IBM RTP Centre for Advanced Studies

Michael Biersack

Program Director, High Volume Storage Development,IBM - Systems & Technology Group

Michael's organization includes all internal system storage and external attached Entry and Mid-range class storage. Michael would be happy to collaborate on any storage project.

J. Stan Cox

Senior Engineer - WebSphere Application Server Performance Group

Stan's areas of interest include Web application performance and scalability with Web 2.0, J2EE, Web Services and Java. Areas of focus include multicore scalability and virtualization.

Steve Hayden

Advisory Software Engineer, Customer Support

Steve's background includes artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Knowledge Engineering, Software Engineering, Hardware Engineering, Test Engineering, WebSphere Portlet Factory, WebSphere Dashboard Framework

Jim McGarrahan

Senior Software Engineer, Websphere Business Integration & Business Process Management Development

Jim's current role is helping to enable IBM services community and drive product improvements from their feedback for products including WebSphere Business Modeler, WebSphere Integration Developer, and WebSphere Business Monitor. Some of the key areas his team focuses on are business process definition, simulation, implementation, deployment, monitoring, and continuous improvement. Business activity monitoring can be done across a wide variety of applications and environments, resulting in ability to visualize the health of the business and proactively take action to address potential problems.

John Medicke

Chief Architect, SMB and Mid-Market Architecture, IBM Software Group


John keeps a blog which you can read at

Scott Rich

Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor

Scott Rich is a Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor at IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC. He is a Project Management Committee member for the Jazz Project and the development lead for the Jazz Server team. Scott is a member of the core team of the IBM Tools Development Council, and was previously development lead for Rational Application Developer. He has worked at IBM for 20 years, holding a number of technical positions in that time on VisualAge for Smalltalk and Java, WebSphere Studio, and now Rational's team tools.

Timo Salo

Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM WebSphere Technology Institute

Bart Vashaw

Program Director, WebSphere Technology Institute

Bart directs an advanced technology prototyping department. His department focuses on networking, XML, cloud computing, and event processing.