Red Hat Honors Instructors Who Champion Open Source Education

For the second year, Red Hat is honoring the work of higher education instructors who are committed to teaching the open source development process to their students.   The majority of honorees are past participants in Professor’s Open Source Software Experience (POSSE). Launched by Red Hat in 2009, POSSE is a cultural immersion in the tools and practices of open source communities, designed for instructors looking for ways to bring their students into active participation in those communities. These workshops are made possible through National Science Foundation grants awarded to Drexel University, Nassau Community College and Western New England University, and by Teaching Open Source, a member project of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Corporations such as Red Hat and Google provide support through Teaching Open Source and their participation in POSSE workshops, which are co-taught by members of the academic and open source communities. (Read the full news release on

Congratulations to:

  • Aria Chernik, lecturing fellow, Social Science Research Institute, and director, Open Source Pedagogy, Research and Innovation (OSPRI), Duke University
  • Joshua Dehlinger, assistant/associate professor, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Towson University
  • Robert Duvall, lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Duke University
  • Joshua Pearce, professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and advisor, Open Source Hardware Enterprise, Michigan Technological University
  • Alan Rea, professor, business information systems, Haworth College of Business, Western Michigan University
  • Wes Turner, senior lecturer, computer science, School of Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Stewart Weiss, associate professor, Department of Computer Science, Hunter College of the City University of New York
  • Sabine Wojcieszak, lecturer, University of Applied Science Kiel