The OSU Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) and PSU Computer Action Team (theCAT) provides an amazing program for undergraduate students to learn about system administration. Many of our students have moved on and created their own successful startups and have changed the landscape of open source themselves. This session will cover how OSUOSL and theCAT mentor our students and create rock stars in the industry.Description
Over the past ten years the OSU Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) has provided an amazing program for undergraduate students. Many of our students have moved on and created their own successful startups and have changed the landscape of open source themselves. This session will cover how we mentor our students and create rock stars in the industry.
When our students start they barely know what they want to do with their careers and have maybe run Linux for six months if we’re luck. Within six months they have a basic understand of our infrastructure and programming projects. By the time they graduate within two to three years they are at least one to two years ahead of any other grad with all their hands-on knowledge.
We will cover everything from how we recruit, structure our interview, to how we do the mentoring and some history of how we’ve changed our mentoring over the years. I will also cover several unique aspects of how and why it works so well at OSU with the hope that other organizations can do the same thing.
At Portland State University’s Computer Action Team (CAT) we provide a wide variety of services (direct and remote login machines with nfs homedirs, web, mysql, postgres, project management, version control, collocation, virtualization, storage, backup, GPU through cuda, CAD tools) to the more than five thousand students at the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. We do this with a small set of full time administrators and a small army of students who we train up from literally nothing to becoming fully fledged(and fully rooted) members of the *nix, windows, and networking teams. In this talk we will present our methods and lessons including our teaching format, how we provide graduated access and responsibility through git and puppet, and our answers to the challenges faced by any IT department in higher education today.