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Featured Grad Student - June 2012


Mat Kelly
MS, Old Dominion University


Mat Kelly received his B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Florida in 2006. Upon completion, he joined and continues to work for the Blade Agency/Blade Software/MindSolve Technologies and assisted in the transition of MindSolve Technologies to the Fortune 500 company SumTotal Systems.

In 2008, Mat began his Master's Degree at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. In Fall 2009, Mat served as a research intern for BMW Group's Information Technology Research Center in Greenville, South Carolina with projects in corporation scale data center power optimization research as well as determining the feasibility of executing an implementation in rapid iPhone application development utilizing findings in solo software engineering practices developed through research at The Citadel.

In Summer 2010, Mat transferred to Old Dominion University to continue his Master's Degree at a more research-oriented institution. In Spring 2011, Mat began work on the Archive Facebook project through Dr. Michael L. Nelson from the Web Sciences and Digital Libraries (WS-DL) Research Group at Old Dominion University and brought the software project back to working order. In June 2011, Archive Facebook was presented at the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)/National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) Partner Meetup in Washington, DC. Also in Summer 2011, Mat began work as a research assistant with Dr. Michele C. Weigle on the Tmix project for the Intelligent Networking and Systems (iNetS) Research Group at Old Dominion University.

In June 2011, Mat began work with NASA Langley Research Center via Science System and Applications, Inc (SSAI) in Hampton, Virginia developing mobile applications to access and deliver real-time NASA Satellite Cloud Products to Mobile Devices.

In Fall 2011, Mat began further exploration into personal web archiving for the WS-DL Research Group in support of his MS thesis. Also in Fall 2011, Mat began work on the NSF-Funded ALERT: Emergency Re-tasking of Wireless Sensor Networks project for iNetS.

Also in June, 2012, Mat presented a software project (WARCreate) he had created for WS-DL at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) in Washington, DC. The project's purpose was to assist in overcoming some of the difficulties the digital preservation community has in personal web archiving. An extension of this work is to be presented at DigitalPreservation 2012 (the continuation of the NDSA/NDIIPP Meetup) in July 2012.

At DigitalPreservation 2012, Mat will receive the 2012 NDSA "Future Steward" Innovation Award for his work on WARCreate.

Mat has been admitted to Old Dominion University's PhD program in Computer Science and will continue his studies at ODU upon the completion of his Master's Degree Thesis in Summer 2012.