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David N. Blank-Edelman is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science and the author of the O’Reilly book Automating System Administration with Perl (the second edition of the Otter Book) available at purveyors of fine dead trees everywhere.
He has spent the last 27+ years as a system/network administrator in large multi- platform environments, including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, and the MIT Media Laboratory. He was the program chair of the LISA 2005 conference and one of the LISA 2006 Invited Talks co-chairs. David is honored to be the recipient of the 2009 SAGE Outstanding Achievement award and to serve on the USENIX Board of Directors.
Jordan is a hacker who lives under a rock in San Jose. He practices hate-driven development and gives out hugs upon request. By day, he wrangles logs at DreamHost. When not hacking, he loves doing awesome things as a dad and a husband.
Ben has been a community systems administrator at the OSU Open Source Lab, where he helped and administered dozens of high-profile open source projects. Ben held this position for 4 years while pursuing a degree at Oregon State University while participating in the OSU Linux Users’ Group as their official Safety Officer, and as part of the Open Source Education Lab which aimed to integrate Open Source software and ideologies into the university curriculum. Ben also played a role in the inception and coordination of the local Beaver Bar Camp.
After graduating with a degree in Computer Science and Business Administration, he joined Mozilla as a systems administrator. Mozilla gave him the opportunity to diversify his skill-set to operate on the scale of hundreds of millions of users. At Mozilla, Ben has been able to take the skills learned from the OSL and apply them to scaling Mozilla’s revision control systems, virtualization clusters, monitoring system, and configuration management system.
Nicole Forsgren Velasquez is considered an expert in the work, tools, knowledge sharing, and communication of technical professionals and has served as co-chair of WiAC ’12 and CHIMIT ’10, and on several LISA program committees. Her background spans user experience, enterprise storage, cost allocation, and systems design and development. She has worked with large and small corporations across many industries and government.
Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems and a Masters in Accounting from the University of Arizona. She is a member of USENIX, ACM, AIS, AAA, LOPSA, and CSST. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Utah State University and her public work includes technical white papers, a patent, newsletter articles, and academic research papers. She has been a featured speaker at industry and academic events and was involved in the organization of the Silicon.
Spencer Krum is a senior in General Science at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He will be graduating in Spring/Summer 2013 with a minor in physics. Spencer has been working with Linux for 5 years and joined the Portland State Computer Action Team in Fall of 2010 to become a systems administrator. Spencer now works on the Linux, Unix, and Networking teams for TheCAT. His tools are puppet, shell, git and IOS. Spencer is a member of the PDXDevOps user group. Spencer’s primary projects at Portland State have been monitoring and LDAP.
William Van Hevelingen is the Unix Team Lead at the Computer Action Team (TheCAT) which provides IT for the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. William has 4 years of sysadmin experience and is currently pursuing his B.S in Computer Science. In his personal time he actively contributes to Ubuntu and Puppet.
Bob Beatty is a Network/Systems Administrator for LeadCube in Overland Park, Kansas. Previously, he was the IT Director for one of the largest specialty insurance companies in the United States, Haas & Wilkerson Ins. With over 23 years in the IT field, Bob has worked for large enterprise companies such as DST and XPEDX, as well as a few small businesses and as an independent consultant. Bob has tackled problems that plague many IT departments in today’s SMBs. Bob has shared his vast experience and knowledge as a featured guest speaker at Brown Mackie College, Vatterot College and Concorde Career Institute, and by writing training manuals for some of the biggest computer chain stores in the country.
Scott Whyte is a Staff Network Engineer at Google. His main area of focus is the research of future network protocols and designs to enable Software Defined Networking. Prior to his move into research, Scott helped design, engineer, and build Google’s production network during 5 years of tremendous growth. Previous to Google, he worked for Procket Networks as a Senior Support Engineer where he helped launch their core backbone platforms. As a Network Design Consultant at Cisco Systems, Scott (CCIE #3340) worked on a series of global IP network design projects for customers in the financial, industrial, and telecommunication sectors.
Brenna Flood has been a bulldog advocate for customer-focused build and code quality for 12 years within roles in technical support, software test engineering, system engineering, and more recently in DevOps as a Product Build Engineer at ProQuest. In her spare time she enjoys playing Magic: The Gathering competitively. You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Pompon is the Manager of Infrastructure Risk at HCL Capital Stream. With over 20 years of experience in Internet security, he works closely with Federal investigators in cyber-crime investigations and apprehensions. He has been directly involved in several major intrusion cases and for six years was president of the Seattle chapter of FBI InfraGard. He is a lecturer and on the board of advisors for two information assurance certificate programs at the University of Washington.
Adele Shakal has more than 15 years experience with project management, business process analysis and design, knowledge management, emergency operations and drill planning, business continuity, service management, UNIX system administration and web technologies in university environments. She has presented on IT disaster preparedness at CENIC and APRU conferences. Certified in ITIL Foundations, she is often the liaison between technical teams and management tasked with implementing BC, ITIL and ISO processes. Her B.S. is in GeoChemistry from California Institute of Technology, and she now heads up Project and Knowledge Management at Metacloud, Inc., a cloud solutions company.
Lance Albertson is the Associate Director of Operations for the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) and has been involved with the Gentoo Linux project as a developer and package maintainer since 2003. Since joining the OSUOSL in 2007, Lance has managed all of the hosting activities that the OSL provides for nearly 160 high-profile open source projects. He was recently promoted to Associate Director in early 2012 after being the Lead Systems Administration and Architect since 2007.
Michael Burns is an Oregon native and alumni of OSU and the Open Source Lab and a former One Laptop Per Child intern. He is now a Ops sysadmin for the Mozilla project and runs lists.mozilla.org. He has worked on improving community-involvement with online projects throughout his career after participating in the wonderfully absurd “Please Send Us To Linux.conf.au” crowd-sourced fundraiser in 2007.
Nathen Harvey is a Technical Community Manager at Opscode, the company behind Chef. Nathen is the co-organizer of the Washington DC MongoDB Users’ Group and DevOps DC and co-host of the Food Fight Show, a podcast about Chef and DevOps. Like many others who blog, Nathen updates his blog on a very irregular basis. When not working or hosting meetups, Nathen enjoys going to concerts, drinking craft beer, and over sharing on sites like twitter, untappd, and foursquare.
Leon has been using and administering UNIX systems since 1990, and been employed as a full-time sysadmin since 1995. While he’s worked extensively with Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Mac OS X, and too many other flavors of UNIX, lately he’s been spending a lot of time with Linux at Big Fish Games.
Thomas Van Doren has been tinkering with websites for nearly a decade. He works at Cozi, Inc. in Seattle where he develops RESTful Python web services deployed to an OpenStack environment. He loves DevOps, open source software, and testing puppet modules!
Stuart Kendrick works as an IT Architect and Problem Analyst at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, where he dabbles in trouble-shooting, deep infrastructure design, and developing tools to monitor and manage devices. He started earning money as a geek in 1984, writing in FORTRAN on CRAY-1 for Science Applications International Corporation; worked in desktop support, server support, and network support for Cornell University; and reached FHCRC in 1993. He has a BA in English, contributes to BRIITE, and spends free time on yoga and CrossFit.
Garrett Honeycutt has been hacking *nix based systems and spreading the merits of open source software for over ten years. He began using Puppet in 2007 while building out a national carrier grade VoIP system. Previously he has worked on such things as building core internet infrastructure for an ISP, creating mobile media distribution platforms, and was as a Professional Services Engineer with Puppet Labs working with customers around the world helping them with Puppet, DevOps processes, and project management.
Regularly presenting on Linux related topics, Garrett has had the opportunity to speak at various LUG’s including GSLUG, CINLUG, PuppetNYC, and NYCDevOps. He has also presented at almost every US Linux Fest, LOAD, Cascadia IT Conf, OSCON, and Flourish and internationally in Russia, Belgium, Norway, Czech Republic, India, and Australia.
Carolyn Rowland began working with UNIX in 1986; her professional career as a UNIX system administrator took off in 1991. She currently leads a team of sysadmins at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), driving innovation and supporting research projects for the Engineering Laboratory. She believes we need to increase the visibility of system administration by engaging senior leadership and tying our efforts to the priorities of business. Carolyn is also Secretary of the USENIX Board of Directors and the LISA ’12 Program Chair. In 2011–2012 Carolyn began to focus on the community of women in computing, including co-chairing the first-ever USENIX Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) Summit. Carolyn will continue as co-chair of WiAC in 2013.
Steven is a SysAdmin on the technical staff for StackExchange (operators of great Q&A sites like ServerFault and StackOverflow) and a Microsoft MVP in PowerShell. Steven also leads two local user groups, the Greater Milwaukee IT Pro
User Community and the Greater Milwaukee Script Club. He speaks regularly to local user groups and can be found at various conferences.
Don R. Crawley is President/Chief Technologist at soundtraining.net. He is also the author the recently published book – The Accidental Administrator: Cisco Router Step-by-Step Configuration Guide, plus four other books on IT topics. He holds multiple IT certifications including Cisco CCNA Security and IPv6 Silver Engineer. Don is a veteran IT author and trainer, having taught workshops on Cisco network devices, Linux servers, and Windows servers both domestically and internationally.
Owen DeLong is an IPv6 Evangelist at Hurricane Electric and a member of the ARIN Advisory Council. Owen brings more than 25 years of industry experience. He is an active member of the systems administration, operations, and IP policy communities. In the past, Owen has worked at Tellme Networks (Senior Network Engineer); Exodus Communications (Senior Backbone Engineer), where he was part of the team that took Exodus from a pre-IPO startup with two datacenters to a major global provider of hosting services; Netcom Online (Network Engineer), where he worked on a team that moved the Internet from an expensive R&E tool to a widely available public access system accessible to anyone with a computer; Sun Microsystems (Senior Systems Administrator); and more.
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