Consulting Letters of Reference for
Dr. David Bakken
(Note: not updated since 2001 --- too
The entire collection of letters can be downloaded here (.pdf; 5 MB)
The following deeply technical letters of reference in this
Aad van Moorsel, HP
Labs. Dr. van Moorsel is a recognized
expert in fault-tolerant computing and serves on a number of prestigious conference program committees. He has been very
well aware of me and my work since circa 1997 at BBN and is well aware of
my work at WSU. I have visited HP Labs and given technical
presentations on three separate occasions, and I have had numerous
technical discussions with him at conferences. View.jpg letter.
Richard Schantz, BBN Technologies. Dr.
Schantz is considered one of the pioneers of
distributed computing, having done one of the first PhD dissertations in
distributed operating systems in 1974 and
having conducted research on middleware for wide-area networks since
1979. He was the principal architect of Cronus,
a middleware framework that was a predecessor to CORBA and has been
deployed widely by the military. Cronus was
given recognization by the Smithsonian in the
late 1990s. View.jpg letter Page1, Page2.
Gregg Tally and Ms. Terry Benzel, Network
Associates Inc. Labs. Mr. Tally is a DARPA PI who has 18 years
of experience for NAI Labs and its predecessor, Trusted Information
Systems. Ms. Benzel was VP of Advanced
Security Research for Network Associates at the time of this letter; she
is now at UC Berkeley. I knew Terry well from PI meetings for the
Air Force and DARPA, and when she knew I had left BBN and was available
for consulting she immediately pursued
this. I consulted for her distributed security group, led by Mr.
Tally, on research in the DARPA OASIS project. This research provided
toleration of Byzantine failures (including malicious takeovers by
hackers) to CORBA. View.jpg letter.
Dave Lounsbury, VP of Advanced Research
& Innovation and Mr. Doug Wells, Research Director; both of the
Open Group. The Open Group, in Cambridge
Mass., is a deeply technical
organization that used to be called the “Open Software Foundation”.
In the 1990s it has developed vendor-neutral version of Unix
with support from HP, IBM, Sun, and others. It also does a lot of
applied DARPA research and integration of others’ DARPA research, and in
this context I interacted quite a bit with both signatories. They
are very well familiar with my BBN work on QuO, nad we teamed up with 3-43
other organizations on a proposal to DARPA in circa 2002. View.jpg letter Page1, Page2.
Mark Riggins, Amazon.com. View.pdf letter.
John C. Shovic, Co-founder, President, and
CEO of Blue Water Technologies Inc. Dr. Shovic
has worked with me at WSU but also at TriGeo
Network Security. He has a fairly unique perspective, because he has
co-founded three companies. View .jpg letter.
Ronald Riter, who was my mentor at Boeing
(1985-1988) and with whom I have kept in touch and have interacted with
many times since. View.jpg letter.
The following non-technical letter of reference is also
Joseph P. Franklin, Commadant of Cadets, US Military Academy
at West Point. View.jpg letter.
Again, this one is non-technical, but it sure helped me get a security
clearance in record time when I was at BBN!