Justin T. Gibbs, President and Founder
Justin is a Software Engineer at Facebook. His past experience has ranged from office application development at Microsoft to embedded systems for general aviation aircraft at Avidyne. A member of the FreeBSD Development Team since 1993, Justin has contributed to many areas of the FreeBSD operating system, and is best known for his work on the SCSI subsystem. After serving on the FreeBSD Core Team from 1995-2000 he created the FreeBSD Foundation to provide a non-profit framework for funding FreeBSD development and community support.
Philip Paeps joined the FreeBSD Project as a src committer in 2004 beginning with work on ACPI. He has since moved on to other areas of the kernel, as well as becoming a ports committer. He was the core team secretary from 2008 to 2012, and a member of the security team from 2007 to 2015.
As an independent consultant, Philip provides research and development on low-level software and operating systems, particularly in an embedded or real-time context. His main interests are bootloaders, device drivers and high-performance networking. In addition, Philip was one of the main organizers of FOSDEM, the largest annual open source software conference in Europe, from the early 2000s until 2015, and is currently involved with the organization of EuroBSDcon and various other conferences all over the world.
Dr. Hiroki Sato, Director
Hiroki Sato, Ph.D. joined the FreeBSD Development Team in 2000. He has been working as a member of the Core Team since 2006 and the Release Engineering and Documentation Engineering Teams since 2004. His focus is maintaining the project’s documentation, text processing software, and IPv6 network functionality, while actively promoting FreeBSD in Asian countries by hosting AsiaBSDCon. In 2014 he founded BSD Research, a Japan-based non-profit to support development and communities of FreeBSD in Japan in collaboration with FreeBSD Foundation. He is currently an assistant professor of Communications and Computer Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Dr. Robert N. M. Watson, Director
Dr. Watson is a University Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Systems, Security, and Architecture at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, where he leads a research team exploring intersections between operating systems, networking, security, program analysis/transformation, and computer architecture. He has worked extensively with industrial consumers of FreeBSD to support their interaction with the open-source community, and developed the MAC Framework that supports product-specific security models, such as the sandboxing features in iOS, Mac OS X, and Junos. Previously, Dr. Watson was a Senior Research Scientist at McAfee Research. He co-authored “The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System.” He has served on the FreeBSD Core Team and Foundation Board for over ten years and has been an active contributor to the open-source FreeBSD operating system in the areas of security, networking, and release engineering since the late 1990s.