PCSE Students Visit Pioneering Tech Companies

Leading open-source companies Red Hat and Percona on itinerary for CNU group.

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Students, faculty and staff members from the Department of Physics, Computer Science and Engineering visited Red Hat and Percona, two leading open-source technology companies in Raleigh, North Carolina. The trip was was an extension of the Department’s signature outbound student success and recruiting program, Pizza My Mind.

RedHat is the world’s leading provider of open source, enterprise IT solutions. The CNU group toured Red Hat Tower and discussed the company's cutting-edge operations before a presentation by PCSE alumnus and Red Hat developer Juan Vallejo '16, who discussed the latest efforts by his team on OpenShift, RedHat’s newest container application platform.

Percona delivers enterprise-class open-source database solutions and services to over 3,000 clients, including the vast majority of Forbes 100 companies. After a comprehensive presentation focusing on future trends in open-source database applications from Matt Yonkovit, Percona’s chief customer officer, CEO Peter Zaitsev discussed entrepreneurship with the CNU group.

"The trip was very interesting. It was cool to see the offices of Red Hat and Percona and to ask questions of the staff of each the companies," computer engineering major Austin Tisdale says.

"This was a great experience for our students, as well as the faculty and staff who were able to attend," says Dr. Edward Brash, professor of physics. "It is important for all of us to keep abreast of new and emerging trends in computing and computational science, and the experts at Red Hat and Percona certainly delivered. Everyone we met with was incredibly engaging and welcoming – it was a great day.”

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