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Russell Spitzer received his Ph.D from UCSF in 2013 after performing a lot of comparisons of protein binding sites. Following that, he became deeply invested in distributed computing and involved in several Apache projects. While working at DataStax, he became a key contributor to the DataStax Spark-Cassandra Connector, and he also worked on both of those (and other) Apache projects. More recently, he has been involved with the Apache Iceberg project and has devoted most of his time to data file management and advancing the table format. Currently, Russell is a PMC member of the Apache Iceberg project.