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Mike Folk was project lead for the HDF group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) from 1988 until 2006, when he co-founded The HDF Group and served as CEO until retiring in 2016. He remains a Member of the Board of Directors. His tenure at NCSA and with The HDF Group provided Mike with the opportunity to work with a broad range of organizations and people in government, academia and the private sector to apply and evolve HDF in ways that uniquely address some of our greatest data challenges. Mike’s first programming job was in 1961, as a college sophomore.  His task was to create a digital map of the US to monitor fire-spread from a nuclear attack. He scoped...

Jessica Popp is the Senior Director of Engineering for Customer Lifecycle at SendGrid. Her division is responsible for platform development of a SaaS email and marketing infrastructure that sends more than 1.5B email messages per day on behalf of their customers and partners. Prior to joining SendGrid, Jessica spent more than ten years in High Performance Computing, largely focused on leading development and custom R&D of the Lustre parallel file system. The evolution of Lustre included managing teams at two startups as well as at Sun/Oracle and Intel as the ownership of Lustre assets changed through the years. Prior, Jessica spent ten years in application development and leadership in industries including Retail, Banking, and Insurance. Jessica’s broad experience from startup to Fortune 100 allows her to...

With over 25 years of experience in the IT industry selling, delivering and managing enterprise solutions for global enterprises, E.G.Nadhan is a Chief Technology Strategist at Red Hat working with the executive leadership of enterprises to drive Digital Transformation with Open Innovation and a DevOps mindset. Nadhan also provides thought leadership on various concepts including Big Data, Analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) through multiple channels including industry conferences, social media and publications while facilitating Executive Roundtables as well as customer specific Executive Briefing sessions. Nadhan received his bachelor’s in Production Engineering, Jadavpur University, Calcutta and is a graduate of the HP Accelerated Development program conducted by Harvard University faculty....

Jed Taylor is a Member of the Board of Directors of The HDF Group. He is also Director of Operations at the Technology Entrepreneur Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In addition to his work at TEC he also works with startup companies as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Enterprise Works in the Research Park. Before joining TEC, Jed was the first employee and the Director of Sales at Pattern Insight — a startup out of the Computer Science Department. Pattern recently had its technology and staff acquired by VMware in California. The company received VC funding by Venture Investors, an NSF Phase II SBIR award, and made successful product sales to Cisco, Intel, Juniper Networks, Qualcomm, Telllabs, and NetApp....