Fabian Thorns is the Director of Product Development at Linux Professional Institute, LPI. He is M.Sc. Business Information Systems, co-founder of a consulting company, a regular speaker at open source events and the author of numerous articles and books. Fabian has been part of the exam development team since 2010.
Dr. Markus Wirtz studied Slavic studies and musicology and initially worked for SUSE. There he was involved in the development of the German-language book series. In 2003, he founded the publishing house Open Source Press in Munich (Germany) and managed it until 2017. Since 2018, he has worked as Manager Eduction Programs at LPI.
Academic Advisory Committee - Learning Materials Working Group
Stephen Murphy is an Associate Professor in the school of Computing and Digital Technology (CDT), at Birmingham City University (BCU) in the UK. Steve’s passions are teaching and technology but he wears many hats: providing leadership on learning technologies, Linux certification and the teaching and learning community of practice. He also spearheads technology projects around BCU and provides consultancy both internally and externally on open source software, security and cloud technologies. Outside of the day job, he is a subject matter expert for the Linux Professional Institute and a member of their Academic Advisory Board. Steve has been involved in the learning materials project from the start and led the group that founded the project. An experienced external examiner, Steve regularly sits on academic validation panels. His research interests revolve around open source software, education and IT security.
Dipl. Inf. Thomas Michels studied computer science and economics at the University of Saarland and was then self-employed for 10 years in the field of network technology and web technologies. In 2008 he completed a second degree in Computer Science, Catholic Religious and Educational Sciences. Since 2009 he has been working as a teacher for computer science and religion at the Technical and Commercial Vocational Training Centre TGBBZ1 in Saarbrücken. In 2017 he took over the chairmanship of the Academic Advisory Board of the LPI.
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Alejandro Egea Abellan
At a very early age, Alejandro developed a liking for electronics, computers, linguistics and herpetology -- areas of knowledge in which he holds different degrees/certifications. He has worked as a teacher, translator, sysadmin and computer technician. Currently he works as a technical consultant and Moodle administrator in the Department for Lifelong Learning at the Ministry of Education in Murcia, Spain. When he is not working he enjoys spending some time studying cognitive psychology, taking care of his pet reptiles, coding, playing retro video games, blogging or going to Anime conventions with his girlfriend.
Andrea started his ICT career in the mid-90’s and has acquired a lot of experience managing heterogeneous infrastructure environments. Since 2002 he has worked as an independent consultant. His first Linux distro of choice was a Debian “Buzz” in 1996, and has a really long-lived love with the “Penguin”. Together with his technical activities, 4 years ago Andrea began teaching Linux and other Open Source technologies. He is deeply convinced that knowledge without sharing is useless. He has collaborated with LPI Italia since 2017 to spread the value of certification in the job market. Andrea is also LPIC-3 certified.
Andrew Mallett is an all around Linux professional with in depth knowledge of the OS and this is supported with scripting in Bash, Perl, Python and Ruby and application development in C, C++ and Java. Having worked for many years in training, Andrew has developed automated course build systems after endless time wasted on Friday nights. The first build system he built was aptly named “Friday nights.” He has authored training courses on Microsoft Deployment Toolkit as well as countless bespoke PXE solutions to training organizations. His commitment to the community shows in the amount of content that he has uploaded to his YouTube channel since theurbanpenguin was founded in 2009, as well as more recently helping with the Google / Raspberry Pi CoderDojo project. He also teaches Linux in schools and colleges. Over the years Andrew has taught Novell, Microsoft, Lotus Notes, Citrix, Solaris as well as Linux. It is Linux, though, where his love is. Andrew is able to help you understand how the product will fit into your organization and understand the heterogeneous environment we all work in.
Bryan J Smith
Bryan J Smith first deployed and contributed to open source software in the '90s as an engineer, supporting CAM, EDA and HPC on Linux. He transitioned into IT consulting and training with the new millennia, working at leading embedded and enterprise Linux vendors.
Mr. Smith’s enterprise experience has focused on open source-based infrastructure in large scale (10K+ instance) data centers; primarily financial services and public sector. His work in the Americas includes some of the first and largest OSS storage, VDI and related IaaS, PaaS and DevOps solutions on behalf of several industry leaders.
Mr. Smith is a graduate of UCF’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, holds four dozen (48) IT certifications from a dozen (12) different programs, and has been involved with the development of several, including LPI, for over a decade.
Eric Brauer is a professor at Seneca College in Toronto, Canada. He has been a Linux user since 2008.
José Álvarez Rodríguez graduated in System Engineering at the American University of Costa Rica. He works as Technical Support Team Lead in Cyberfuel S.A. José has certifications as LPIC-2 Linux Engineer, Plesk Administration and Scrum fundamentals. He has been working with hosting and cloud services (Windows and Linux) and VMWare systems for six years. He hopes to learn more about open source and new technnologies.
Kemel Zaidan holds an MBA in Information Technology from the University of Sao Paulo and is an active member of the Brazilian FLOSS (Free Libre Open Source Software) community but also an advocate for the digital inclusion and free knowledge causes. In the professional field, he has worked as the editor of Linux Magazine, Admin Magazine and iMaster Magazine, and had technology and free software related columns at Locaweb Magazine, iMasters Magazine and Corporativo Newspaper. He has spoken at several of the most important open source software and technology related events in Brazil, like QCon, Campus Party, FISL, Latinoware, RubyConf, The Developers Conference, etc. With a handful of different experiences, he is today the Product Manager for Cloud and AI for a large Telecom in Brazil.
Kenny has worked with Unix-like operating systems since his introduction to them while serving in the U.S. military in the late 1990s. Kenny has been involved with the Linux community in various capacities such as teaching Linux for a variety of training organizations, deploying Linux in local government institutions up to large Universities. Kenny views Linux as more of a vehicle to help solve problems and to learn how computers work.
Kevin Glendenning has been working with Linux Professional Institute since 2003 and is currently the IT Manager and Privacy Officer. He runs a Toronto-based Linux and open source consultancy founded in 1999, and is the co-founder of a mentored Linux training organization.
Luciano Antonio Siqueira holds a degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from the University of São Paulo (USP, the major institution of higher learning and research in Brazil) and in Psychology from Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp, one of the largest and most important Brazilian universities). He works as an author and developer in Free Software, has published several books in the area and has already taught Linux Certification courses in Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia and Jamaica.
Marco Colombo graduated in Telecommunication Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Milan and has been dealing with network administration and IT service management for more than ten years. He holds some important IT certifications including ITIL Foundation, PRINCE2 Foundation and LPIC-1. He is also a trainer, a writer and the author of the Linux workbook “LPIC-1 101-500 Practice Exams” which was designed to help students, enthusiasts and experts improve their Linux skills and test their knowledge before taking the real LPI 101 exam.
Neal Frith has over thirty years of experience working with and for companies ranging from start-up to Fortune 500. Neal has assumed individual contributor, management, and consulting roles during the design and development of hardware, software, and embedded systems. Neal’s background is a mix of hardware and software. But his focus has always been on the processes, procedures, automation, and tools that increase quality and productivity. His early work with hardware microcode simulation was chronicled as part of Tracy Kidder’s Pulitzer prize winning book: “The Soul of a New Machine”.
Rafael Rigues, immersed in technology since he was 10 years old, is a writer and editor with almost 20 years of experience in the technology business. As editor of “Revista do Linux” and “Linux Magazine Brazil” in the early 2000’s, he helped spread the word about Linux and Open Source software in Brazil, later moving on to head two of the most respected technology publications in the country, “PC Magazine” and “PC World”. He specializes in guides, tutorials and product reviews, from computers to consumer electronics, and has authored books about Linux, Retrocomputing and the use of technology in education.
Roxana Avirvarei is a student at Birmingham City University, studying Computer Networks and Security. She is Linux Essential Certified and has a strong interest in open source and the Linux operating system. She is also a laboratory demonstrator for the Linux modules at Birmingham City University. After she graduates, she plans to work in cybersecurity and hopes to continue building her open source skills.
Toby Dunn is a final year computer networks and security student at Birmingham City University. His area of expertise is web security, cryptography and system architecture. To help get more students interested in computer security Toby has worked with fellow students on his course to design, build and program a series of capture the flag events. After graduation he hopes to become a security consultant.
Tyler Burns started his career in the U.S. Air Force. He was on active duty from 2004-2010. During that time he worked with mostly UNIX and Linux systems. After leaving active duty, Tyler worked for Raytheon as a software engineer until 2014. He now works for HRSD as a UNIX systems administrator.