Adele Shakal

Adele Shakal’s path in the IT industry has included webmastering, UNIX systems administration, technical project management, and IT emergency operations planning, after obtaining her BS in Geochemistry from California Institute of Technology. She currently leads project and knowledge management at Metacloud, which offers private clouds based on OpenStack. She divides her personal time between Pasadena and the San Francisco Bay Area, designs costumes for mythic theater, encourages students in STEM fields, and mentors her neighbors in sustainable vegetable gardening. She has presented at local LOPSA chapter meetings and technical conferences including USENIX’s LISA and CascadiaIT.


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