ESnet Welcomes New Hires in May
ESnet continues to grow. Read on to learn a little more about the new staff supporting our mission.
Mark Cummings joined ESnet in May as a technical project manager working on implementing the newest generation of the Energy Sciences Network, ESnet6.
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Cummings’ path to computer science was influenced by an architecture course he took through UC Berkeley Extension. “The professor advised me on the realities of a career in architecture, which resulted in my shift to computer science.” Cummings ultimately earned a B.S. in Computer Science from Kaplan University, graduating summa cum laude.
With 25 years of experience in networking, Cummings has worked in many roles - network engineer, network planner, and management - and has led network engineering teams and business-critical network transformation projects in large data centers supporting Kaiser Permanente. His first business-critical project as a manager was to stabilize and upgrade an aged large data center network that suffered multiple outages as the network grew beyond the limits.
“Our team had to organize our plan and act quickly to make meaningful changes that would bring stability back to the data center network. Making positive impacts on a business is truly motivating. I am so excited to be part of ESnet6 upgrade project and how this upgraded network will further enable global scientific research.”
Cummings was born in Petaluma and grew up in Concord. He and his wife Debi have two children and also have guardianship of his niece and nephew, which prompted them to move to a bigger home with property in Clayton, where he now raises horses and cares for his beloved donkey “Vinnie.” Outside of work, he enjoys home improvement and expansion projects, including building a barn, horse stall, chicken coops, and patio decks. Other interests include playing guitar, hiking, football, and soccer. “The women’s world cup is up next - go USA!”
Dylan Jacob is a network engineer who most recently worked at Rice University in Houston, Texas before coming to ESnet to work on the ESnet6 implementation.
Jacob was born and raised in Louisiana and earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. His career in computing sciences started in the United States Air Force where, as a computer operator, he was introduced to classified message processing, information security, and switchboard and network operations.
“I wanted a job in the military where I could develop a marketable skill set that would translate to good career opportunities as a civilian.”
Jacob currently resides in Houston but will relocate to the Bay Area later this year. He has been to Silicon Valley and San Francisco before and is a big fan of the weather and the many outdoor options and adventures available here. He is also a sports fanatic - “mainly basketball and football” - and an avid moviegoer.
Roger Marquis has joined ESnet as a UNIX Systems Engineer with the Infrastructure Team.
Nathan Miller is one of the newest members of ESnet’s Network Engineer team, bringing his expertise to the deployment of ESnet6.
Miller currently hails from Indiana. He has both an undergraduate and graduate degree in computer information systems from Youngstown State University in Ohio. He was formerly employed by the Indiana University GlobalNOC as a network engineer supporting the Internet2 network.
Miller first became interested in networking during high school.
“My high school had a relationship with a nearby vocational school, and they offered a program where you could participate in one of the vocational school's trade programs half day and attend your high school the other half. I signed up for their networking technologies program, received foundational training in computer networks, and went through the Cisco Networking Academy program for the CCNA. This experience led to me further exploring networking as a career in college.”
In his free time, Miller enjoys tabletop gaming with his friends, playing the drums (he’s been playing since he was 10), and CrossFit training.
Kate Robinson joined ESnet earlier this year as a network engineer. She is working on both the current Energy Sciences Network and the design and deployment of ESnet6.
Robinson is originally from Connecticut. She earned her undergraduate degree in computer science and Spanish at Western Colorado University and her graduate degree in telecommunications at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She still lives in Colorado and is working remotely from there for ESnet.
Robinson first became interested in networking while working on her undergraduate degree. “I worked as a work-study student in the IT department at the university and found that I love problem-solving combined with helping people.”
Outside of work, Robinson likes spending time with family and friends, skiing, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, or anything else outdoors.