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.
Senior Systems Architect
Justin joined the OSL in March 2012 after studying and working at Kansas State University. Justin took graduate level courses in computer science at KSU and later worked as an applications system administrator there immediately before coming to the OSL. His work in identity and account management and his experience with Linux and Ubuntu are assets he'll utilize to benefit the lab's projects and infrastructure. Justin was involved in the Linux Users Group at KSU, and he has extensive experience with Java programming. Through the OSL, Justin enjoys being part of the wider open source community and participating in outreach and development.
Senior Systems Architect
Samarendra joined the OSL in November 2016 all the way from India. He studied at the Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research in Pune, India where he also worked as a System Administrator. He has also worked in DevOps and ran his own startup developing SMS-based apps. Most recently, he worked as a System Administrator at the IIT Bombay’s OpenPOWER and GPU HPC center. He chose to apply to the OSL to work with students while contributing to open source in an academic environment. He enjoys exploring new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures. He cooks and writes in his spare time and spends a fair amount of time learning new ways to speak to American audiences and explaining different ways of pronouncing his name - Sam (ar) (endra).
Senior Software Engineer
Ken began at the OSL in March 2012 after spending over a decade in various positions on the OSU campus. Since 1999, he has worked professionally as a systems administrator in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, completed an undergraduate degree in physics as a student and worked with Central Web Services as a software developer. Ken sees the OSL as a synthesis of the wide variety of projects he has worked on at the university and uses his experience with many different technologies and his dual perspective as an OSU staff member and alumnus to benefit the lab. Ken's personal interests are as varied as the technical projects he has worked on; he is a blacksmith as well as a woodworker and enjoys writing fiction.
Director of Testing and Software Development
Carrie Hertel has been the Director of the Business Solutions Group since 2014. She started working at BSG as a Test Engineer in 2004 and since has been a Program Manager and Interim Director. Carrie graduated from OSU with a BS in EE and has a PMI Project Management Professional certification. She oversees the software development and product testing projects for CASS.
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
Alex started as a Student Intern and was promoted to Faculty Dev in March 2014. He now manages most of OSU internal projects that track student data and other programs that use both Microsoft .Net and Salesforce technologies. He spends most of his time with friends and enjoys going to the gym.
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.
Temporary Systems Development Engineer
Evan is going to graduate in 2016 with a degree in computer science and has experience with SalesForce development at CASS. In his spare time, he enjoys long walks on the beach, as long as it’s not too sandy. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle while hunting vampires. Although he recognizes that having a mortal job is necessary for making a proper means, Evan is adamant about his non-office related activities.