Senior Technical Team
Mason Macklem, PhD, Senior Scientist
Mason Macklem has over 15 years of research experience in high-performance computing, distributed computing networks, and visual data compression. He joined the Research and Development division of Packeteer Networks Inc. in 2000, focusing on perceptual data compression and human visual system modeling. From 2002 to 2004, he worked at the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics (CECM) and the CoLab Visualization Lab at Simon Fraser University, and from 2004 to 2008 at the Dalhousie Distributed Research Institute and Virtual Environment (D-DRIVE), focusing on numerical optimization and high-performance computing. Dr. Macklem completed his BA in Mathematics at University of British Columbia in 2000, his MSc in Mathematics at Simon Fraser University in 2002, his PhD in Computer Science in 2008 from Dalhousie University, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UBC-Okanagan from 2009-2010. Dr. Macklem is a two-time NSERC scholar and a three-time Killam Fellow. Dr. Macklem joined the Kelowna technology team in June 2011 as a Senior System Architect, designing server-side systems for a variety of data-centric projects, including highly-scalable automated systems for data ingestion and automated signal analysis, algorithm and system design for variable-priced computing resources, and perceptual video encoding.
Herre Wiersma, Senior Technologist
Herre Wiersma completed his BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science at Acadia University in Nova Scotia in 1999, and his MSc in Mathematics in 2002 at Simon Fraser University. Mr. Wiersma’s research concerned nonlinear functional analysis and convex optimization, with a focus on monotone operator theory. At SFU, Mr. Wiersma also worked at the Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics (CECM) on stock option pricing models using entropy maximization, and distributed cluster-based software for parallel numerical optimization. In 2002, he moved to the Mathematics department at Dalhousie University, working with the Dalhousie Distributed Research Institute and Virtual Environment (D-DRIVE) research lab. At D-DRIVE, Mr. Wiersma engaged in a variety of projects, including: contributing to the Digital Library of Mathematical Functions (DLMF) project, a National Institute of Standards and Technology reference tool widely used by scientists and engineers; procuring, building and benchmarking the D-DRIVE compute cluster for use in distributed mathematical research; and further work in monotone operator theory, nonlinear functional analysis, and optimization. Mr. Wiersma joined the Kelowna technology and software development team in August of 2011, developing infrastructure for our content delivery network, distributed video trancoding systems, peer-to-peer data transfer protocols, and low-latency video communication.