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Hyunjun is passionate about using biology to address complex challenges. As co-founder and CEO of Catalog,
he is leading the effort to handle the explosion of digital information, using cutting edge tools of synthetic
biology. Hyunjun obtained his BS at Seoul National University, PhD in microbiology at the University of
Wisconsin Madison, and conducted postdoctoral research at MIT.
Hugo Patterson was co-founder of Datrium which developed disaster recovery as a service software and systems
that integrated high-performance primary storage capabilities with cost-effective data protection and disaster
recovery orchestration for virtual machines. Hugo served in various roles including Chief Scientist, Chief
Architect, CTO, and VP of Engineering. Datrium was acquired by VMware in 2020. Its technology is available in
the VMware Cloud Disaster Recovery SaaS solution.
Prior to Datrium, Hugo served as EMC Fellow and CTO of the Backup Recovery Systems Division of EMC which
includes the Avamar, Data Domain, Disk Library, and Networker product lines. Hugo joined EMC in July of 2009
on its acquisition of Data Domain. He started at Data Domain in March 2002, shortly after its founding, and
served as Chief Architect from May 2002 till December 2008 when he was named CTO. Data Domain had its IPO
From November 1999 to March 2002, Hugo was the lead architect for data availability and management at Network
Appliance Inc., a provider of storage and data management solutions. There, he pioneered the use of snapshots
and replication as an alternative to conventional backup by building the SnapVault product and instigating
development of the Nearstore product line, which leveraged SATA disks to reduce costs.
Dr. Patterson holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering
from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Hugo was the inaugural recipient of the CMU Parallel Data Lab Distinguished Alumni Award. He grew up in New York
Dr. Niraj Tolia is the General Manager and President of Kasten (acquired by Veeam), which he founded in
order to solve the problem of Kubernetes backup and disaster recovery. He also sits on the Governing Board
of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).
Niraj has held multiple leadership roles in the past including Senior Director of Engineering for Dell EMC's
CloudBoost group and VP of Engineering, Chief Architect, and Staff Engineering at Maginatics, acquired by Dell
EMC. Niraj also advises and invests in startups including Hedvig, a company acquired by Commvault. In a previous
life, he was a Senior Researcher at HP Labs.
Niraj received his Ph.D., MS, and BS in Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a part
of the Parallel Data Lab. His research concentrated on distributed storage systems with an emphasis on deduplication
and wide area network data transfer.
Hakim Weatherspoon is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Exotanium, Inc., a software-based cloud optimization company,
and Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University and Associate Director for the Cornell Initiative for
Digital Agriculture (CIDA). His research interests cover various aspects of fault-tolerance, reliability, security, and performance
of internet-scale data systems such as cloud and distributed systems. Weatherspoon received his PhD from University of California,
Berkeley. Weatherspoon has received awards for his many contributions, including an the University of Washington, Allen School of
Computer Science and Engineering, Alumni Achievement Award; Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship; National Science Foundation CAREER
Award; and a Kavli Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the USENIX Board of Directors and is the Founder,
Steering Committee, and General Chair for the ACM Symposium on Cloud Computing. Hakim has also been recognized for his work to promote
diversity, earning Cornell's Zellman Warhaft Commitment to Diversity Award. Since 2011, he has organized the annual SoNIC Summer
Research Workshop to help prepare between students from underrepresented groups to pursue their Ph.D. in computer science.