Phoenix, Arizona
March 3-6
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Bill Katsak

My name is William Katsak, and I’ve worked as the Chief Architect at Taekion (http://taekion.com) since October 2017. I am also currently in the final stages of a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Rutgers University, with a focus in computer systems. I have 10 years of combined industry and academic experience mainly with operating systems/distributed systems. and have worked writing software in the commercial sphere continuously throughout my Ph.D, including multi-year co-op research projects at Bell Labs and Ericsson Research. In additional to my graduate school teaching duties, I have also taught Operating Systems at the graduate level at Syracuse University. I am the co-author of a patent (#US9792419B2) written during my work at Bell Labs, and of several additional patent applications in process from my work at Taekion.

At Taekion, I oversee the day-to-day development, do hands-on programming, as well as lead strategic architecture planning for Taekion’s data integrity platform (which is built on Hyperledger Sawtooth). My main focus has been building a foundational blockchain-based data layer using Sawtooth for the US Department of Energy, the US Air Force and our commercial clients. The use of blockchain as a core application layer is my main focus. My main day-to-day programming languages are Golang, Python, and C. I am also competent in Java and C++.