This vision was championed by Dennis Kekas, in his role (among his many) as the lead PI of the Secure Open Systems Initiative, and the envisaged facility became part of the proposed work of SOSI. He was instrumental in giving the current scope and breadth to CentMesh, and shepherding the project through the many administrative and organizational challenges involved in a project of this magnitude. Drs. Sichitiu and Dutta, in complementary fashion, provided depth to the venture, and guided it through the many technical challenges.
These are also the people who have obtained external funding for the project; through the SOSI grant (Dennis Kekas as lead PI, Rudra Dutta one of the co-PIs) and the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (Rudra Dutta and Mihail Sichitiu, co-PIs), both from the US Army Research Office. Dennis, Mihail and Rudra have been, and continue to be, the key enablers of CentMesh.
Dennis Kekas, Mihail Sichitiu, Rudra Dutta, John Streck, John Bass, and Mladen Vouk constitute a standing management and oversight committee for the CentMesh facility. Requests to use CentMesh for new projects are made to this committee. The committee meets as needed, and makes policy decisions regarding priority of access or contention resolution as needed for such requests, as well as the general future direction for the facility.