SARATOGA SPRINGS — A young Google software engineer from Saratoga Springs was found dead inside the tech giant’s Manhattan headquarters on Friday.
The New York Post reported that a janitor found 22-year-old Scott Krulcik unconscious at his work terminal on the sixth floor of the building on Eighth Avenue near West 16th Street at around 9 p.m.
EMS workers performed CPR, but Krulcik was pronounced dead at the scene. His body did not show any signs of trauma, and there did not appear to be criminality involved, police sources told the Post. The city Medical Examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.
Krulcik, who lived in the West Village part of Manhattan, did not have a history of medical conditions or substance abuse problems, police sources told the paper.
Google confirmed it was notified of the death Friday evening. “We don’t have anything more to share at this time as we are still gathering more information and want to remain respectful of the family during this difficult time,” the company said in a statement.
After graduating from Saratoga Springs High School, Krulcik attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and studied computer science. He graduated in May and was hired by Google, where he had done internships.
One of his computer science professors at Carnegie Mellon, in a blog eulogy on Sunday, called Krulcik “almost comically wholesome,” and said he had great potential.
“With Scott’s passing, the world has lost someone with enormous potential for using their capabilities for good,” wrote Prof. Jean Yang. “It is sad enough to lose Scott as a former student and friend. On top of that, I am also sad that the world will lose a rare software engineer who is deeply thoughtful about the process and purpose of software.”
At Saratoga Springs High School, Krulcik graduated third in his class in 2014, according to school district information.
According to graduation information, Krulcik, the son of Robert and Tracey Krulcik of Saratoga Springs, participated in Student Council, was president of the National Honor Society, president of the Key Club, and co-captain of the Academic Team. He has been a member of Generation Yes and Saratoga Inventeam. He also was a varsity track and field co-captain. He was a semifinalist for the U.S.Presidential Scholars’ Program and a National Merit Scholarship Award winner. He was an Advanced Placement with Distinction Scholar and has received the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Respect Award, the Harris Crandall Math Award, and department awards for computer science, business, science, and physical education.
His resume lists his interests as including Adirondack hiking, downhill skiing and having helped track wolves in Yellowstone National Park. He was a tour guide and docent at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.