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Star Spec Lead Profiles

The Java Community Process (JCP) program applauds the community's Star Spec Leads. These leaders earned this honor through their efficient, prompt, and transparent communication with their Expert Group, the Program Management Office (PMO), and the Executive Committee (EC). They used community web pages, observer aliases, and other tools to communicate with their expert group, the JCP program community, and the public. They kept their Java Specification Requests (JSRs) on schedule by making sure their team stayed focused and felt appreciated. The JCP program congratulates and honors these Star Spec Leads.

Mark Reinhold

Dr. Mark Reinhold is Chief Architect of the Java Platform group at Oracle. His past contributions to the platform include character-stream readers and writers, reference objects, shutdown hooks, the NIO high-performance I/O APIs (JSR 51), library generification, and service loaders. Mark was the lead engineer for JDK 1.2 and 5.0 and the Spec Lead for Java SE 6 (JSR 270) and Java SE 7 (JSR 336). He currently leads the Jigsaw and JDK 8 projects in the OpenJDK Community, where he also serves on the Governing Board, and he is the Spec Lead for Java SE 8 (JSR 337). Mark holds a PhD in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Several years ago, the PMO recognized Mark's contributions by inducting him into the Star Spec Lead Hall of Fame. Then, in 2011, the JCP community nominated Mark Outstanding Spec Lead "for his leadership and promotion of the first Java SE platform JSR in several years."

Mark speaks regularly at conferences, including Devoxx and FOSDEM in Belgium and JavaOne in San Francisco. See videos of his talks on, or follow him on his blog or Twitter feed @mreinhold.

Go to the Star Spec Lead Program page for more information.
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