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Nominees by Project

Hardware Management

Rajeev Agrawala - Goldman Sachs (Un-opposed)

Need Bio

Server (Formerly Motherboard)

Mark Shaw - Microsoft (Un-opposed)

Mark Shaw directs hardware engineering for Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) group. Mark’s team supports Microsoft’s cloud services by architecting, defining, and designing the next generation compute and storage servers. Mark’s role requires working with a broad spectrum teams: Microsoft Cloud Services teams, technology vendors, OEMs, ODMs and research teams. His 27 years of work in the industry has spanned design of processors, ASICs, and systems. In his work at Microsoft, he performs in-depth analysis of a wide variety of designs crossing boundaries of servers, management, power, deployments, service, and data centers. As chair of the Motherboard and Server Design Team, Mark’s intent is to drive more commonality throughout the server ecosystem to speed up technology delivery, improve power efficiency and reliability, and lower costs for everybody.

Mark came to Microsoft in 2008 from Hewlett-Packard where he was leading systems architecture of HP’s highest end mainframe platforms. Previous to that were system and vector processor ASIC designs. Mark holds over 25 US and International patents in server systems architecture and design. He holds a BS of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin.


Matthew Corddry - Facebook (Un-opposed)

Matt Corddry is the Director of Hardware Engineering at Facebook, where he leads the hardware engineering team responsible for Facebook server and rack designs, which are also contributed to the Open Compute Project. In addition, he is serving as chairperson for the Open Rack working group within the Open Compute Project. Prior to joining Facebook in 2012, he was the Senior Manager of Hardware and Operating System Engineering at, where he built and led the team responsible for all Amazon server designs across the AWS and Retail businesses.


Asghar Riahi - Seagate (Un-opposed)

(w/Per Brasher as co-lead)

My Name is Asghar Riahi. As a Principal Cloud Architect at Seagate, I engage with Cloud Service Provider customers at the architecture, system, and device level to tackle both everyday and evolving storage challenges faced in the data center. Storage challenges that range from capacity and performance to security and reliability in all types of workloads for all types of applications.

Currently I'm the chairman of the Storage track, elected in Oct 2013. I was originally introduced to the OCP by Cole Crawford at the October 2012 OpenStack conference in San Diego, and since have been closely engaged with a variety of OCP members to fully appreciate OCP's vision and mission, and instill it in Seagate. I have co-authored two submissions to OCP as follow: - Single port T-Card for storage device with Ethernet interface - Storage device with Ethernet interface

At the OCP Summit in Jan 2013, I presented on the topic "Lowering Data Center TCO through Storage" which illustrated how storage device-level innovations can help lower total cost of ownership (TCO) in large scale-out data centers. Currently I am the organizer of the OCP Storage meetups ( in the San Francisco Bay Area and since March 2013, I have successfully organized five face-to-face meetings that were both well attended and received by the community. In 10 months, we have grown the OCP Storage Meetup to 193 members, and it continues to grow. The demands scale-out data centers place on the storage architectures, systems, and devices are ever-evolving. The individuals and companies that embrace and contribute to the storage evolution will ultimately win. I plan on being one of those individuals, and driving Seagate to be one of those companies. I have an MS in Computer Science from University of Technology in Vienna/Austria and over 24 years of experience in the IT solutions, both in US and Europe. I'm married with two sons and live in the Bay Area. My hobbies are Traveling, Photography and watching sports.


Matt Gambardella - Stealth Startup Need Bio

YF Juan - ITRI

YF Juan represents OCP Taiwan, is the primary external interface for the ITRI OCP Certification Testing Lab, and (during his spare time) is a deputy director of global strategy and business development at ITRI, a 40 years old 6,000 people non-profit R&D Center based in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

DaWane Wanek - Avnet

(With Matthew Liste as co-lead)

DaWane Wanek co-chairs the Conformance & Interoperability subcommittee for the Open Compute Project and is also the Director of Data Center Infrastructure and Open Compute Solutions for Avnet's, Rorke Global Solution’s group. DaWane has over 25 years of technical sales leadership experience, building sales/pre-sales organizations and solving customer problems. Prior to Avnet, DaWane was the VP WW Sales & Solutions for NextIO, driving the forefront of I/O Virtualization and GPU computing solutions. Prior to NextIO, DaWane was a Director in the Advanced Systems Group at Dell, responsible for over $500 million in enterprise revenue for a subset of Dell's commercial and Federal customers. Prior to Dell, DaWane held executive positions with RLX Technologies (acquired by HP) and Scalable Software, as well as various sales and sales management roles with BMC Software and Data General Corporation.


Peter Krey - Krey and Associates (Un-opposed)

w/Mike Valentine as co-lead

Peter is the Founder & President of Krey Associates, a boutique technology advisory and management consulting firm. Established in 2003, his clients include Wall Street CIO’s & CTO’s, early stage technology company CEO’s & CTO’s and technology venture capital firms.

Client projects include: open source enterprise cloud, open networking, hands on research and engineering of disruptive technologies incl. multiple BigData POC’s, one of Wall Street’s largest global grid computing infrastructures, views and insights into key technology trends, business development in support of technology investment banking, product technology strategy and go to market advisory for early stage technology companies, and advisory research for venture capital & angel investors.

With 25+ years of industry experience, Peter was Managing Director and Chief Technology Architect / CTO for Deutsche Bank Asset Mgt. N.A. Prior to DB, Peter was VP of Business Development & Strategic Partnering for storage virtualization company

StorageApps (sold to HP in 2001) and also held senior management & technology positions at Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan.

Peter is a graduate with High Distinction of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and attended the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences MS-PhD Joint Focus Program at New York University.

Peter’s non-profit activities include The MIT Parents Association, University of Pennsylvania Parents Association, The American Diabetes Association, and Swim Across America.

Data Center (Formerly Data Center Design)

Jason S. Schafer - Schneider (Un-opposed)

For many years, the worlds of physical hardened datacenter have existed mostly separate from the IT environment contained therein, despite their codependence. “This is the year that facilities and IT will finally converge,” we have heard countless times. The truth is, however, that while intentions have been good, any innovation and development of new technologies on either side of the fence have lacked true collaboration at the level required to actually make this goal a reality.

Jason has extensive experience in the mission critical datacenter industry in the areas of construction, architecture, design, and testing while at the same time keeping in mind the importance of the operation and maintenance of the datacenter that cannot be understated or taken for granted. Additionally, it is paramount that the future of datacenter operations, maintenance, and design not only include the “hard” facilities backend but that the IT environment should also coexist.

Finally, the growing role of software and data analytics will also need to be intertwined with design, operations, maintenance, and IT as it plays a larger role in fault tolerance, continued uptime, and business continuity.

These are all tenets on which Jason bases his future outlook on datacenters; and along with his experience, uniquely position him as a prime candidate for the project lead for the Datacenter working group with the Open Compute Project.