Marc Andreessen & Eric J. Bina

1997 W. Wallace McDowell Joint Award Recipients

"For developing a multi-platform browsing tool for the World Wide Web"

Eric Bina and Marc Andressen

Marc Andreessen is a senior president of technology and co-founder of Netscape Communications Corporation in Mountain View, California.  Marc founded the company in April 1994 with Dr. James Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics, Inc., a Fortune 500 computer systems company.  Netscape Communications' goal is to provide open software to enable people and companies to exchange information and conduct commerce over the Internet and other global networks.

As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois, Marc created the NCSA Mosaic research prototype for the Internet with a team of students and staff at the university's National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).  Offering a friendly, point-and-click method for navigating the Internet and distributing it free to network users, NCSA Mosaic in just over one year gained an estimated two million user worldwide.  In his role at Netscape Communications, Marc sets and oversees the technical direction of the company as it creates advanced, commercial-caliber software for the Internet.  His technical team includes five of the six other core members of the NCSA Mosaic development team as well as top engineers from leading Silicon Valley companies.  In December 1994, Netscape Communications released its first open software products, Netscape server software including Netscape Commerce Servicer, the first secure server for the Web and Netscape Navigator client software.  Today, Netscape Navigator accounts for more than 75 percent of the browser usage on the Web, according to statistics from popular World Wide Web sites.

Mar was named in 1994 as one of the top 50 people under the age of 40 by Time Magazine, and named "Man of the Year" by MicroTimes Magazine.  He received the 1995 Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Leadership.

Marc earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of Illinois in 1993.

Eric J. Bina is currently a software engineer at Netscape Communications Corporation, in Mountain View, California, where he was one of the founding employees.  Netscape Communication's goal is to provide open software to enable people and companies to exchange information and conduct commerce over the internet and other global networks.

Before joining Netscape in 1994 he was a member of the technical staff at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, where he worked with Marc Andreessen on developing the original Mosaic, which became the first widely used browser for the World Wide Web.  Mosaic opened the Internet and the nascent WWW to academic, commercial, educational communities, and the general population.  In just over one year, NCSA Mosaic gained an estimated two million users worldwide.  Before NCSA, Eric was employed by Motorola, working on UNIX systems development.

Eric has received both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois in 1986 and 1988, respective.  Together with Marc Andreessen he received the ACM Software Systems Award in 1995 for their contributions to the development of the World Wide Web.