than just an education. It provided me with four years of hands-on experience. Four years of real world projects, problem solving, and teamwork. A Johns Hopkins University education does more than emulate the industry, it is at the very center of it.
How did going to school in Baltimore affect your college experience?
Baltimore is a flourishing city at the center of so many industries: education, medicine and technology. It’s also an awesome food hub. As a student, access to some of the greatest minds solving some of the biggest problems (and cooking up some of the best food) in the world was invaluable.
Who was your favorite professor/what was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class at Hopkins was Computer Science Innovation & Entrepreneurship. You’d be hard set to find a more multi-disciplinary, hands-on, career building course. With both a business professor and a computer science professor, we learned how to generate and vet ideas. We pitched those ideas to successful entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts during class time. We learned, iterated, and eventually built the technology behind our business concepts.