About Dane

Dane Hillard is a software engineer and web developer interested in education, biotechnology, and open source.

Dane has a B.S.E. in computer engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Michigan. As a software engineer, Dane has worked on intelligence research and development at SAIC (now Leidos) and personalized cancer genomics at Compendia Bioscience (now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific). As a principal engineer at ITHAKA, his focus is mainly on web development in Python, Django, and front-end technologies to enable academic research.

Dane grew up in Michigan and currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Portrait of Dane Hillard

I'm writing another book!

I'm writing Publishing Python Packages for Manning Books. Visit the site to learn more and sign up for updates.

Book cover for Publishing Python Packages by Dane Hillard


I like to make things. Some of the projects below were for school or work, but I chose to make them because they were fun and challenging. Go build something!

  • The colored orb logo for Pharos, JSTOR's design system

    Pharos is JSTOR's design system. It contains our design decisions, a component library, a Storybook playground, and more.

  • pixelize project screenshot

    pixelize is a tool to make glitch art from source images.

  • Screenshot of apiron GitHub page

    apiron is a Python library for building RESTful API clients. We built this at ITHAKA to speed up development and interact with our internal services more consistently.

  • Screenshot of the Mondrian collection on CodePen

    A collection of Mondrian works recreated in CSS Grid

  • Guitar

    Our 2007 senior design project at the University of Michigan to build a pitch-shifting device for electric guitars. For contemporary work in this area see Guitar Pitch Shifter or Alan Pagliere's work on lap steel guitar tunings.