ClearEdge IT Solutions

Meet the Instructors

Donald Miner serves as Chief Technology Officer at ClearEdge IT Solutions. He is author of the O’Reilly book MapReduce Design Patterns, which is based on his experiences as a MapReduce developer. Donald has architected and implemented a number of mission-critical and large-scale Hadoop systems within the U.S. Government and Fortune 500 companies as a government contractor and as a Solutions Architect at Greenplum. He is also a teacher, having instructed variety of artificial intelligence courses at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Donald received his PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Computer Science, where he focused on Machine Learning and Multi-Agent Systems in his dissertation research. He lives in Severna Park, MD with his wife and two young sons.

Daniel Hood is the Chief Architect at ClearEdge IT Solutions, LLC, where he's lead teams developing distributed software for Big Data problems. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Dan has developed and instructed courses in both academic and professional settings across a wide range of topics including UNIX, data structures, numerous programming languages, object oriented programming, computer graphics, web development and mobile application development. He is a ClearEdge Certified Hadoop Developer and also teaches various courses within the academic, commercial and DoD communities.

Thomas Kulish is a Solutions Architect at ClearEdge IT Solutions, LLC where he leads a team developing distributed software for Big Data analytics. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Thomas has a background in designing and implementing large scale database applications.

Jen Tress is a Software Engineer and a Team Lead at ClearEdge IT Solutions, LLC, where she heads a team developing distributed software for Big Data problems. She earned her B.A. in Computer Science with a Mathematics minor from St. Mary's College of Maryland. Jennifer has a background in system engineering and software development. She is currently pursuing her M.B.A. with a concentration in Information Systems Management. Jennifer teaches various courses in the commercial and DoD communities.

Patrick Blair is a Senior Software Engineer at ClearEdge IT Solutions, LLC where he primarily works in middle tier and front end application development. He is currently working as part of a team that is developing various User Interfaces for running analytics in a cloud architecture and then displaying those results to the user. Pat has a B.S. in Computer Science from UMBC, a M.S. in Computer Science from JHU, and is also a ClearEdge Certified Hadoop Developer.

Becky Talbot is a Software Engineer at ClearEdge IT Solutions, LLC where she primarily works in middle tier and front end application development. She is currently working on a team that is developing various User Interfaces for running analytics in a cloud architecture and displaying the results to the user. Becky has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Stevenson University, a M.S. in Advanced Information Technology from Stevenson University, and is a ClearEdge Certified Hadoop Developer.