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Mathias A. Gibbens

Former Graduate Student
Department of Computer Science
The University of Arizona

Phone: 612.460.7375
E-mail: gibmat AT
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I am currently employed full time at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Previously, I was a graduate student at the University of Arizona. My advisor was Dr. Chris Gniady; my research interests included distributed computing systems and novel networking protocols. I received my Masters degree Fall 2014.

I received my undergraduate degree in Computer Science with a strong Mathematics minor Spring 2011 from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. I grew up and attended high school in Cottage Grove, Minnesota.

My passion is operating systems and networking. I love getting down into the details of how things work, and am always striving to further my understanding and knowledge. A strong proponent of Free / Open Source Software (FOSS), I have extensive experience running Linux systems and software development in a UNIX environment.



Distributed Computing with Hadoop over Novel Network Protocols

Continuing research into new and novel approaches to optimizing distributed MapReduce computations running in Hadoop utilizing the Named Data Networking (NDN) protocol.

Eco-Friendly Home Networks

I worked with Dr. Gniady and Dr. Beichuan Zhang on improving the energy efficiency of home wireless routers. The goal of the project was to maintain the user-expected quality of service (speed, network latency, etc) while reducing the energy requirements of the router and maintaining compatibility with existing clients.

Energy Smart Smart Phones

Investigated new ways to reduce energy consumption on smart phones and tablets based on interactive multimedia feedback. Work concentrated on Android devices, but the ideas and concepts developed were universal.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

I have been a graduate TA for the following CS courses: CSC345, Analysis of Discrete Structures and CSC352, Systems Programming & UNIX.


I enjoy relaxing by reading a good book and/or watching Stargate or M*A*S*H. Open Source is a Good Thing(tm), and I proudly run GNU/Linux both at home and at school. I am a licensed amateur radio operator (K0WBG) and enjoyed speaking with people from around the world using the UofA amateur radio club's shack.

You can find out more about my personal projects and interests by visiting my personal website.

Last update: 2017-07-21