Thomas Heckwolf, is a Research Scientist for the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Applied Systems Laboratory in Huntsville, Alabama. While working in the telecommunication industry as an engineering technician, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Athens State University. Upon his graduation, he started his journey in the software industry as an embedded Software Engineer for ADTRAN Inc., a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. Leaving ADTRAN Inc., he took a position as a Research Scientist for the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Applied Systems Laboratory which conducts world-class applied research, development, test & evaluation for several government agencies located at the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal and local Huntsville area. While at GTRI, he earned his Master of Software Engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University. Currently, when not investigating and learning new technologies, he is the Vice-Chair of the IEEE’s Huntsville Section Computer Society and Chair of the IEEE Huntsville Section’s Young Professionals. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, dog (Buzz), and his son, the newest member of the family. In his spare time, he also likes to play a few rounds of golf.