Parimal Kopardekar, Allan Leinwand, and Jim Zemlin discuss the future of network giants, from the air traffic industry to cloud computing.
Parimal Kopardekar, Manager of NextGen Concepts and Technologies Development Project at NASA Ames Research Center
Allan Leinwand, Chief Technology Officer of Platform Development, ServiceNow
Jim Zemlin, Executive Director, the Linux Foundation
Moderated by: E.B. Boyd, Writer, Fast Company
Steve Clemons is Washington editor at large for The Atlantic and editor of Atlantic Live. He writes frequently about politics and foreign affairs.
Parimal Kopardekar works as the Principal Investigator of the NASA’s NextGen Airspace Project. Prior to this position, he worked as an Associate Principal Investigator of the Dynamic Airspace Configuration research focus area. In the past, he served as a Project Manager of the Strategic Airspace Usage Project and Sub-Project Manager under Advanced Air Transportation Technologies project. Prior to working at NASA, he worked for the FAA where he conducted research and development activities in the area of air traffic management. He has published numerous journal and conference papers in the area of air traffic management. As an adjunct faculty at Rutgers and Drexel Universities, he taught graduate-level courses.
Dr. Kopardekar holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati (1995), an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo (1992); and a B.E. in Production Engineering from the University of Bombay (1989). He is the recipient of the NASA Ames Honor Award for Engineer of the Year (2003), numerous group awards and two best paper awards. He is the author of over 35 publications including technical reports, and journal and conference papers.
Chief Technology Officer of Platform Development, ServiceNow
Zemlin’s career spans three of the largest technology trends to rise over the last decade: mobile computing, cloud computing and open source software. Today, as executive director of The Linux Foundation, he uses this experience to accelerate the adoption of Linux and support the future of computing.
Zemlin’s career took root at Western Wireless, which had a successful IPO and was later acquired by Deutsche Telekom and renamed T-Mobile USA. He was also a member of the founding management team of Corio, a leading enterprise application service provider that had a successful IPO in July 2000. Other posts have included vice president of marketing at Covalent Technologies and executive director at Free Standards Group (FSG).
In his leadership role today at The Linux Foundation, Zemlin works with the world’s largest technology companies, including IBM, Intel, Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, and others to help define the future of computing on the server, in the cloud and on a variety of new mobile computing devices. His work at the vendor-neutral Linux Foundation gives him a unique and aggregate perspective on the global technology industry.
Zemlin has been recognized as a top Linux and open source blogger and is widely quoted in the press on Linux and the changing economics of the technology industry. His writing has appeared in Businessweek, Wired, and other top technology journals. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry events such as the Atlantic Big Science Summit, LinuxCon, Gartner Group Forums, and COMPUTEX, among others. Zemlin advises a variety of startups, including Splashtop, and sits on the boards of the Global Economic Symposium, Open Source For America and Chinese Open Source Promotion Union. Read Zemlin's weblog.