Congratulations to the 2014-2016 USENIX Board of Directors

We are pleased to present the 2014-2016 USENIX Board of Directors

President: Brian Noble, University of Michigan

Brian Noble is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education for the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. He was the Program Chair of the 2003 USENIX Annual Technical Conference, the co-chair of the 2005 USENIX/ACM MobiSys, and has served as the Treasurer for the past six years.


Vice-President: John Yani Arrasjid, VMware

John Yani Arrasjid is a Principal Architect at VMware, Inc. He is currently developing training and reference material for infrastructure architects with a charter to increase the number of VMware solutions architects. John’s first USENIX conference was the 1989 San Diego Winter USENIX conference. John has written three USENIX Short Topics in System Administration books. John spent four years developing and maintaining cloud reference architectures released as a book in 2013. He also developed the VCDX boot camp book. John holds a B.S. Computer Science degree from SUNY Buffalo. John’s Twitter handle is @vcdx001.


Secretary: Carolyn Rowland, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Carolyn Rowland started her professional IT career in 1991 and currently leads an IT operations team in the Engineering Laboratory at NIST. She chaired LISA 2012 and co-chaired the Women in Advanced Computing (WiAC) Summit in 2012 and 2013.


Treasurer: Kurt Opsahl, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Kurt Opsahl is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties organization dedicated to defending privacy, free expression and innovation in a digital age. Opsahl is the project lead for EFF’s Coders’ Rights Project, and has worked on numerous EFF cases, such as the reporters’ privilege for online journalists, a TRO against a security vulnerability presentation, and the constitutionality of the NSA spying programs.



Cat Allman, Google

My first employment with what is now called free and open source software was with Mt Xinu in the 1980s. I am currently in my 7th year as outreach manager to the global FOSS community with Google’s Open Source team.


David N. Blank-Edelman, Northeastern University

David N. Blank-Edelman is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science and the author of O’Reilly’s Automating System Administration with Perl. He has spent the past 29+ years as a system/network administrator in large multi-platform environments, including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, and the MIT Media Laboratory.


Daniel V. Klein, Google

My first conference was Austin, 1980. I started teaching in 1983, Chaired the Winter 1990 conference, served on 5 Program Committees, gave 9 IT’s, published 7 refereed papers, was Invited Talks Coordinator and Education Director (responsible for USENIX’s largest income stream).

I conceived the invited talks track, the guru sessions, and pioneered many other conference innovations including the popular LISA Soft-Topics track. I now work at Google Pittsburgh.


Hakim Weatherspoon, Cornell University

Hakim Weatherspoon is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University. His research interests cover various aspects of fault-tolerance, reliability, security, and performance of large -Internet-scale systems such as cloud computing and distributed systems. Professor Weatherspoon received his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley and B.S. from University of Washington. He is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow and recipient of an NSF CAREER award, DARPA Computer Science Study Panel (CSSP), IBM Faculty Award, the NetApp Faculty Fellowship, Intel Early Career Faculty Honor, and the Future Internet Architecture award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).