Speakers

Rob Carter

Rob Carter

Executive Vice President Information Services & Chief Information Officer, FedEx Corporation

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Rob Carter

Executive Vice President Information Services & Chief Information Officer, FedEx Corporation

Robert B. (Rob) Carter is Executive Vice President, FedEx Information Services and Chief Information Officer of FedEx Corporation.  He is a member of the five-person Executive Committee, which plans and executes the corporation’s strategic business activities.  Carter also serves as Co-President & Co-CEO of FedEx Services, the shared service entity responsible for Sales, Marketing, Information Technology and Customer Service.  

Carter joined FedEx in 1993 and has nearly 40 years of systems development and implementation experience.  Carter is responsible for setting the technology direction of the FedEx applications, infrastructure and networks that provide around the clock and around the globe support for FedEx product offerings.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer and information science from the University of Florida and his MBA from the University of South Florida.

Carter has been awarded many industry accolades, including, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Fortune Magazine’s Executive Dream Team, Forbes Magazine CIO Innovation Award, Information Week's Chief of the Year Award, and a charter inductee of CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame.

Carter serves on the Board of Directors of New York Life and Pilot Flying J.

Corey Quinn

Corey Quinn

Cloud Economist, The Duckbill Group

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Corey Quinn

Cloud Economist, The Duckbill Group

Corey is the Cloud Economist at The Duckbill Group. Corey specializes in helping companies improve their AWS bills by making them smaller and less horrifying; hosts the Screaming in the Cloud and AWS Morning Brief podcasts; and curates Last Week in AWS, a weekly newsletter summarizing the latest in AWS news, blogs, and tools, sprinkled with snark.

Dinesh Joshi

Dinesh Joshi

Apache Committer / Senior Software Engineer, Apache Software Foundation

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Dinesh Joshi

Apache Committer / Senior Software Engineer, Apache Software Foundation

Dinesh A. Joshi has been a professional Software Engineer for over a decade building highly scalable realtime Web Services and Distributed Streaming Data Processing Architectures serving over 1 billion devices. Dinesh is an active contributor to the Apache Cassandra codebase. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science (Distributed Systems & Databases) from Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA.

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Denise Gosnell

Chief Data Officer, DataStax

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Denise Gosnell

Chief Data Officer, DataStax

Dr. Gosnell's career centers on her passion for examining, applying, and evangelizing the applications of graph data. Her most recent book, The Practitioners Guide to Graph Data with co-author Dr. Matthias Broecheler, details the best practices of working with graph data in Casssandra. In addition to her newly published book, she has patented, built, published, and spoken on dozens of topics related to graph theory, graph algorithms, graph databases, and applications of graph data across all industry verticals.

Prior to her role with DataStax, Gosnell worked in the healthcare industry, where she contributed to software solutions for permissioned blockchains, machine learning applications of graph analytics, and data science. She earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee as an NSF Fellow. Her research coined the concept "social fingerprinting" by applying graph algorithms to predict user identity from social media interactions.

Melody Meckfessel

Melody Meckfessel

CEO, Observable

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Melody Meckfessel

CEO, Observable

Melody Meckfessel is the CEO and co-founder of Observable, a magic shared notebook for exploring data and thinking with code. Melody is a hands-on leader with more than 20 years in engineering at both startups and enterprises. Melody is passionate about helping developers succeed and making software development fast, scalable and fun. She is an advocate for diverse and inclusive developer communities. Prior to Observable, she was a VP of Engineering at Google Cloud leading Developer and Operator Systems.

Sam Ramji

Sam Ramji

Chief Strategy Officer, DataStax

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Sam Ramji

Chief Strategy Officer, DataStax

A 25-year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji has helped build two multi-billion dollar markets (API Management at Apigee and Enterprise Service Bus at BEA Systems) and redefined Microsoft’s open source and Linux strategy from “extinguish” to “embrace”.

He is nerdy about open source, platform economics, middleware, and cloud computing with emphasis on developer experience and enterprise software. He is an advisor to multiple companies including Accenture, Insight Engines, and the Linux Foundation. Sam received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from UCSD in 1994 and is still excited about artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology.

Nate McCall, Apache Cassandra Chair

Nate McCall

Project Chair, Apache Cassandra™

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Nate McCall

Project Chair, Apache Cassandra™

Nate is a committer and the current project chair for Apache Cassandra. He has been actively involved in the Cassandra community since 2009.

Amanda Moran

Amanda Moran

Software Engineer, Apple

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Amanda Moran

Software Engineer, Apple

Amanda Moran is a Bay Area-based Software Engineer. Her passion is helping customers, users, and the community be successful. Previously, she worked for HP, Teradata, DataStax, and Apache Trafodion startup Esgyn. Amanda’s an Apache Committer and member of the PMC for Apache Trafodion. She’s worked on customer POCs, executive demos, distributed database cloud deployments, Python coding, data science workshops, has spoken at many conferences, Linux/Hadoop administration, and scripting—a little bit of everything. She has a master’s degree in computer science from Santa Clara University and a BS in biology from the University of Washington. In her spare time, she loves running, hanging out with her dog, and finding reasons to go to Disneyland.

Chet Kapoor

Chet Kapoor

CEO, DataStax

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Chet Kapoor

CEO, DataStax

Chet Kapoor is Chairman and CEO of DataStax. He is a proven leader and innovator in the tech industry with  more than 20 years in leadership at innovative software and cloud companies, including Google, IBM, BEA Systems, WebMethods, and NeXT. As Chairman and CEO of Apigee, he led company-wide initiatives to build Apigee into a leading technology provider for digital business. Google (Apigee) is the cross-cloud API management platform that operates in a multi- and hybrid-cloud world. Chet successfully took Apigee public before the company was acquired by Google in 2016. Chet earned his B.S. in engineering from Arizona State University.

Jonathan Ellis

Jonathan Ellis

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, DataStax

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Jonathan Ellis

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, DataStax

Jonathan is a co-founder of DataStax. Before DataStax, Jonathan was Project Chair of Apache Cassandra for six years, where he built the Cassandra project and community into an open-source success. Previously, Jonathan built an object storage system based on Reed-Solomon encoding for data backup provider Mozy that scaled to petabytes of data and gigabits per second throughput.

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Aaron Ploetz

NoSQL Engineering Lead, Target

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Aaron Ploetz

NoSQL Engineering Lead, Target

Aaron Ploetz has been a professional software developer since 1997, and has several years of experience working on and leading DevOps teams for startups and Fortune 50 enterprises. He has been named a DataStax MVP for Apache Cassandra three times, and has presented at multiple events; including the DataStax Summit, Cassandra Day Chicago, and Data Day Texas. Aaron continues to contribute to the software community by answering StackOverflow questions from other developers (mostly in the Cassandra tag), and has worked as an author on the books Seven NoSQL Databases in a Week and Mastering Apache Cassandra 3.x (3rd edition).

Aaron earned a B.S. in Management/Computer Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a M.S. in Software Engineering (Database Technology emphasis) from Regis University. When not writing or coding, he enjoys astronomy, retro-video gaming, and skijoring. Aaron and his wife, Coriene, live with their three children in the Twin Cities area.

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Adron Hall

Software Architect, DataStax

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Adron Hall

Software Architect, DataStax

Adron is often referred to as the “guy with solutions”. If there’s a question about how something should be built, he is the go to guy for coming up with how to get things done, deployed, and into production. With his calm and collected demeanor, and sometimes snarky wit, Adron is the person you want building teams and creating systems. His ability to impart upon others energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm is exceptional.

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Aleks Volochnev

Developer Relations

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Aleks Volochnev

Developer Relations
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Alice Lottini

Vanguard Architect, DataStax

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Alice Lottini

Vanguard Architect, DataStax

Alice joined DataStax five years ago. She spent most of this time working with enterprises to design, deploy and scale a variety of applications based on DataStax. She recently moved to the Vanguard team where she continues to focus on strategic projects, both internal and external. She has a strong interest in the Cassandra internal mechanisms and how they perform at scale.

Prior to joining DataStax, Alice graduated in Computing Engineering from Politecnico di Torino. She worked for 12 years as a developer and technical architect in several industries, always with a focus on databases and data design, mostly on relational technologies - until she started using DataStax and never looked back!

Arun Singh

Arun Singh

Site Reliability Engineer, Adobe Systems

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Arun Singh

Site Reliability Engineer, Adobe Systems
Boris Baryshnikov

Boris Baryshnikov

Principal PM Manager, Microsoft Azure Compute Product Group

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Boris Baryshnikov

Principal PM Manager, Microsoft Azure Compute Product Group

Boris Baryshnikov is a principal lead program manager in the Azure Compute product group. Boris's team is focusing on use, growth and end-to-end experiences of Linux workloads on Azure. This includes working with numerous partners such as SAP, Red Hat, Oracle, and others.

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Brian Hess

Strategic Solution Engineer, DataStax

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Brian Hess

Strategic Solution Engineer, DataStax

Brian has been in the data and analytics space for over 20 years, ranging from government to data mining applied research to analytics in enterprise data warehousing and NoSQL engines. Currently, Brian is a Strategic Solutions Engineer, working with some of DataStax's largest customers, and has held several other technical roles including Product Director for Analytics and Partner Architect. Brian started his career as a Cryptologic Mathematician in the US Department of Defense, where he worked on Data Science, Data Mining, and large scale data research. He then joined Netezza as Principal Mathematician and Director of Advanced Analytics, pushing Netezza to address new and advanced use cases. Brian has Masters degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University.

Cédrick Lunven

Cédrick Lunven

Developer Advocate, DataStax

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Cédrick Lunven

Developer Advocate, DataStax

Cedrick is a Developer Advocate at DataStax where he finds opportunities to share his passions by speaking about developing distributed architectures and implementing reference applications for developers.

In 2013, he created FF4j, an open source framework for Feature Toggle which he still actively maintains. He is also a contributor to JHipster.

Chelsea Navo

Chelsea Navo

Services, DataStax

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Chelsea Navo

Services, DataStax

Chelsea Navo is an inspirational engineering leader with 20 years of modernizing mission-centric businesses, coaching high-performing engineers, and delivering innovative solutions.  Chelsea leads DataStax Services in providing professional services to enterprises worldwide.  Her specializations include hybrid cloud architecture, large scale enterprise transformations and modernizations, and strategic systems delivery optimizations.  Before joining DataStax, she served at Booz Allen and Lockheed Martin.  She earned her B.S. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech.

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Cliff Gilmore

Principal - Advanced Technology Group, Confluent

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Cliff Gilmore

Principal - Advanced Technology Group, Confluent

Cliff and Mitch both work at Confluent, by way of Datastax, where they help customers with Data Architecture and operational best practices every day. They have deep hands-on experience in the data ecosystem from ETL, stream, NoSQL, Hadoop, and other technology stacks and have worked with 100s of customers in the field implementing distributed systems.

Cristopher Blanco

Cristopher Blanco

Senior Manager Software Engineering, Capital One

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Cristopher Blanco

Senior Manager Software Engineering, Capital One

Senior Manager, Software Engineering at Capital One. Leads a team building the next-generation mission-critical Customer Platforms for Capital One using Cassandra, Microservices, and Cloud technologies.

Ed Anuff

Ed Anuff

Chief Product Officer, DataStax

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Ed Anuff

Chief Product Officer, DataStax

Ed Anuff has over 25 years experience as a product and technology leader at companies such as Google, Apigee, Six Apart, Vignette, Epicentric, and Wired.  He led products and strategy for the successful Apigee API Platform for the last 8 years, helping to make it the recognized category leader and led to the acquisition of Apigee by Google.  He was the founder of enterprise portal leader Epicentric which was acquired by Vignette. 

In the 90's, at Wired, he launched one of the first Internet search engines, HotBot, as well as authored one of the first textbooks on the Java programming language.  Ed is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

Frank Moley

Frank Moley

Engineering Manager, DataStax

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Frank Moley

Engineering Manager, DataStax

Frank Moley is a Lead Engineer for DataStax working on distributed cloud platforms. His focus areas of software development include cloud-native architectures, microservices architectures, DevOps and DevSecOps workflows, and general system design and development using Java, Python and Go. He is an open source software enthusiast and contributor. Much of time these days is spent build multi-cloud systems leveraging Kubernetes as a platform and all the automation and tooling that comes with it.

Frank is also a content author for LinkedIn Learning and has many offerings on the Spring Framework, Java Development, and Architecture. Finally, he is a co-founder of the KC Spring User Group as well as the KC Java User Group.

Ganesha Duggirala

Ganesha Duggirala

Senior Software Engineer, Capital One

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Ganesha Duggirala

Senior Software Engineer, Capital One

Ganesha Duggirala has been a professional software engineer for over 15 years. He loves building awesome applications and solving problems.

Grant Cohoe

Grant Cohoe

Senior Systems Engineer, Constant Contact

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Grant Cohoe

Senior Systems Engineer, Constant Contact

Grant has worked in infrastructure operations for the last seven years. He holds a degree in Applied Networking and Systems Administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Other interests include cocktails, college hockey, and summer camp.

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Guo Chao

NoSQL Database Engineer, Alibaba

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Guo Chao

NoSQL Database Engineer, Alibaba
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Jeff Blanchard

NoSQL Tech Lead, Target

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Jeff Blanchard

NoSQL Tech Lead, Target

Jeff Blanchard has been a Database Administrator since 2000 and has several years of experience working with multiple database technologies. Jeff has worked on with Cassandra, MongoDB, Redis, MS SQL as well as Oracle.

Jeff earned a B.S. in Management from Kennesaw State University. When not working, he enjoys karate and volunteering in the community. Jeff and his wife, Kate, live with their three children in the Twin Cities area.

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Jeffrey Carpenter

Director of Developer Advocacy, DataStax

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Jeffrey Carpenter

Director of Developer Advocacy, DataStax

Jeff Carpenter leads the Developer Advocate team at DataStax, using his background in system architecture, microservices and Apache Cassandra™ to help empower developers and operations engineers to build distributed systems that are scalable, reliable, and secure. Jeff has worked on large-scale systems in the defense and hospitality industries and is the author of Cassandra: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition (3rd Edition on the way!).

Jeremy Hanna

Jeremy Hanna

Data Architect, DataStax

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Jeremy Hanna

Data Architect, DataStax

Jeremy Hanna has been working with Apache Cassandra and related technologies since 2010 when he worked on a team using and contributing to Cassandra at Rackspace. Over the last 10 years, he's helped companies around the world successfully deploy clusters and applications that require scale and resilience. He's been at DataStax since 2012.

John Sanda

John Sanda

Consultant, The Last Pickle

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John Sanda

Consultant, The Last Pickle

As a Consultant at The Last Pickle John helps clients understand and solve problems with Apache Cassandra.

Prior to TLP John worked as an engineer at Red Hat leading projects to build management and monitoring systems using Apache Cassandra. He also has experience operating, maintaining, and deploying monitoring systems in Kubernetes.

John enjoys building and extending Cassandra tools for Kubernetes.

Jon Haddad

Jon Haddad

Cassandra Committer

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Jon Haddad

Cassandra Committer

Jon Haddad is an Apache Cassandra committer and PMC member with almost twenty years of experience as a software engineer and has been using Cassandra since version 1.1. Jon is an alum of DataStax and more recently was the Principal Consultant at The Last Pickle. He has handled performance tuning on over a hundred clusters and is the primary author of several open source performance tools.

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Jonathan Lacefield

Product Manager, DataStax

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Jonathan Lacefield

Product Manager, DataStax

Jonathan is a Product Manager with DataStax focused on the strategy and vision for the DataStax Enterprise Server platform which includes Cassandra, Graph, Analytics, and Search. A 6-year veteran of DataStax, Jonathan has helped dozens of companies ideate, design, develop, and deploy global-scale applications built on DataStax Enterprise.

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Marc Selwan

Sr. Product Manager - Server Team, DataStax

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Marc Selwan

Sr. Product Manager - Server Team, DataStax

Marc has been working at DataStax for over 5.5 years doing everything from helping customers build awesome applications with Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise to working with our amazing engineering teams to build some great new features for our database.

Matt Kennedy

Matt Kennedy

Senior Director of Product, DataStax

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Matt Kennedy

Senior Director of Product, DataStax

Matt has more than 20 years of experience in distributed systems as a product manager, field architect, and software developer. He is currently the Product Manager for DataStax's Apollo DBaaS product.

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Matthias Broecheler

Chief Technologist, DataStax

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Matthias Broecheler

Chief Technologist, DataStax

Dr. Matthias Broecheler is a technologist and entrepreneur with substantial research and development experience who is focused on disruptive software technologies and understanding complex systems. Dr. Broecheler’s is known as an industry expert in graph databases, relational machine learning, and big data analysis in general. He is a practitioner of lean methodologies and experimentation to drive continuous improvement. Dr. Broecheler is the inventor of the Titan graph database and a founder of Aurelius.

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Mick Semb Wever

Apache Cassandra Consultant, The Last Pickle

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Mick Semb Wever

Apache Cassandra Consultant, The Last Pickle

Beyond technology, talk to me about snowboarding, rock climbing, trail running, skiing, surfing, and just anything awesome in nature.

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Mitchell Henderson

Technical Account Manager, Confluent

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Mitchell Henderson

Technical Account Manager, Confluent

Mitch Henderson is a Sr. Technical Account Manager for Confluent. Mitch’s background is rooted in DevOps roles mostly focused on inserting new technologies into the enterprise. Before joining Confluent Mitch was a field engineer at DataStax and has a back ground building large-scale deployments, auditing services, and was a key player doing financial data delivery with a focus on quality, maintainability, stability and scalability.

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Neha Giri

Software Architect, Intuit

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Neha Giri

Software Architect, Intuit

Neha Giri is software architect for consumer group at Intuit Canada Inc. She has over 13 years of extensive experience in software development in telecom and financial domains. She has a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Engineering from Delhi University. She is passionate about software development, scalability and database architecture.

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Patrick McFadin

VP Developer Relations, DataStax

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Patrick McFadin

VP Developer Relations, DataStax

Patrick McFadin has been working with Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques for almost 10 years. He has also worked as Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, where he helped build some of the largest and exciting deployments in production. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief Architect at Hobsons and an Oracle DBA/Developer for over 15 years.

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Prashanth Srinivasan

Lead Architect for the Dell.com Shopping Experience, Dell

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Prashanth Srinivasan

Lead Architect for the Dell.com Shopping Experience, Dell

Data driven, customer focused innovator with a track record of designing and launching applications for scale and performance. Specializes in hybrid cloud architectures, event driven systems, web optimization techniques and distributed databases.

Rich Lee

Rich Lee

Professor, Department of Statistics and Information Science, Fu Jen Catholic University

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Rich Lee

Professor, Department of Statistics and Information Science, Fu Jen Catholic University

Rich Lee, an Enterprise Architect, is a Ph.D. professor in the Department of Statistics and Information Science at Fu Jen Catholic University. He has served IBM as a senior technical consultant for a decade. Before IBM, he worked for HPE/DEC as well as a consultant in implementing the Manufacturing Execution System in the semiconductor industry for many years.

Roger Huang

Roger Huang

Lead System Architect, Visa

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Roger Huang

Lead System Architect, Visa

Roger enjoys building reactive systems using Scala and Akka. He has spoken on various Big Data topics at Visa, PayPal, Amazon, and ACM SIG, including Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining.

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Russell Spitzer

Software Engineer, DataStax

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Russell Spitzer

Software Engineer, DataStax

After completing his PhD work at University of California, San Francisco, Russell joined DataStax to fulfill his deep longing to work with distributed systems. Since then, he has worked with Cassandra, Spark, Tinkerpop, Hadoop, as well as a myriad of other big data technologies. His favorite hobby is finding new ways of bringing these technologies together so that everyone can benefit from the new information age.

Serban Teodorescu

Serban Teodorescu

SRE, Adobe

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Serban Teodorescu

SRE, Adobe

Serban Teodorescu is an SRE at Adobe, where he’s part of a small team that manages 30+ Cassandra clusters for Adobe Audience Manager. Previously, he was a Python programmer, and he’s still trying to find out how a developer who preferred SQL databases ended up as an SRE for a Cassandra team. Apart from Cassandra and Python, he’s interested in automating his tasks with terraform, AWX, and StackStorm.

Smit Davey

Smit Davey

Software Engineer, Capital One

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Smit Davey

Software Engineer, Capital One

Smit Davey is passionate about distributed databases, cloud technologies, automation, and systems architecture. He is a Software Engineer at Capital One experienced in managing DevOps for Cassandra for their Rewards One loyalty platform. His experience with Cassandra is quite unique as the cluster needs to hold credit card transaction data and guarantee fast response times at a bank that is an industry leader in the movement to the cloud. This includes automation and giving back time to the engineers, cost optimization based on cluster behavior, and adopting a Cassandra mindset in the organization.

Vijay Arthanari

Vijay Arthanari

Senior Engineering Manager, Capital One

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Vijay Arthanari

Senior Engineering Manager, Capital One

Vijay Arthanari is a seasoned technology leader experienced in working with containers, big data, distributed databases, and cloud technologies. As a Senior Engineering Manager at Capital One, he currently leads full-stack engineering teams building solutions for their Rewards One loyalty platform. He is a DataStax Certified Professional on Apache Cassandra.

Vinay Chella

Vinay Chella

Builder, Netflix

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Vinay Chella

Builder, Netflix

​Vinay Chella is an Apache Cassandra Committer and engineer at Netflix. He possesses a great understanding of Cassandra, distributed systems, and relational databases. As an Engineer and Architect, he has extensively worked on building scalable distributed services over a decade, helped several teams @ Netflix in designing highly efficient persistence solutions. He is a core contributor to Netflix's data store platform and currently spends the majority of his time with Cassandra.

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Zhang Youdong

NoSQL Database Engineer, Alibaba

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Zhang Youdong

NoSQL Database Engineer, Alibaba