Aaron Ploetz has been a professional software developer since 1997, and has several years of experience working on and leading DevOps teams for startups and Fortune 50 enterprises. He has been named a Cassandra MVP three times, and has presented at multiple events; including ApacheCon, JConf, and Data Day Texas. Aaron continues to contribute to the software community by answering StackOverflow questions from other developers (mostly in the Cassandra tag), and has worked as an author on the books Seven NoSQL Databases in a Week and Mastering Apache Cassandra 3.x (3rd edition). Aaron earned a B.S. in Management/Computer Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a M.S. in Software Engineering (Database Technology emphasis) from Regis University. When not writing or coding, he enjoys astronomy, retro-video gaming, and skijoring. Aaron and his wife, Coriene, live with their children in the Twin Cities area.