Linda DeMichiel is a senior architect in the Java EE Platform group at Oracle and specification lead for Java Persistence 2.0 under the JCP (Java Community Process). Previously, she was the spec lead of JSR 220, responsible for launching and leading the initiative for EJB 3.0 and Java Persistence API. In 2006, she garnered recognition as the JCP Outstanding Spec Lead for Java SE/EE. Prior to taking on EJB, she implemented Sun's first object/relational persistence product; she also worked at IBM on object/relational extensions to both DB2 and the SQL99 standard. She holds a doctorate in computer science from Stanford University.