erik riedel

erik riedel

father of four; PhD; engineering leader, do-er, advisor in massachusetts

practitioner of innovation & inclusion; german in US; he/him

my heart is in the work

Twitter: @er1p

Biographies for publication

Short biography

Erik Riedel, PhD is a regular speaker on both technical and cultural topics. He has worked for over twenty years as an engineer and over fifteen years as an engineering leader. He is currently Senior Vice President of Engineering at ITRenew, building the Sesame line scalable compute & storage solutions. Previously he worked at EMC, Dell/EMC, Seagate, and HP. He splits his time between technical and non-technical contributions, feeling comfortable with both the propeller-heads and the pointy-hairs.

Full biography

Erik Riedel, PhD is a regular speaker on both technical and cultural topics. He has worked for over twenty years as an engineer and over fifteen years as an engineering leader. He is currently Senior Vice President of Engineering at ITRenew, building the Sesame line scalable compute & storage solutions. He was most recently Senior Director of Engineering at Dell/EMC where he and his team built two generations of market-leading scalable storage products with 1000s of worldwide customers and over $1b revenue in all industry verticals. Over the past ten years (twenty years) he has watched new technologies create cultural and organization change with many of these customers, and he has watched and guided similar changes within the organizations that he has built and led. He has built teams and he has monitored, managed, and mentored teams. He has built alliances and partnerships within the corporate structure and across the industry in open source and standards activities. He splits his time between technical and non-technical contributions, feeling comfortable with both the propeller-heads and the pointy-hairs.

Erik is responsible for the hardware and platform software of multiple Seagate, EMC, and ITRenew scale-out “cloud” products with technology focus including hardware appliances, storage, networking, operating systems, security, container orchestration, and fault tolerance. At Seagate, Erik and his team incubated the ethernet-attached disk drives that would later become Seagate’s Kinetic storage platform. He and his team also pursued innovation in consumer storage, performance management, and fault prediction. Erik spent 3 years at HP Labs working on storage and security, and 10 years at Carnegie Mellon University (BS, MS, PhD) on smart and scalable storage.

Erik has spoken at numerous Linux events and research conferences; he has chaired and co-chaired workshops and conferences for USENIX; and served on many program committees. His talks range from conference keynotes, to technical presentations, research papers, and collaboration proposals. Erik was also involved for many years in standards activity and pre-standards collaboration thru the SNIA. Erik lives outside of Boston and is a proud father of four.

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