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Stephen R. Heminover is founder (1986) and president of Aura Technologies, Inc., an electronics design and development company. While a complete list of accomplishments would take several pages, you may know him from his work creating the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks laser displays at The United Center, or the LED Firework fixtures at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. He is a founding member of the International Laser Display Association (ILDA) and has served as chair of its Technical Standards Committee for its first six years. He now serves as its liaison to the board of directors.

Pat Finnegan works for Purdue University as an architect of its HPC systems, and in 2005 kick-started the VCF/Midwest. He enjoys relaxing with a nice glass of bourbon and boring business systems spanning from IBM mainframes to DEC minicomputers. Lately he's added TeleVideo systems to that list which he was exposed to growing up. Now, he's reverse-engineering them to repair them and homebrew some new functionality to old, unloved business systems.

Glenn Holmer (a.k.a. Cenbe) is a retired Java programmer and Linux sysadmin whose primary interest in vintage computers is the Commodore 64. He has been a frequent speaker at VCFMW on the topic of programming languages and operating systems.

Richard Thomson is a Senior Software Engineer for NVIDIA where he works on GPU raytracing. He is the creator of the Terminals Wiki, maintainer of the Manx online documentation database and is the principal effort behind the Computer Graphics Museum in Salt Lake City. The museum has a collection of artifacts housed in storage with future plans for a public exhibit hall.

Alan Hightower is an electrical engineer with 25 years experience in PCB design, FGPA development, and embedded software. He has worked in the Automotive, Telecom, Satellite Broadcasting, and Consumer electronic industries. He is also the creator of the jr-IDE project for the IBM PCjr, a co-producer of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast, goes by eeguru on the Vintage Computer forums and an active member of the Atlanta Historical Computing Society.

White Flame is some guy who's writing the WFDis disassembler, and yaps too much about the Commodore 64, 6502, and Lisp online.

Jack Rubin: Seduced by a PDP-11 while in graduate school (1971), Jack traded his thesis for a console and never looked back. Forty years in a profession where magic and mystery are commonplace, yet few realize the fragility of the foundations on which they bet their business, he continues to be amazed that most of it works most of the time. These days, twelve bits seems to be the sweet spot - he can almost understand the machines and the machines can almost do interesting stuff.

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