Frank Romano is based in Annapolis, MD where he works as a Senior Solutions Engineer at Cloudera. He has a degree in Computer Engineering and has spent over 30 years designing hardware, firmware and software for various technology sectors. He started his career as a Radar Engineer for Raytheon where he architected and implemented the world’s first digital waveform generator used in Phased Array radars. He went on to work in other industries such as Gaming (GTECH), Consumer Electronics (BOSE) and Data Storage (MAXTOR, EMC) In 2008, he shifted his technology focus to a new technology from Yahoo called “Hadoop” which lead him to join the National Security Agency as a Technology Director reporting directly to the CTO of the agency to start a new lab called the "Cloud Computing Laboratory (CCL). The CCL was responsible for the development work in Hadoop, Openstack, NiFi and Accumulo. He joined Hortonworks in 2014 and was the 231st employee supporting their new focus in the Public Sector. He has architected Big Data platforms for various agencies within the DoD and Federal Civilian sectors and spoken at various conferences. He considers this the best technology and job he has ever had helping customers harness the immense power of the Big Data technologies.