Mike owns his own computer consulting business and has several web-based and home-based businesses. He has been a SEMCO member for over 30 years, and has been working with computers for 40 years. He is currently serving SEMCO in several areas, including the Internet Committee where he is chairman, and the Computer Resource Group where he volunteers to help others in the area of computer security. He has been running SETI@home, a distributed computing project, for over ten years. He formed a large international team, called Spot_E.T., that is doing well. He stays busy with more than 40 distributed computing projects.
Mike has been interested in people communicating via on-line chat groups. Recently he started the online Yahoo!® group for SEMCO (SEMCOUG). In years past he assisted with the newsletter and ran the SEMCO BBS (Bulletin Board System). He also believes in the value of computer groups and in addition to SEMCO, is a member of the Royal Oak Computer Club, MacGroup Detroit, Linux–MDLUG, and Linux–MUG.
Mike likes to dabble in electronics. He has a ham (amateur) radio license. He likes cars of any kind and attends a lot of car shows, cruises, and other events. He is into recycling, and has owned and managed several on-line recycle groups for the past four years. The largest three are Royal Oak, Warren, and Madison Heights. You might want to visit his web site at <http://www.boinc.us>.
Richard has been a SEMCO member since 1976 when the organization was formed. He has been an active member serving the organization in a variety of capacities. He started the New Users Forum now known as the Novice Group. He was vice president previously in 1990s and has made presentations at SEMCO meetings.
He has been in the data processing and computer fields since 1967 when he started working on IBM punch card equipment when he started working for National Bank of Detroit (now Bank One). He started working as a mainframe computer operator in 1970 and has been in the field ever since.
His interest started in 1975 when Popular Electronics published an article about building your own computer from a kit. His interest was further developed in Wayne Recreational Computer Org., a student group at Wayne State University. He has owned Timex Sinclair, Commodore, and PC compatible computers.
Brian is on the Board as Treasurer and SIG-Linux Chairperson. He has served those positions since 2013. He is also a member of the Internet Committee He first joined SEMCO in 1986. He served on the Audit Committee in 2012. In the past he has also served on SEMCO’s board as SIG-Programming Chairperson and SIG-Internet Chairperson. He also is a member of 3 Linux User groups (MUG, MDLUG and SEMI Linux).
Brian Brodsky has worked at TechniServe, Inc. for over 30 years. He has been involved in the conversion and development of many computer software systems. Brian is involved in the development of The Property Manager and Cemetery Manager systems. He has also helped with the development of Association Sites.
Brian has an Associates Degree in Data Processing – Business Programming from Oakland Community College. He also attended Wayne State University.
Jeff has been with Altair Engineering for 18 years in various IT roles. Jeff currently manages a world-wide team taking care of computing, network, and related services for 2,500 staff across more than 50 sites. His team manages many computing clusters based on Linux distributions and Windows Server along with several storage back-ends. His team also handles edge computing with Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, and smartphone/tablet operating systems. Jeff resides in Troy, Michigan and his LinkedIn site is http://jeffmarraccini.com/.
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Sharan Kalwani – our most recent board member, is a long time UNIX user and enthusiastic trainer of many technologies including open source.
He was one of the founding member of the Michigan!/usr/group (mug.org) way back in 1985-1986.
Sharan has expertise in many areas, but he is specially fond of High Performance Computing. He has worked in many domains such as:
Engineering, Biomedical research, University/Academic computing, US Government, Theoretical & Particle Physics, in fact everything
else except Wall Street type work.
Sharan’s earliest exposure to computing took place with punched cards, paper tape, assembly language and
8-bit gear with front panel switches. He is very active in many a technical user group, is a member of ACM, IEEE and USENIX.
He also runs a discussion group on LinkedIn: ‘Innovatve uses of HPC’, his twitter handle is @skalwani.
Bob Clyne is the APCUG Representative. He was SEMCO President from 1987 through 1988 and from 1990 through 1996. He has also been Publications Committee Chairman, Internet Committee Chairman, and DATA BUS interim editor and has held several other positions in SEMCO.
Bob joined SEMCO in 1979 at which time he was using a North Star Horizon computer, which he built from a kit. It was running an operating system named CP/M. The North Star Horizon used a Z-80 processor and the S-100 bus.
He was raised in Yale, Michigan and later graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana where he was a member of the Culver Black Horse Troop. He worked as an Investigator for Pinkertons for two years and later worked in various capacities for Detroit Edison until his retirement in 1993. After his retirement he moved back to Yale.