StampedeCon 2014 Speakers

StampedeCon 2014 was May 29-30.

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Take a look at some of the StampedeCon 2014 speakers below:

John Akred, CTO at Silicon Valley Data Science, likes to help organizations become more data driven. Mr. Akred has over 15 years of experience in advanced analytical applications and analytical system architecture. He is a recognized expert in the areas of applied business analytics, machine learning, predictive analytics, and operational data mining. He has deep expertise in the application of various architectural approaches such as: distributed non-relational data stores (NoSQL), stream processing, in-database analytics, event-driven architectures and specialized appliances; to real-time scoring, real-time optimization, and similar applications of analytics at scale.

John received a BA in Economics from the University of New Hampshire, and a MS in Computer Science, focused on Distributed Systems from DePaul University.

Jim BatesJim Bates brings over 12 years of experience in systems and support engineering to his role as a Senior Systems Engineer at MapR. Jim was previously a Senior Systems Engineer for WANdisco. Prior to that, Jim was a Senior Systems Engineer for Spirent Communications, a multinational telecommunications test company. Jim also held various roles in systems engineering at Mu Dynamics. Earlier in his career, Jim held engineering positions at Tellabs and Advanced Fibre Communications. He began his career as an Officer in the US Army, where he designed and implemented mobile routing networks and jumped out of airplanes with Cisco routers to get the internet working over single channel tactical satellite networks. In addition to his technical roles, Jim has worked as a house framer, a fireman, a janitor, an infantryman, and a paratrooper. His very first job was that of a farmer and rancher, working alongside his father, a time during which he learned his most important life lessons. When not working for MapR, Jim enjoys carpentry work, welding, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with his family. Jim holds a BS/EE in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Steven Borrelli, Founder at Asteris, has over a decade of experience working on distributed systems, enterprise architecture and high performance computing. He founded in 2014 to make it easy for organizations to run next-generation infrastructure. Steven is an active member of the St. Louis tech community as one of the organizers of St. Louis Machine Learning and Docker St. Louis.


Jean-Luc Chatelain, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Strategy and Technology for DDN (DataDirect Networks), a leader in hyperscale and cloud storage solutions. Chatelain joined DDN from Hewlett-Packard in February 2011, where he was a distinguished HP Fellow responsible for leading the company’s Information Optimization strategy and steering the entry of HP into the ILM space. Prior to HP, Chatelain founded Persist Technologies Inc., a leader in reference information storage software which was acquired by HP. A serial entrepreneur and tech-geek at heart, Chatelain co-invented the SmartCell™, the world’s first application-centric enterprise storage technology, and created a breakthrough medical imaging workflow technology for Cemax-Icon, which experienced significant growth as a result of this innovation before being acquired by Imation/Eastman Kodak.

Sukhendu Chakraborty, Senior Software Engineer in RichRelevance. Prior to RichRelevance, Sukhendu was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle where he worked for over 6 years. At Oracle, he was a member of the core database team working on storage optimization and retrieval of XML documents in Oracle’s XML Database. He was also one of the initial members of Oracle’s Advanced Analytics team, working on building scalable analytics solutions on Oracle’s Big Data Appliance. Sukhendu has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Duke University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India

Murtaza Doctor, Principal Architect at RichRelevance, responsible for building the next-gen Cloud Based Platform as a Service (PaaS) to power multi-channel analytics. He brings over 12 years of product building and technology leadership experience. He has built products ground-up in the Advertising, E-commerce, Pricing, and Defense domains. Prior to RichRelevance, he was working at Yahoo as part of the Display Advertising platform team. He was an Adjunct faculty at the University of Houston Clear Lake; he taught undergraduate courses in Computer Science. He has his masters in Computer Science from the University of Houston Clear Lake, and Bachelors from Sardar Patel College of Engineering in Mumbai, India.

Paul Doherty, President and CEO of the digit group, inc., is one of the global real estate industry’s most sought after thought leaders, strategists and integrators of process, technology and business. Paul is currently the President and CEO of the digit group, inc., a leading Smart City solutions company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. His past successful ventures include Revit Technologies (Sold to Autodesk 2002), Buzzsaw (Sold to Autodesk 2001) and TRIRIGA (Sold to IBM 2011). Widely quoted in the media, Paul is currently writing a series of Whitepapers on Smart Cities for the McGraw-Hill Financial Global Institute (Standard & Poors). Paul’s current work is focused on Smart City solutions in the USA, Europe, Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and China. Concurrently, Paul is the co-founder and producer of the critically acclaimed AEC Hackathon ( that launched at Facebook Headquarters in Silicon Valley in November 2013.

Sameer Farooqui is a freelance big data consultant and trainer with deep industry expertise in the Hadoop and NoSQL domain. For the past five years, he has deployed various clustering software packages internationally to clients including fortune 500, governments, hospitals and banks. In the past year, he has taught over 50 courses, of which about 30 were on­site. All of the curriculum Sameer teaches, along with the lectures and labs, were custom developed by him.

Most recently he was a Systems Architect at Hortonworks where he specialized in designing Hadoop prototypes and proof-­of-­concept use cases. While at Hortonworks, Sameer also taught Hadoop Developer’s classes and visited various customers as a sales engineer to brainstorm use cases. The core Hadoop products he specializes in are HDFS, MapReduce, HCatalog, Pig, Hive, HBase and Zookeeper.

Previously, Sameer worked at Accenture’s Silicon Valley R&D lab where he was responsible for studying NoSQL databases, Cloud Computing and MapReduce for their commercial applicability to emerging big data problems. At Accenture Tech Labs, Sameer was the lead engineer for creating a 32­-node prototype using Cassandra and AWS to host 10 TB of Smart Grid data. He also worked on a 30+ person team in the design phase of a multi­-environment Hadoop cluster pilot project at NetApp.

Before Hortonworks and Accenture, Sameer spent five years at Symantec where he deployed Veritas Clustering and Storage Foundation solutions (VCS, VVR, SF­HA) to Fortune 500 and government clients throughout North America.

Sameer is a regular speaker at Big Data conferences and meetups.

Ronald Indeck, CTO and Founder at VelociData, and Technology Advisor to Exegy, Inc., both spinouts from Washington University. From 1988 to 2009 he was in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Washington University where he was the Das Family Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Security Technologies. Dr. Indeck has published more than 50 peer reviewed technical papers and been awarded more than thirty patents. He has received many awards including the Presidential Young Investigator Award from President Bush and the Bar Association Inventor of the Year. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and active in many other professional organizations.

Ken Jacquier, North American Lead for IBM’s Information Governance, practice has extensive strategic and hands Enterprise Information Governance experience. His experience includes roles at Grainger and IBM. He has gained a passion for the role of trusted information as an enabler of successful Strategic Initiatives.. As Vice President , Sales Operations he began a continuous journey of improving process, people and technology components of Information Governance and Data Quality. As VP, Process Engineering, during one of the world’s largest SAP upgrades, he led business and technology resources tasked with changing business and data processes linked to supply chain optimization, increased revenue and improved customer experience. He has had responsibility for business analytics and accountability for Master Data programs. Mr. Jacquier formally held roles within IT tasked with implementing enterprise data management. He has lived the challenge of leading the information journey in a complex global IT ecosystem. He served as the Chair of Grainger’s Executive Information Governance Steering Committee. Since joining IBM in October 2010, Mr. Jacquier has enjoyed working with over 100 clients throughout various industry segments to bring IT and the business together to build governance roadmaps that transform information into an enterprise asset. As organizations learn to leverage all data, both structured and unstructured, he is leading discussions around how to build a “Big Data” governance framework that drives business agility while mitigating risk. He is passionate about helping organizations bridge gaps and connect dots along their journey of optimizing a critical resource-Data.

Jonathan King, Vice President, Cloud Strategy and Business Development for CenturyLink Technology Solutions, leads cloud strategy, business development, alliances, M&A and global go to market for CenturyLink. Prior to Savvis, Jonathan was SVP of WW Business Development at Joyent, an innovative cloud computing company based in San Francisco. Before Joyent, Jonathan held various positions with Verizon leading teams designing complex hosting, managed services and outsourcing solutions for commercial and government customers. Jonathan joined Verizon by way of acquisition when Verizon/MCI acquired Totality where he was VP of Alliance Development. Prior to Totality, Jonathan was VP of Strategic Alliances for Exodus Communications where he led a global team responsible for system integrator and technology partner alliances.

Jonathan holds a B.A. in History from Miami University, a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property and Technology Law from Washington University School of Law. Jonathan recently co-authored with Professor Neil Richards The Three Paradoxes of Big Data (Stanford Law Review Online 2013) and Big Data Ethics (Wake Forest Law Review, forthcoming 2014). Jonathan is now co-authoring with Professor Richards a book chapter called Big Data and the Future For Privacy to be presented at a conference this fall organized by the business school of the University of Québec in Montreal and published in a handbook of research on digital transformations.

Alice Liang, software engineer at The Climate Corporation, where she’s been using Clojure to build a database for painless, distributed data ingests, to ingest weather data for our researchers into said database, and to build a distributed tracing system for our internal services. A couple years ago, she studied Applied Mathematics and Statistics at UC Berkeley, and never intended on becoming a developer.

Rob Long, Big Data Engineer at Monsanto, where he utilizes distributed computing to solve problems in genomics and agriculture. Rob has experience implementing genomic pipelines, specifically variant detection and effect prediction, at the Genome Institute at Washington University and Partek Inc. Rob obtained a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from SIUE in 2010.

Nate McCall, Director of Software Development at The Last Pickle, has over 14 years of server side systems and software development experience. He is currently the co-founder of TheLastPickle (TLP), an Apache Cassandra consulting firm. Prior to TLP, he was the development lead for the Usergrid platform (now incubating at the Apache Software Foundation) at Apigee and was also the lead developer of the open source Hector client for Apache Cassandra. Prior to Apigee, Nathan was an early employee at DataStax where he held several positions including team lead for the first iterations of DataStax Enterprise. He has also presented at conferences such as Oracle’s JavaOne and O’Reilly’s Strata and OSCON. Nathan is also co-founder of the Cassandra-Austin and Hadoop Users meetup groups in Austin, TX.

Alex Miller, Developer at Cognitect, works on developing and promoting Clojure at Cognitect. Prior to Cognitect, Alex workedat Revelytix, Terracotta, BEA Systems, and MetaMatrix. His interests include Clojure, concurrency, distributed systems, languages, and software design. Alex enjoys tweeting as @puredanger and blogging at Alex is the founder and organizer of the Strange Loop, Clojure/West, and Lambda Jam conferences.

Stephen O’Sullivan, Distinguished Architect at Silicon Valley Data Science, a leading expert on big data architecture and Hadoop, Stephen brings over 20 years of experience creating scalable, high-availability, data and applications solutions. A veteran of WalmartLabs, Sun and Yahoo!, Stephen leads data architecture and infrastructure at SVDS.


Rob Peglar, Chief Technology Officer, Americas at EMC Isilon. A 37-year industry veteran and published author, he leads efforts in technology and architecture with strategic customers and partners throughout the Western Hemisphere, and helps to define future EMC offering portfolios incorporating Isilon, including business and technology requirements. He served on Board of Directors of the SNIA, is the former co-chair of the SNIA Analytics and Big Data Committee, and of the SNIA Tutorials. He has extensive experience in data management and analysis, high-performance computing, distributed cluster architectures, I/O performance optimization, cloud storage, replication and archiving strategy, networking protocols, storage virtualization, and is a sought-after speaker and panelist at leading storage and cloud-related seminars and conferences worldwide. He was named an EMC Elect in 2014 and was one of 25 senior executives worldwide selected for the CRN ‘Storage Superstars’ Award in 2010.

Prior to joining EMC Isilon in May 2011, Mr. Peglar was a Senior Fellow and Vice President of Technology at Xiotech for eleven years. Prior to Xiotech, he held key technology specialist and engineering leadership positions over a ten-year period at StorageTek and its subsidiary, Network Systems Corporation. Prior to StorageTek, he held engineering development and product management positions for a decade at Control Data and its supercomputer division, ETA Systems.

Mr. Peglar holds the B.S. degree in Computer Science from Washington University, St. Louis Missouri, and performed graduate work at Washington University’s Sever Institute of Engineering. His research background includes distributed systems, I/O performance analysis, queuing theory, parallel systems architecture and OS design, storage networking protocols, clustering algorithms and virtual systems

Neil Richards, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law, is an internationally-recognized expert in the fields of privacy, First Amendment, and information law. His recent work explores the complex relationships between free speech and privacy in cyberspace. Professor Richards’ articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Georgetown Law Journal, among other journals. His book, entitled Intellectual Privacy, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2014. Professor Richards also co-directs both the Washington University-Cambridge University International Privacy Law Conference and the Washington University Free Speech Conference.

Scott Shaw, with has over a decade experience in data management, Scott is a frequent speaker at local and national community events and is the co-leader for the PASS Virtual Chapter on Virtualization. Scott has co-authored two books on T-SQL. He teaches Pig, Hive, Hadoop, SQL Server, and Microsoft BI related courses. He lives in Saint Louis and is a Solutions Engineer for Hortonworks.

Todd Speck, Director, Intel’s Datacenter Software Division. In his current role, Todd drives the global adoption of Intel’s Hadoop strategy. He assists customers and partners with harnessing the power of Big Data. Deliver Software and Services which ensure security, high-performance, and openness in this space. Empower the Hadoop community to demonstrate the true value of data – from the enterprise to the everyday.

John Tran, Senior Architect at NVIDIA, where he works on improving GPU processors for general purpose computing. He used to study real time computer graphics.



Karl Wehden, Information Governance and Security Strategist, IBM, has over 15 years of experience in the high technology and finance sectors. Karl works with IBM global clients to engage highly effective strategies for information security, in a wide variety of sectors and economic environments. He has served as an Information Security Officer at Morgan Stanley, a national program director for Oracle, and has delivered major initiatives both as part of the business and as a trusted partner. Karl brings a proven track record of developing highly relevant engagement strategies for governance and security. Karl works with customers in regulated industries worldwide for IBM, developing and targeting usage of control frameworks, organizational strategies and business measurement approaches for Information Governance and Security.

Karl is based in Seattle, Washington in the USA and has worldwide responsibility for strategy delivery for Information Governance and Data Security strategy.

Kilian Q. Weinberger, Assistant Professor of Machine Learning (Department of Computer Science), Washington University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Machine Learning under the supervision of Lawrence Saul. Prior to this, he obtained his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Oxford. During his career he has won several best paper awards at ICML, CVPR and AISTATS. In 2011 he was awarded the AAAI senior program chair award and in 2012 he received the NSF CAREER award. Kilian Weinberger’s research is in Machine Learning and its applications. In particular, he focuses on high dimensional data analysis, metric learning, machine learned web-search ranking, transfer- and multi-task learning as well as bio medical applications. Prior to joining Washington University, he was a member of the Yahoo! Research Lab in Santa Clara, where he actively worked on the web search engine, the email spam filter and various other large scale machine learning algorithms.

Tom Wheeler, Senior Curriculum Developer at Cloudera, whose career spans more than fifteen years in the communications, biotech, financial, healthcare, aerospace, and defense industries. Before joining Cloudera in 2011, he developed engineering software at Boeing, helped to design and implement a high-volume data processing system for WebMD, and served as senior programmer/analyst for a brokerage firm.