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Announcing the First OpenDaylight Ambassadors


The OpenDaylight Ambassador program was created to help sustain and grow the global userbase as more and more people become interested in the project. OpenDaylight Ambassadors are passionate about the project, open SDN and are recognized for their expertise, leadership and willingness to share their knowledge for the betterment and growth of the community.

Please join us in welcoming the first OpenDaylight Ambassadors! They are:

Anil Vishnoi is a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Brocade, India. His research focus includes SDN, network virtualization and cloud and data center networks. Anil has been an active participant in OpenDaylight since inception and contributed to a number of projects and technologies including the OpenDaylight Controller, load balancer sample applications, the MD-SAL based Statistics Manager module and the OpenFlow Plugin Project.

Brent Salisbury is a software developer on the OpenDaylight project for Red Hat. He blogs at with a focus on disruptive technologies that have a focus on operational efficiencies. Brent is an active contributor to OpenDaylight primarily in areas concerning network virtualization and OpenDaylight’s integration with OpenStack such as the OVSDB Project.

Chris Price is theopen source manager for SDN, cloud and NFV at Ericsson where he focuses on the development of technology and innovation. Chris is a member of OpenDaylight’s Technical Steering Committee and has helped guide technical progress, quality standards and inter-project collaboration as the project matures.

Colin Dixon is a principal engineer at Brocade and was previously a computer systems researcher at IBM Research's Austin Lab. Colin was a mentor for the OpenDaylight Summer Intern Program and is a core contributor to OpenDaylight on projects including Table Type Patterns in the upcoming Helium release.

Kyle Mestery is a principal engineer and chief OpenStack architect in the office of the cloud CTO at Cisco. He is also the program technical lead for OpenStack Neutron. He primarily works on projects within OpenDaylight that interact with OpenStack Neutron and the OpenStack community and is integral contributor to work that bridges the two communities. Kyle also writes a blog at

Madhu Venugopal is a senior principal software engineer at Red Hat where he is involved in SDN and Network Virtualization solutions in the office of the CTO at Red Hat. Madhu was named “Most Valuable Developer” leading up to OpenDaylight’s first software release, Hydrogen, and is among the top five contributors of the project to-date.

Matt Oswalt is an all-around technology nerd, currently focusing on networking, open source, and everything in between. He is at his happiest in front of a keyboard, next to a brewing kettle, or wielding his silo-smashing sledgehammer. Matt has been an active supporter and participant in the OpenDaylight community as well as a code contributor. He hosts a blog on industry hot topics at

Milson Munakami is a graduate student and research assistant in computer science at Boise State University. As a developer and an open source enthusiast, Milson is excited to share knowledge to advance open SDN and help grow the OpenDaylight community.

Masashi Kudo is a senior manager at NEC Corporation and oversees development for the company’s SDN controller products. In 2011, he successfully launched the world's first production-ready SDN product. Masashi is one of the lead committers of OpenDaylight’s Virtual Tenant Network (VTN) Project.  

Srini Seetharaman is a contributor to and the technical lead for SDN at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Center. Srini was previously a member of the OpenFlow/SDN team at Stanford, where he led the SDN deployments in several nationwide campus enterprise networks.

Tom Nadeau is a distinguished engineer and chief architect of open source software in the software business unit for Brocade where he leads the development of commercial open source products. Tom has been an integral part of the OpenDaylight community especially as it relates to integration with OpenStack. He often leads technical discussions and overviews for the project at industry events.

OpenDaylight Ambassadors represent the project and provide a point of contact for those looking to get involved in the community so please feel free to reach out to learn more about how you can get involved.