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Amy Cannon

Amy Cannon has worked at Omnibond for 10 years, where her Business Development skills allow her to engage with customers and partners, teaching how HPC and Cloud help solve scientific problems. Outside of work she enjoys spending time in nature as well as helping others grow their HPC, HTC, AI, and Cloud Computing knowledge.



Dr. Linda Hayden

Dr. Linda Hayden holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Education. She leads workforce development activities for the NSF Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI). In that position she works to train the next generation of gateway developers and users. Professor Hayden is an NSF Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.


Josh Kissel

Josh has worked at Omnibond for the past two years and helps with Hackathon website maintenance. He got his first computer in 1993 when his parents brought home a Gateway in a black and white spotted box. When not helping with hackathons he enjoys cartography, playing with dogs, and snowshoeing.


Alex Nolte

Hi, I’m Alex. I am a Lecturer at the University of Tartu in Estonia and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh working in the area of human computer interaction. I am an avid hackathon enthusiast and I have participated in, co-organized, served as a mentor and studied countless hackathons over the past years with no end in sight. Outside of work I fiddle with any gadget I can get my hand on, play video games, cook and do BBQ


Je'aime Powell

Hello my name is Je’aime. I am a Systems Administrator and a researcher on high performance computers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. My first computer was a Commedore64 and I have been fortunate to work in the field since I was a sophomore in high school. Currently, I work closely with scientists to design and build remote environmental sensors that send data directly into science gateways for use in analysis and modelling varied natural processes. On the weekend you can often find me volunteering or in the woods camping.


Boyd Wilson

Boyd Wilson, CEO of Omnibond Systems, has extensive experience and leadership in the areas of software development, system administration, storage architectures and business models. Formerly, Boyd served as Software CTO and also Executive Director over computing operations at Clemson University and had research computing as part of his purview. He has participated in various academic grants, papers and workshops in the areas of parallel storage, cloud computing and computational infrastructure. Boyd’s current focus lies in 4 areas: first- computer vision, ai, and real-time traffic analytics with TrafficVision; second- high-performance computing and storage with CloudyCluster and OrangeFS; third- identity and security management; fourth- wake surfing and riding a boosted board around cities while traveling.


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