Madeline Zechar

Brooklyn, NY 11213 · (917) 687-1556 ·

I'm a software engineer and Columbia University graduate. I pride myself on writing elegant code, tackling interesting problems and facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration. Let's work together!


Research Assistant

Programming Systems Laboratory, Columbia University

Currently building deep learning model on stackoverflow posts to identify the key issues developers encounter using major deep learning frameworks. The findings will inform and guide the lab’s work on building efficient deep learning systems.

Jan 2019 - Present

Software Engineer

Study of Visual Appearances Lab, Columbia University

Brought on to rehaul the Leafsnap iOS app. I modernized application architecture (est. 2010) to support current iOS. I also designed and implemented new web and iOS UI to ensure a consistent and intuitive user experience (official launch spring 2019)!

May 2017 - Dec 2018

Computer Science Instructor

Greater Girl Scouts of New York

Designed and facilitated javascript programming curriculum for underserved middle schools across NYC

Sep 2017 - May 2018

Backend Engineer Intern


Built reusable code and libraries in C and python to create and solve Linear Algebra, Calculus, Statistics, and Algebra II problem sets. These efforts resulted in 3,000% growth in site content in 6 weeks

June 2017 - Aug 2017


Barnard College, Columbia University

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science
Relevant Coursework: Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Programming Lang & Translators, Computer Science Theory, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics
Expected Graduation May 2019

GPA: 3.44


Programming Languages & Tools


Apart from being an engineer, I'm a language and linguistics enthusiast. My CS courseload kept me busy in college, so I was only able to (mostly) maintain my French. I have dreams of eventually learning Russian and visiting St. Petersburg.

When not studying, I keep up to date with Trader Joe's latest and greatest (their dried mango and seasonal pfeffernusse are my holy grails) and enjoy watching documentaries on endurance sports (Barkley Marathons is a favorite). I'm also quite tall so that is probably my most dominant personality trait.

Academic Awards

  • Con Edison Fellowship: competitive scholarship awarded to underrepresented women in science
  • Marion Patterson Ames ’37 Resident Scholar: exemplary scholarship by NY based student
  • Eleanor Keller Prize: distinguished scholarship in French culture
  • Rosemary Thomas Prize: special sensitivity and awareness in the study of French poetic literature