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Chris Kemp, CIO, NASA Ames Research Center
Chris Kemp brings an entrepreneur's background to his role as CIO of NASA's Ames Research Center, and the time is right for his kind of fresh, opportunistic perspective.
Kemp joined NASA Ames in 2006 as director of strategic business development, a role that played to his experience with Internet companies Classmates.com and Escapia.com, a Web site for vacation rental managers. Kemp made a name for himself in federal IT circles in May 2009 when, at an industry event in Washington, D.C., he revealed a pilot project to develop a cloud computing environment at NASA Ames, one of the first such efforts by a federal agency.
Kemp's Nebula Cloud Computing Platform has its own Web site (Nebula.nasa.gov), a detailed architecture, and it's being used for a variety of applications, including serving as a collection point for lunar images generated by astronomers and enthusiasts as part NASA's LCROSS mission. It's no coincidence that, when federal CIO Vivek Kundra unveiled the government's Apps.gov cloud computing portal, he chose Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley to make the announcement.