Ryan Quick received degrees in English and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and went on to study American Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School. His lifelong hobby of working with computers provided a means to support himself through college and he has been a part of the Internet and Linux communities since the early 1990s. He focused on distributed systems for the last 25 years, with special attention to the interaction between applications, operating systems, and the hardware and networks underlying them. Ryan holds patents for messaging middleware systems, and is a pioneer in bridging High-Performance Computing technologies with enterprise best-practice infrastructure. An expert at scale-out systems, UNIX kernel design and profiling, Mr. Quick has been recognized for innovation in hardware, application, and object-marshaling. His current efforts bring machine learning, real-time eventing, set-selection, and digital signal processing technologies to bear on predictive analytics in self-healing to command and control systems.