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From "David Smiley (" <>
Subject Re: Welcome David Smiley
Date Mon, 06 Feb 2012 06:54:03 GMT
Wow! It is truly an honor to be selected by the Lucene PMC to join the
committer ranks.  You are a top notch team of coders working on one of the
most important open-source projects.

About me:

My technical background is all tiers of web development with a focus on the
middle tier and Java.  Of course I have expertise in Lucene and Solr but I
also focus on geospatial matters as well as threading / concurrency.  I like
solving hard interesting problems.

I am employed full time by The MITRE Corporation, a US federally funded
non-profit organization in which I mostly work in the defense sector. I've
been with MITRE for ~14 years. I've been fortunate lately to work on
projects that fund my open-source geospatial work.  I conduct Solr training
at MITRE (1 day and 2-day classes), and I'm sort of a search consultant
within MITRE, advising MITRE and its government clients.  For 6 months, I
have also been working part-time for OpenSource Connections as a search

At home, I'm married with two kids: Adeline who is 10 months old (she's in
my arms sleeping as I write this) and Camille who is 2 years 10 months old. 
I don't know how I found the time to write a book, but now that it's done,
I'm on full parental duty when at home.  For fun, I like to follow Starcraft
2 professional e-sports.  It's conveniently something I can do while I hold
a baby; playing the game isn't, unfortuantely.

I look forward to meeting you all at Lucene Revolution in May!  I live close
by in Lowell.

  David Smiley

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