CASS Director Emeritus
Carlos Jensen is an associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Oregon State University (OSU). He is a strong proponent of getting students involved in open source and other experiential learning opportunities. He has been instrumental in pulling together the Open Source Lab and the Business Solutions Group to form CASS.
CASS Assistant Director
Bob worked with Carlos, Lance Albertson and Carrie Hertel to help form CASS and has been the Assistant Director for the Center since September 2014. He provides business development, partner management and outreach support and never saw a contract he didn't want to rewrite. Prior to joining the school of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Bob spent many, many years working at Hewlett-Packard most of that time managing a wide variety of Software Research and Development and IT organizations. His first Computer Science degree is from Cal Poly where the school motto is "Learn by Doing" and he feels strongly that experiential programs like CASS can be an invaluable part of a student's engineering education.
Lance became OSL director in early 2013. He has managed all of the hosting activities that the OSL provides for more than 160 high-profile open source projects since joining the lab as lead systems administrator and architect in 2007. Lance’s involvement in the open source community began in 2003, when he became a developer and package maintainer with Gentoo Linux. Prior to joining the OSL, Lance was a UNIX Administrator for the Enterprise Server Technologies group at Kansas State University. In his free time he helps organize Beaver BarCamp and plays trumpet in local jazz group The Infallible Collective.
Administrative Assistant/Office Support 2
Hired in June 2015, the unofficial CASS “Mom” has lived in the Willamette Valley since she was 4-years-old. She is an OSU Alum and a die-hard Beaver Believer—showing her spirit by almost always wearing orange and black. Her duties at CASS include creating agreements, invoicing clients, organizing events, travel planning, ordering supplies, managing room keys, and more. She is the person to do the routine stuff so all of the smart, talented staff and students around her can do their creative best. In her spare time, Pam enjoys crafting, including fused glass, bead jewelry, and stamped greeting cards. She also runs a photo booth for family and friends' events.
Director of Software Development Group, Test & IoT Lab
Carrie Hertel has been the Director of Software Development Group (SDG) and the Test & IoT Lab since 2014, back when the group was known as the Business Solutions Group(BSG). She started working at BSG as a Student Test Engineer in 2001 and was able to secure a full time staff position as a Test Engineer in 2004. Since that time, Carrie has been a Program Manager and Interim Director. Carrie graduated from OSU with a BS in Electrical Engineering and has a PMI Project Management Professional certification. Carrie has served on several boards including most lately, the PMI Portland Chapter as VP of Finance. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her animals including dogs, guinea pigs, and cows!
Systems Development Engineer
Matthew has been a Systems Development Engineer with CASS since February of 2013. He has a varied IT background including both private and public sector work as well as experience in personnel management, database administration, web development, and networking. Matthew has recently taken on the additional responsibility of CASS’s Internet of Things venture but also remains focused on some ODOT projects. In his private life he enjoys working on his house and his motorcycle as well as preventing his son and daughter from destroying things related to his first two interests.
Software Development and QA Manager
Starting off as a Student Developer in 2000, Mark Clements became a full time Staff Developer in 2002 and has been with CASS ever since. Now as the Senior Development and QA Manager, and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, he is the Software Development Group's go-to resource on all things Microsoft. He provides technical guidance and team leadership to various software projects handled by CASS's Software Development Group, ranging from small web applications to large statewide distributed client-server applications. His problem solving skills, and ability to balance business needs and constraints have allowed him to create high value solutions for customers. He enjoys mentoring and provides valuable expertise to students in their pursuit to becoming skilled software developers.
Systems Development Engineer
Thomas joined CASS as a full time staff member in June of 2018. He started his career at CASS as a student developer and has since made the transition to full time staff member. He plans to graduate with a BS in Computer Science with a business minor in 2019. In his private life Thomas enjoys working on his house, spending time with is wife and dog, and playing tennis.
Senior Systems Engineer
Kai joined the CASS Soft Dev Team in July 2007. As a system engineer he primarily focuses on software development and closely works with student interns. The CASS Soft Dev Team is a support organization that develops real world projects. It provides real world experience to our students that is unique and valuable.