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Advisors

Dr. Steve Bourne

Steve Bourne is a computer scientist that is internationally known for his work on the UNIX operating system.  While at Bell Laboratories, Steve designed the UNIX Command Language known as the “Bourne Shell”.  It is the standard command line interface to UNIX and is widely used today in scripting in the UNIX programming environment.

Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King’s College London, England.  He has a Diploma (or Master’s degree) in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Trinity College, Cambridge.  While at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, he worked on an ALGOL 68compiler and CAMAL, an early algebra system.

After Cambridge, Steve spent nine years at Bell Labs with the Seventh Edition Unix team.  As well as the Bourne shell, he wrote the adbdebugger and published The UNIX System, the second book on the UNIX system, intended for a general readership.  This book is recognized as a text for the effective use of UNIX.

After Bell Labs, he spent twenty years in senior engineering management positions.  At Cisco Systems, he was director of engineering for enterprise network management; at Sun Microsystems, he managed the Solaris 2.0 program; at Digital Equipment Corporation, he developed DEC’s first RISC-based workstation; and at Silicon Graphics, he was Director of Software Engineering, responsible for the introduction of the IRIS, the company’s first graphics workstation.

From 2000 to 2002 he was President of the Association for Computing Machinery.  For his work on computing, he was made a Fellow of the ACM in 2005.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

At present, Steve is chief technology officer at Rally Venture Partners, a Menlo Park-based venture capital group in California. He is also the chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for ACM Queue, a magazine he helped found when he was President of the ACM.

Dr. John Mashey

John Mashey is a consultant for venture capitalists and technology companies.  He focuses on computer architecture, sensor networks and social network analysis.  John’s clients, past and present, include venture capitalists, law firms and technology companies.  He has served on the advisory boards of several startups, including Dust Networks and Streetline.

Prior to joining Techviser, John was Chief Scientist at computer pioneer Silicon Graphics, where he traveled the world evangelizing new systems and software.  He pioneered talks about big data applications.  He has held senior engineering management positions at MIPS, Convergent Technologies and Bell Laboratories.  At Bell Laboratories he wrote significant parts of the UNIX shell.

Mashey was one of the founders of the SPEC benchmarking group, was an ACM National Lecturer for four years, has been guest editor for IEEE Micro, and one of the long-time organizers of the Hot Chips conferences. Additionally, he has chaired technical conferences on operating systems and CPU chips, and has given more than 500 public talks on software engineering, RISC design, performance benchmarking and supercomputing.  In recent years, he has been involved with wireless sensor networking, energy efficiency and climate issues, the last profiled in Science, June 2011.

John is on the board of the Computer History Museum.  He blogs to defend climate scientists and understand how messages are amplified using social media.  He has a Ph.D. in computer science and BS in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Ian Page

Professor Ian Page graduated with degrees in Electronics and Systems Engineering.  His career started with several years working in large-company R&D centers in the computing and electronics fields until becoming an academic in 1976.  As a senior academic at the University of Oxford, Page invented an ESL ‘software-to-hardware’ conversion technology.  Working mainly in parallel computing and hardware/software co-design he created a spinout company from his Hardware Compilation Research Group at the University of Oxford in 1996.  The company, Celoxica, floated on the London AIM market in 2005 and has high-tech, blue chip customers around the world.

Since 2003, Page has been running a technology investment fund in the UK.  His major role is Business Development Director of Seven Spires Investments, an early-stage, high-tech investment fund established with £25m of private money.  He manages investments of up £1 million per year per company and sits on the boards of most investee companies.

Page also maintains a small amount of independent consultancy work together with some entrepreneurship teaching.He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Computing at Imperial College, University of London.  He is also Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Reading, and undertakes occasional independent consulting activities.

Sumeet Singh

Sumeet Singh is Senior Director of Product Management, Cloud and Big Data Platforms in the Cloud Engineering Group at Yahoo! where he is responsible for all aspects of Hadoop product management and marketing, customer engagements, and grid on boarding.  He has also led strategy functions for the 1000-person Cloud Platform Group at Yahoo! comprised of Cloud and Hadoop Grid, Knowledge and Personalization, Core Content, and Mobile and Presentation services that powers most of Yahoo!’s consumer and advertising businesses.

Sumeet has over 14 years of product management, product development, and sales and marketing strategy experience in high-tech and telecommunications industries.  Prior to joining Yahoo!, Sumeet managed client engagements for Deloitte Consulting bay area strategy practice where he advised senior management of technology and telecommunications companies on a variety of strategic and operational issues for driving both near and long-term growth objectives.  Before Deloitte, Sumeet was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Dell Force10 Networks (formerly Turin Networks), and has also held engineering positions with Cisco Systems, Infosys Technologies, and Tata Automation.

Sumeet holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Strategy from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, an M.S. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.Eng. (Honors) in Electronics and Communications Engineering from National Institute of Technology, India.

Dr. Richard Wirt

Dr. Richard Wirt was Vice President, Intel Senior Fellow and General Manager of Intel Corporation’s Software and Solutions Group.  Dr. Wirt serves on the Open Source Development Lab board that helps set the Linux roadmap for the industry.  He also serves on the Board of Advisors in Computer Science and Engineering for both John Hopkins University and the University of Illinois.

Dr. Wirt is a frequent speaker in professional society forums such as Linux World, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Mesa Workshop, and the Intel Developer Forum.  Dr. Wirt received his Doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Physics.  He joined Intel in 1981 as part of the Intel team that worked with IBM on software for the first IBM PC platform.  He has been instrumental in creating and enhancing the value of Intel’s silicon and platforms through innovation in software technology.  Dr. Wirt made extensive contributions to the success of multiple generations of Intel processors and spearheaded early efforts to port UNIX to the Intel Architecture, including Intel-based multiprocessor systems.  He was first named an Intel Fellow in 1990 and promoted to an Intel Senior Fellow in 2002, the highest rank for technologists in Intel, for his significant contributions to operating systems and compilers and more recently in getting this support across the Intel processors spanning communications and computing.  Dr. Wirt served in the Peace Corps in the 1960s and taught mathematics in the South Pacific Islands.