2012 SNIA Member Recognition Honorees (as announced January 29, 2013)

We could not do the work of the SNIA without our passionate and dedicated volunteers. We are pleased to recognize the following honorees in two unique categories. Honorees are selected by SNIA members via an anonymous survey. The first set of awards are individuals who made significant contributions to SNIA. The second set of awards are group awards which recognize an affiliate, forum, initiative or technical work group.

Individual Awards

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Honoree: Mike Walker (SMI Program)
An individual who, above all others in 2012, consistently stepped up and helped SNIA achieve something new and groundbreaking or who significantly advanced an existing program.

 

THE INDUSTRY IMPACT HONOREE
Honoree: PK Gupta (EMC Singapore)
An individual who has significantly advanced a cause for SNIA leading to an impact on the industry or the Association.

 

UNSUNG HERO HONOREE
Honoree: Thomas Rivera (Hitachi Data Systems)
An individual who continually works tirelessly under the radar expecting no accolades or attention but who in fact probably deserves more than the rest.


Group Awards

MOST OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS OF A FORUM OR INITIATIVE IN 2012

The Forum or Initiative which in 2012 significantly advanced a cause for SNIA with its achievements leading to an impact on the industry or the Association.

Recognized Group: Storage Management Initiative

MOST SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS BY A COMMITTEE OR REGIONAL AFFILIATE/FORUM

The SNIA Committee or Regional Affiliate/Forum, which above all others in 2012, consistently stepped up and helped SNIA achieve something new and groundbreaking or which significantly advanced an existing program.

Recognized Group: PCIe Committee/Task Force of Solid State Storage Initiative

MOST SIGNIFICANT IMPACT BY A TECHNICAL WORK GROUP

The SNIA TWG, which above all others in 2012, had members and efforts which consistently stepped up and helped SNIA achieve something new and groundbreaking or which significantly advanced an existing program.

Recognized Groups:
Cloud Storage Technical Work Group for CDMI (Cloud Data Management Interface)
Non-Volitile Memory (NVM) Programming Technical Work Group


SNIA Education and Tutorial Recognition Program Awards

The SNIA 2012 “Deborah Kay Johnson Memorial Award”

"Whose outstanding contributions in education best exemplifies the spirit, dedication and leadership of Deborah Kay Johnson"

Honoree:

  • Marty Stogsdill (Oracle)

The SNIA “4.5 Tutorial Club” Membership

Speakers recognized and inducted into the SNIA 4.5 Tutorial Club are based on speaker evaluations with scores 4.5 and above.

The SNIA “Outstanding Tutorial Speaker Award”

Each spring and fall at SNW the SNIA “Outstanding Tutorial Speaker Award” is presented to each of the top three outstanding speakers. The awards are based on evaluation scores from the previous SNW.

Honorees for presentations at SNW Fall 2011 - Orlando, Florida:

Awarded at SNW Spring 2012, during the SNIA Education Tutorial Recognitions Reception, these “Outstanding Tutorial Speaker Awards” were presented to the following:

  • Michael Willet (Samsung)
    "Implementing Stored Data Encryption"
  • Esther Spanjer (SMART Storage Systems)
    "The Why and How of SSD Performance Benchmarking"
  • Dr. Eason Ho (Calypso Systems, Inc.)
    "The Why and How of SSD Performance Benchmarking"
  • Alex McDonald (NetApp)
    "pNFSv4.2: A Filesystem for Grid, Virtualization and Database"

These honorees are also all recipients of the 4.5 Tutorial Club Membership.

Honorees for presentations at SNW Spring 2012 - Dallas, Texas:

Awarded at SNW Fall 2012, San Jose, CA, during the SNIA Education Tutorial Recognitions Reception, the “Outstanding Tutorial Speaker Awards” for SNW Spring 2012 were presented to the following:

  • Eric Hibbard (Hitachi Data Systems)
    "Storage Security - the ISO/IEC Standard"
  • SW Worth (Microsoft)
    "Green Storage - the Big Picture (‘Green is more than kWh!')"
  • Luanne Dauber (Pure Storage )
    "Leveraging Flash Memory in Enterprise Storage"

These honorees are also all recipients of the 4.5 Tutorial Club Membership.


SMI Recognition Awards

SMI Outstanding Contributor Award:

Honorees:

  • Mike Hadavi (EMC)
  • Hector Linares (Microsoft)
  • Scott Baker (Individual Member)
  • Tony Fiorentino (EMC)