Speakers' Bios

T.J. Alumbaugh, Computer Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
T.J. Alumbaugh is a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. He received his M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005, where he also received undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. His primary professional interest is in massively parallel software for the simulation of physical phenomena. He was formerly a research assistant at the Center for the Simulation of Advanced Rockets in Champaign, Illinois. Currently, he is the Computer Science team leader for a software tool used to design experiments for the National Ignition Facility, the world's largest laser, currently under construction at Lawrence Livermore. The laser facility is expected to be operational in late 2009.

Andy AngelosANDY Angelos, Digital Influence Group, Zocalo Group
Andy Angelos is a self-described Information Zealot - an individual most contented making sense of the large quantities of data provided by the digital revolution. As an Information Zealot, Andy has launched a successful multi-media publication dedicated to emerging technologies in the Midwest and more recently contributed to leading social media blogs such as Mashable. Both publications allowed Andy to explore the myriad of 21st century business models partly produced by an increase in open-sourced projects. Andy currently spends time helping Zocalo Group - a Chicago based Word of Mouth Marketing Agency - with digital strategies for a variety of consumer brands. You can connect with Andy at http://sociallystandard.com or http://andyangelos.com

Chris ClevelandCHRIS Cleveland, CEO and Founder of Dieselpoint, Inc
As chief architect of Dieselpoint solution, Chris developed the unique index structures that enable high-speed full-text search and faceted navigation of large datasets. Originally designed for searching industrial catalogs, the Dieselpoint solution evolved to become a generalized solution for searching and navigating any data with both structured and unstructured elements. It is now used in numerous applications for searching documents, databases, XML, and product catalogs. Dieselpoint has customers in publishing, retail, wholesale, government, technology, healthcare, and knowledge management. Prior to founding Dieselpoint, Chris spent 10 years as CEO of Genesee Development Group, Inc., a systems consulting firm in Chicago, specializing in large-scale database development. Prior to that, he ran congressional campaigns and served as a staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives. Chris has an MBA from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

DAVID Cuka, Vice President, Bank of America
David Cuka received his Master's Degree in Computer Science from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He has a broad background in the computer field with notable experience with embedded systems programming, software engineering, domain engineering, technology transfer, software process and open source solutions. David was an early adopter of Linux while at Lucent Technologies. At Motorola, he managed a group of developers using Open Source software to create multimodal applications. At present, David works at Bank of America as part of a team that oversees the use of Open Source.

Josh EllithorpeJOSH Ellithorpe
As a long time Mac advocate, Josh has been in the industry over twelve years now. Currently he spends his days creating/managing databases, designing web sites, teaching web development, and writing software for Mac OS X. Some say computers consume his life, and he wouldn't have it any other way. For more information about Josh, you can visit http://intrarts.com

Brian GorbettBRIAN Gorbett, Architect, Microsoft
Brian Gorbett is an Architect in Microsoft's Developer & Platform Evangelism (DPE) Division, responsible for engaging partners and customers around developer tools and platform technologies. An active Web developer and technologist, Gorbett has contributed to national publications on Microsoft technologies and still codes on a daily basis. He has recently been working on delivering rich user experiences using the Azure Services Platform and demonstrating the power of the platform to partners and customers. Before joining Microsoft, Gorbett managed a team of developers and designers responsible for delivering next generation rich Internet applications. He is a Certified ScrumMaster and regularly speaks on agile development and foundation principles in development. Gorbett resides in Chicago, IL, but can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Second Life, BrianGorbett.com, or just about any other social network.

Xiaoping JiaXIAOPING Jia, Professor of software Engineering and the Director of the Institute for Software Engineering at the School of Computing, DePaul University.
Xiaoping Jia has been an author, researcher, and educator in software engineering for nearly 20 years. He and his team have developed many open source projects for education and research purposes. He received his Ph.D. in computer science in computer science from Northwestern University, and B.S. and M.S. in computer science from Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

SUMIT Nijhawan, Group Leader of Product Development, Infogix
Nijhawan is the Group Leader for Product Development at Infogix. In this role, Sumit supports all product development functions including product management, new product development and enhancements to current Infogix products. Previously, Sumit worked for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, SPSS, Inc., and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sumit received a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and chemistry from Coe College and a Ph.D. in engineering from Brown University. Sumit also completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.

Scott VanDenPlasSCOTT VanDenPlas - Engineer - skinnyCorp/Threadless
Scott is part of the cadre of amazing engineers responsible for Threadless, and is currently working on open source systems and network architecture. Scott has previously worked in IT management with the Field Museum of Natural History and in the mortgage banking industry as an IT executive. As hobbies, Scott enjoys amateur shot-putting and Tejo, the only two
international sports to involve explosives.
Check out his blog at http://scottvdp.com or follow him at

Dr. KONSTANTIN Läufer, Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, Loyola University
Konstantin Läufer is a professor of computer science at Loyola
University Chicago. His research interests include programming languages, software architecture and frameworks, distributed systems, mobile and embedded computing, human-computer interaction, and educational technology. Läufer has a PhD in computer science from the Courant Institute at New York University.

Phil GomesPhil Gomes, Senior Vice President with Edelman Digital
Phil enjoys wide industry recognition as an expert on the intersection of emerging media technologies and corporate communications. As a speaker on this topic, Phil has presented to the Forbes Forum For Dynamic Mid-Sized Companies, the Public Relations Society Of America (PRSA), International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), the Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications (AEJMC), Associação Brasileira de Comunicação Empresarial (ABERJE), the International Institute for Research in the Middle East (IIRME), and New Communications Forum. Phil is also considered by most participants in the public relations profession to be the first in the field to start a blog ? August 2001. In addition, Phil has been an invited guest lecturer at San Francisco State University. In 2006-2007, he developed and delivered the word-of-mouth marketing certificate curriculum for the Association of National Advertisers (ANA). Phil earned a B.A. in communications from Saint Mary's College of California, graduating at the top of his department, and served as general manager of the campus radio station, KSMC-FM. He is also founding fellow for the Society for New Communications Research, launched in November 2005, and was conferred an award of merit for his corporate blog work for dotMobi in November 2007.


Harper ReedHARPER Reed,CTO, Skinnycorp/Threadless, Inc.
Harper Reed is the amazing CTO for the awesome Threadless.com. He is responsible (along with a cadre of amazing engineers) for bringing Threadless.com from the mean streets of startupville to the gold paved streets of enterprise city. Harper oversees the architecture, execution and maintenance of skinnyCorp's community websites. He is waiting for the singularity. When not causing problems with technology, Harper can be found yoyoing, juggling and hacking random internet appliances. You can read his blog at nata2.org.

Daliah SaperDALIAH Saper, Saper Law Offices, LLC
Daliah Saper is the principal attorney at Saper Law and has served as counsel to many technology and media companies. She is a member of the Illinois Bar and both the General Bar and Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. As a litigator she handles cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, online defamation, and commercial disputes. As a transactional lawyer she helps clients choose the right business entity, drafts bylaws and operating agreements, negotiates contracts and licenses, and provides comprehensive trademark and copyright counseling. Daliah has been profiled in several publications including: National Jurist Magazine, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, and the Chicago Reader. Most recently, she was named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers magazine. She received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she was a staff member on the Journal of Law Technology and Policy and served as President of the Intellectual Property Law Society. She has extensive overseas experience, having studied at Fudan University in Shanghai and the City University School of Business in London. She speaks Hebrew and Farsi. Her complete bio can be found at www.saperlaw.com.

Kevin P. TaylorKEVIN P. Taylor, President, Obtiva
Kevin P. Taylor founded Obtiva (http://obtiva.com) in 2005 to help teams get better at using agile practices, thereby delivering value through working software. Using agile practices itself, Obtiva delivers significant projects in Java, Eclipse RCP, Ruby on Rails, and other technologies. Kevin is the author of both training courses and articles related to agile practices (technical and management), test-driven development, and programming. He is a speaker at conferences and user groups around the U.S., including the Agile Conference, EclipseCon, and EclipseWorld.

Eric WaltmireERIC Waltmire, Patent Attorney, Erickson Law Group
Eric R. Waltmire is a registered patent attorney at the Erickson Law Group, which helps businesses and independent inventors gain market advantage by identifying and protecting their intellectual property. Eric handles a range of intellectual property matters with an emphasis on Internet, computer science, and electronic technologies. He serves as the chairman of the Internet and Computer Law Subcommittee of the Illinois State Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section Council. Eric has a B.S. in Computer Science. He graduated magna cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law where he served as an articles editor on the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. Before joining the Erickson Law Group, he clerked for the judges of the Eighteenth Circuit Court of Illinois. Eric is admitted to practice law in Illinois, in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Rakesh MadhavaRAKESH Madhava, CEO NEXPOINT.COM
Nextpoint is an industry leader in Litigation Process Automation (LPA), a set of technology tools and processes that increase efficiency and reduce cost in every phase of itigation. Nextpoint provides a litigation advantage to corporate law departments and law firms by deliver innovative technology that improves trial team performance, from e-Discovery through trial. Under Rakesh's leadership, Nextpoint has been retained by a number of Fortune 500 companies including ExxonMobil, Verizon, Morgan Stanley, Pfizer and Bayer AG, as well as top tier law firms including McDermott Will & Emery, Winston & Strawn, Kirkland & Ellis, Shearman & Sterling, Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel, and Novack & Macey. Notable engagements the company has successfully been retained on include U.S. v. Ryan, U.S. v. Razmilovic, et al. (Symbol Technologies), Coleman Inc.(Ron Perelman) v. Morgan Stanley, Verizon v. Vonnage, Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) multi-district litigation. Rakesh is a frequent speaker and participant at legal technology industry events and served as an adjunct lecturer at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University on new media topics.

David SchachDAVID Schach, President, X-Squared On Demand
David runsX-Squared On Demand LLC, a salesforce.com partner in an effort to deliver the full-range of Salesforce CRM and Force.com Platform capabilities in a low-cost, high-value package. David worked as the Salesforce System Administrator at the Chicago Mercantile
Exchange before becoming System Administrator, Data Consultant, and Sales Engineer at Model Metrics, a salesforce.com implementation partner. He was responsible for designing Salesforce.com architectures and for teaching
consultants to use the newest technologies available. David's project history includes implementations and optimizations for Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and small-businesses. After achieving a Level 2 Consultant Authorization, David received the first ever Salesforce.com Product Competency Authorization, for Sales Force Automation. He followed
this with competencies in Partner Relationship Management, Salesforce Mobile, and Service & Support—the only consultant in the world to hold all four product competencies. He is also one of the first 500 Salesforce CRM Certified Administrators and Certified Developers. David has an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University in
the City of New York, and is pursuing a Master of Medical Informatics degree at Northwestern University. His long-term goal is to create a national cloud-computing electronic health record system built upon the Force.com Platform.

Todd PombertTODD Pombert, SVP of IT Financial Services, NET(net), Inc.
As the Senior Vice President of IT Financial Management, Mr. Pombert leads NET(net)'s IT Financial Management efforts. As such, he is responsible for providing IT financial strategy, developing business cases and negotiating complex contractual agreements to create value for NET(net)'s clients. His areas of specialty includes IT finance and IT outsourcing agreements.
Mr. Pombert's career has spanned across several aspects of
information technology serving in technical and leadership roles. In previous years he has led technology sourcing organizations focusing on IT finance and supplier life cycle management including outsourcing management. He started his technical career as an information systems architect and
subsequently led engineering teams in the implementation of large ERP, BI, eCommerce and telephony infrastructure.
Prior to joining NET(net), Mr. Pombert was the Director of IT for ServiceMaster where he led the asset & supplier management, engineering and IT support teams. He also previously worked at Andersen Consulting delivering infrastructure outsourcing and hosting engagements.
He received his MBA in Finance and Marketing at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management. With his breadth of technical and business experience, Mr. Pombert helps NET(net)'s clients to realize maximum value
from their supplier relationships.

Christopher LeeChristopher Lee, Partner, Kenetica
Christopher Lee is a Partner at Kenetica, LLC, a Chicago-based management consulting company focused on helping technology startups and international companies who are looking to launch their product in the United States.
Christopher received his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001, and a Master's Degree in Software Engineering from DePaul University in 2003.
Recently, Kenetica, along with Saper Law, performed an open-source software audit for one of their clients and through this process, the idea for OSSCheck was born. OSSCheck, a web-based application to help businesses, developers, and their attorneys collaborate on open-source licensing audits,
will be demoed by Christopher at the end of the symposium.