About our Committee

The Accumulo Summit Program Committee is a group of volunteers whose goal is to select the most interesting Apache Accumulo® content for the Summit.

Aaron Cordova

Aaron Cordova

Cofounder and Chief Technical Officer, Koverse

Aaron Cordova is the original founder of the Accumulo project and led the development through the release of version 1.0. Since then Aaron has helped organizations build big data capabilities around Accumulo and has contributed to growing the Accumulo community, including organizing Accumulo meetups and writing the O’Reilly book on Accumulo with two others. He is currently CTO and co-founder of Koverse Inc. who recently announced a partnership with Cloudera to provide expertise and enhancements around Accumulo.

Andrew Farris

Andrew Farris

Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

Drew Farris is a software developer and technology consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton where he helps his client solve problems related to large scale analytics, distributed computing and machine learning. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and a contributing author to Manning Publications’ “Taming Text” and the Booz Allen Hamilton “Field Guide to Data Science”.

Adam Fuchs

Adam Fuchs

Cofounder and Chief Technical Officer, Sqrrl

As the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Sqrrl, Adam Fuchs is responsible for ensuring that Sqrrl is leading the world in Big Data Infrastructure technology. Previously at the National Security Agency, Adam was an innovator and technical director for several database projects, handling some of the world’s largest and most diverse data sets. He is a co-founder of the Apache Accumulo project. Adam has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington and has completed extensive graduate-level course work at the University of Maryland.

Dan Hood

Dan Hood

Chief Technology Officer, ClearEdge IT Solutions

Dan Hood is the Chief Technology Officer at ClearEdge IT Solutions, where he helps customers develop distributed software for Big Data problems. He has led various efforts that utilize Apache Accumulo and has focused on applications that require real-time user interaction. Dan has a B.S. & M.S. in Computer Science from UMBC where he has gone on to teach a wide range of courses as an adjunct faculty member for over a decade. He has also taught various Big Data courses within the commercial and DoD communities.

Thomas Kulish

Thomas Kulish

Chief Architect, ClearEdge IT Solutions

Thomas Kulish is the Chief Architect at ClearEdge IT Solutions, LLC where he helps lead teams developing distributed software for Big Data analytics. Thomas has designed and implemented large scale applications that use Accumulo in a multitude of use cases; from large distributed data stores to machine learning analytic repositories. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Alex Moundalexis

Alex Moundalexis

Solutions Architect, Cloudera

Alex Moundalexis is a Solutions Architect for Cloudera Government Solutions and contributor to Apache Accumulo. Alex has spent the last year installing and configuring Hadoop clusters across the United States for a variety of commercial and government customers. Before entering the land of Big Data, Alex spent the better part of ten years wrangling Linux server farms and writing Perl as a contractor to the Department of Defense and Department of Justice. He likes shiny objects.

Don Miner

Don Miner

Founding Partner, Miner & Kasch

Donald Miner is founder of the data science firm Miner & Kasch and specializes in Hadoop enterprise architecture and applying machine learning to real-world business problems. Donald is author of the O’Reilly book MapReduce Design Patterns, and the O’Reilly reports “Hadoop with Python” and “What You Need To Know About Hadoop". He has architected and implemented dozens of mission-critical and large-scale Hadoop systems within the U.S. Government and Fortune 500 companies. He has applied machine learning techniques to analyze data across several verticals, including financial, retail, telecommunications, healthcare, government intelligence, and entertainment. His PhD is from UMBC, where he focused on machine learning and multi-agent systems.

Corey Nolet

Corey Nolet

Senior Software Engineer, Tetra Concepts, LLC

Corey Nolet received his bachelor's degree from UMBC and his master's degree from Johns Hopkins, both in Computer Science. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D.at UMBC in the same discipline focusing primarily on machine learning. Corey has worked as a committer on Apache Accumulo since 2013 and has been designing architectures using Accumulo and Hadoop since 2010. As a co-founder of the open-source organization, Calrissian, the maintainers of the Accumulo Recipes project, he has a passion for helping drive the big data community toward more real-time data processing capabilities. His passions also include utilizing machine learning for rapid decision making and tagging of data.

Billie Rinaldi

Billie Rinaldi

Senior Member of Technical Staff, Hortonworks

Billie Rinaldi is a Senior Member of Technical Staff at Hortonworks, Inc., currently prototyping new features related to application monitoring and deployment in the Apache Hadoop ecosystem. Prior to August 2012, Billie engaged in big data science and research at the National Security Agency. Since 2008, she has been providing technical leadership regarding the software that is now Apache Accumulo. Billie is the VP of Apache Accumulo, the Accumulo Project Management Committee Chair, and a member of the Apache Software Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.