Marco Papa

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Senior Lecturer of Computer Science


  • 1988, Doctoral Degree, Computer Science, University of Southern California
  • 1983, Master's Degree, Computer Science, University of Southern California
  • 1977, Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of Bologna


I was the Chief Technologist and the SharePoint Project Manager at the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, the largest court system in the world. I am the principal of Intersect World LLC, a mobile development company. Intersect World develops mobile software for the iOS and Android platforms.

I was formerly the Director of Technology at Xceed, an Internet professional services company. We built websites for companies such as CBS, Hilton, and Universal Studios. I performed in a similar capacity as Vice President of Technology at US Interactive, Inc.

Prior to that, I was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at CareerBuilder, a leading internet employment advertising engine and CTO at Luckman Interactive, Inc., a developer of Internet tools and services.

I have spend over 30 years in the IT / Internet business. I am the co-author of Anonymous Cookie, a cookie-blocking program, which was a finalist in the Discover Magazine Award for Technological Innovation in 1998.

I am a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the LA CTO Forum, a national organization of Chief Technology Officers, and a vibrant, private network with more than 250 members.

I hold a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California. My Ph.D. thesis, back in 1988, was in Computer Graphics. Over the years, I've been a UNIX developer, then a Microsoft Windows developer, a System Architect, then VP/Director of Technology, and then CTO.

I am on the full-time Faculty of the University of Southern California, as Senior Lecturer of Computer Science in the Viterbi School of Engineering, where I have been teaching courses on Web Technologies and Principles of Programming Languages in the Computer Science graduate and undergraduate programs.

I live in the South Bay with my wife and my cats, Franco and Luca. I used to spend my spare time biking on the beach; now I just ride my new Tesla Model S P90D and spend way too much time on the Internet.

I have lived in the LA area for over 40 years, but my roots are in Bologna, Italy, where I spent the first 27 years of my life, and where I graduated with Summa Cum Laude in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bologna, the oldest University in the world (founded in 1088).

  • Computer Science

  • PHE 516
  • Charles Lee Powell Hall
  • 3737 Watt Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 781

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-1873


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