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Tiffany Trader, Managing Editor & Editorial Director

With over a decade’s experience covering the HPC space, Tiffany is one of the preeminent voices reporting on advanced scale computing today. Since joining the HPCwire team in 2006, Tiffany has played an essential role in steering editorial strategy, engaging with key audiences, and delivering groundbreaking content when readers need it most. As Managing Editor for HPCwire, Tiffany brings an unmatched wealth of expertise, insights, and editorial prowess based on years of experience covering high performance, cloud, AI, and other advanced computing technologies. Tiffany earned her bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, where she studied linguistics and computer science. She is based in Southern California and has two dogs, Whiskey and Munchies.

John Russell

John Russell, Senior Editor

A previous winner of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award (which has been called “the Pulitzer Prize of the business media,”), John Russell has broad science and business journalism expertise with extensive knowledge of the biopharmaceutical and advanced IT industries. A seasoned veteran of technology journalism, Russell was formerly a founding executive editor for Bio-IT World, which focused on the intersection of advanced computing technology and life sciences, where he wrote and edited articles and ran the daily editorial operations.

George Leopold

George Leopold, Editor

George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 25 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He previously served as Executive Editor for Electronic Engineering Times. Leopold holds a BS in history from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he concentrated in science writing. He has also written extensively about the U.S. manned space program. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the New Scientist and other publications. He resides in Reston, Virginia.

Oliver Peckham, Staff Writer
Oliver Peckham has been writing about the intersections of science, technology, public policy, and corporate policy for over a decade. As a consultant, he has worked with clients ranging from renewable energy trade associations to Lenovo, helping them manage the environmental impacts of a technology-intensive world. He holds an MEM in Energy & Environment from Duke University and an MS in Climate Science & Policy from Bard College. He resides in the Research Triangle area in North Carolina.

Mariana Iriarte

Mariana Iriarte, Assistant Editor

Mariana Iriarte has covered the HPC, Big Data, and AI space with Tabor Communications for the last year, but brings over 15 years of professional experience ranging from serving in the military to covering emerging technologies. She served on a U.S. Navy destroyer for approximately five and a half years as an electrician, and prior to joining Tabor Communications, she covered embedded electronics for the defense and aerospace industries for four years. She is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a tech nerd at heart. She holds a B.A. in English with a creative writing specialization from Southern Methodist University.

Alex Woodie

Alex Woodie, Contributing Editor

Alex Woodie is current editor of Datanami, which covers data-intensive computing in research and enterprise and provides expert commentary on an ongoing basis around analytics and software for managing “big data” problems. Alex has written about IT as a technology journalist for more than a decade. He brings extensive experience from the IBM midrange marketplace, including topics such as servers, ERP applications, programming, databases, security, high availability, storage, business intelligence, cloud, and mobile enablement. He resides in the San Diego area.

Addison Snell

Addison Snell, Contributing Editor

Addison Snell is the CEO of Intersect360 Research and a veteran of the High Performance Computing industry. He launched the company in 2007 as Tabor Research, a division of Tabor Communications, and served as that company’s VP/GM until he and his partner, Christopher Willard, Ph.D., acquired Tabor Research in 2009. During his tenure, Addison has established Intersect360 Research as a premier source of market information, analysis, and consulting. He was named one of 2010’s “People to Watch” by HPCwire.

Alex Larzelere

Alex Larzelere, Policy Editor

Alex Larzelere is a senior fellow at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, the president of Larzelere & Associates Consulting and HPCwire’s policy editor. He is currently a technologist, speaker and author on a number of disruptive technologies that include: advanced modeling and simulation; high performance computing; artificial intelligence; the Internet of Things; and additive manufacturing. Alex’s career has included time in federal service (working closely with DOE national labs), private industry, and as founder of a small business. Throughout that time, he led programs that implemented the use of cutting edge advanced computing technologies to enable high resolution, multi-physics simulations of complex physical systems. Alex is the author of “Delivering Insight: The History of the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI).”

Dan Olds, Contributing Editor

Dan is one of the lead analysts at OrionX, building on his 15 years of experience as founder and principal analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group (GCG), a boutique IT research and consulting firm whose activities are now part of the OrionX offerings. In addition to server, storage, and network technologies, Dan closely follows the Big Data, Cloud, and HPC markets and is the go-to person for the coverage and analysis of the supercomputing industry’s Student Cluster Challenge.

Elizabeth Leake, Contributing Editor

Elizabeth is a consultant, correspondent and advocate who serves the global high performance computing (HPC) and data science industries. In 2012, she founded STEM-Trek, a global, grassroots nonprofit organization that supports workforce development opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholars from underserved regions and underrepresented groups. As a program director, Leake has mentored hundreds of early-career professionals who are breaking cultural barriers in an effort to accelerate scientific and engineering discoveries. Her multinational programs have specific themes that resonate with global stakeholders, such as food security data science, blockchain for social good, cybersecurity/risk mitigation, and more.

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