Wolfgang Gentzsch
President & Co-Founder of UberCloud
Wolfgang is an industry executive consultant for high performance, technical and cloud computing. He was the Chairman of the Intl. ISC Cloud Conference Series, an Advisor to the EU projects DEISA and EUDAT, directed the German D-Grid Initiative, was a Director of the Open Grid Forum, Managing Director of the North Carolina Supercomputer Center (MCNC), and a member of the US President’s Council on Science & Technology PCAST. In the 90s Wolfgang founded several HPC companies, including Gridware (which developed the distributed resource management software Grid Engine) acquired by Sun where he became Sun’s Senior Director of Grid Computing
Burak Yenier
CEO & Co-Founder of UberCloud
Burak is a regular speaker about High Performance Computing, Cloud and Software Containers. He is an expert in large-scale, high availability systems and cloud. As an early SaaS proponent, Burak's management experience spans software development and operations. His most recent role was as the Vice President of Operations of a Silicon Valley SaaS company in banking. Burak built the company's cloud infrastructure and operations from scratch and for scale. He also managed all the data centers and the digital payment operations. Burak simplifies the lives of engineers with powerful, easy to use compute environments in the Cloud.
Thomas Francis
Head of Products of UberCloud
Thomas has broad industry experience in enterprise software, cloud and IT operations. His most recent role was as Director of Software and Cloud Strategy at Dell. While at Dell he launched multiple cloud businesses including Dell Cloud Business Applications and Dell Cloud Marketplace. Previously, Thomas has held leadership roles in various technology companies including SanDisk and Landmark Graphics, a maker of 3D seismic interpretation software. Thomas has a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from UT Arlington and an MBA from UC Berkeley and is based in Silicon Valley.
Ali Kutay
Board Member of UberCloud
Ali currently serves as Chairman and CEO of WebAction, a big data company that offers a real time stream analytics platform to help businesses deal with high volumes of data by offering quick insights. Previously, Mr. Kutay served as the Chairman, President and CEO of GoldenGate Software, Inc., which was later acquired by Oracle. From 1998 to 2003 Mr. Kutay served as the Chairman and CEO of AltoWeb Inc. which he founded in 1999. From 1997 to 1998, Mr. Kutay held the role as the President and CEO of WebLogic Inc., which was merged with BEA Systems Inc. in 1998, and later acquired by Oracle.
Roland Manger
Board Member of UberCloud
Roland Manger is a co-founder and partner of Earlybird, an investment fund-based in Europe that focuses on emerging companies. He was a board member of abaXX Technology AG, where he was a driving force behind its sale to Cordys; also, as Board member of Purple Labs, Roland co-initiated its sale to Esmertec AG, which listed on the Swiss Exchange. Further, he was a board member of Scoreloop AG, which was sold to RIM. Roland also served on the board of Myriad Software Group AG and UPEK. He gained entrepreneurial experience when he joined the founder team of Cybernet AG, a provider of internet and system integration services which was subsequently listed on NASDAQ and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and later sold to PSINet and at Ditec AG, where he was Director of Business Development. Previously, he worked as a strategy consultant and principal with Gemini Consulting in the telecom and media industries. He studied business, operations research and computer science at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, graduating with a degree. Roland has an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

UberCloud Experiment Team Mentors

Dennis Nagy is a broad expert in engineering simulation (CAE), with over 40 years of experience from R&D, university teaching, through commercial software development, support, sales, sales and marketing management, to executive management. He is the Principal at BeyondCAE, a strategy and business development consulting activity. Dennis is also currently a member of the NAFEMS Americas Steering Committee. http://www.linkedin.com/in/dennisnagy

Gregory Shirin is highly diversified, educated, energetic and result oriented Senior Program / Project manager with over 40 years of experience from various functions in SW development in Grid and Cloud Computing, including New Product Introduction, HW&SW Life Cycle, OEM, Partners and Business Development. He is currently consulting at Grid Dynamics. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/gregory-shirin/12/ab4/600

Henrik Nordborg has 20+ years of experience in scientific and high-performance computing from academic research and industrial R&D. He has worked with scientific parallel programming and with many commercial software packages and has extensive experience with project management in an industrial setting. He is currently head of the NAFEMS Multiphysics Working Group and managing the Microsoft Innovation Center for Technical Computing in Rapperswil. http://www.linkedin.com/in/henriknordborg

Margarette Ell-Kesselman is a highly proactive, performance-driven Program/Project Manager with 8 years of experience in various fields from Intellectual Property to Semiconductors and Medical Devices. She is recognized for consistent success in developing the processes and procedures to streamline operations and enhance revenue performance. Versatile, innovative, and loyal management professional able to see the “big picture” while staying on top of all the details. http://www.linkedin.com/in/margarettekesselman

Sharan Kalwani is a broad expert in HPC, technical/scientific computing, bioinformatics and modeling+simulations using CAE, with over 25+ years of experience from R&D, enjoys technical teaching both at the High School & University level, is a seasoned project manager, has done commercial software development, end user support, is very active in various user groups and the IEEE. He has vast experience in enterprise level operations management as well. You can find him at http://www.linkedin.com/in/sharankalwani

Tim Stitt has spent the last 10 years within the HPC community providing user support and HPC services to users at national labs. Past assignments have included stints at the Irish High-End Computing Center (ICHEC) and the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS). Tim has also made contributions to HPC training and outreach as a past leader of the European PRACE project. Currently, Tim helps manage a HPC center at a University in the USA, with over 1,500 users and over 150 software packages. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tim-stitt/4b/6a0/255

Dr. Murat Sabanca is an expert in scientific numerical and parallel high-performance computations related to flow and acoustics. Murat has worked for many years as an R&D engineer in Automotive Industry, Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering as well as in scientific research institutes and lead many projects. Since founding ADVECTION TECHNOLOGIES, he is focussed on multi-physics solutions for its OEM customers as well as standardization of the simulation processes.

Dr. Leandro Gryngarten has broad experience in high-performance computing, numerical analysis, and software development. On a daily basis, he has been using HPC resources and developing specialized software for them for the last 10+ years, particularly for applied research, including aerospace and cardiovascular applications. He has a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, co-founded HPC Solves to help end-users reach the potential of supercomputing, and is a researcher at Emory University. http://www.linkedin.com/in/leandrogryngarten

Dr. Wilfried Stuettgen has 25+ years of experience in massive-parallel and high-performance computing from academic research and industrial R&D to commercial business applications. He is Principal Consultant at ict GmbH, a Fujitsu Company, supporting Fujitsu‘s global HPC activities. His focus is on the software, developing and optimizing parallel applications, and working on Service-oriented and Web-based Architectures and new topics like integrated software frameworks for distributed HPC. https://www.linkedin.com/pub/wilfried-stuettgen/a/139/209

Community Advocates

Mio Suzuki is an analysis engineer at Trek Bicycle Corporation. She has successfully introduced cloud-based high performance computing at Trek, where the expanded computational power has been integral part of R&D success. Always eager to explore game-changing computational solutions, she has been an enthusiastic participant of UberCloud Experiment as an end-user: Round 2 (Team 58), Round 4 (Team 113), and Round 7 (Team 190). http://www.linkedin.com/in/miocfd

Frank Ding is the Engineering Analysis & Computing Manager at Simpson Strong-Tie, a structural building product manufacturer. He is responsible for the company’s engineering simulation and high performance computing. Before joining Simpson Strong-Tie, he worked for several years as a simulation engineer in the automotive industry. Frank is an early adopter of HPC for simulation-driven design, and a huge fan of Linux-based cluster computing. Frank has been one of the first few participants of the UberCloud Experiment: Round 1 (Team 1) and Round 2 (Team 47) http://www.linkedin.com/in/fxding

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