"I do not hesitate at all saying that my success is 100 percent because of the OSL; they set me up to have a successful career. Without that, I don't know what I'd be doing. We need more technical people and more students who can go out and get jobs, and this is such a great model for that."
—Alex Polvi, co-founder and CEO, CoreOS
Alex Polvi was one of the first student employees of the Open Source Lab (OSL), a CASS unit. He went on to found Cloudkick which was purchased by Rackspace. More recently, he and fellow OSL alumni, Brandon Philips, co-founded CoreOS. Read more about their story and how working at the OSL shaped their careers.
"My role at Tesla is to help design and implement test systems, to test our products, on the production line, in the Gigafactory in Reno. I’m excited that I get to have such a big impact on such an innovative company, We hope within a year, the entire company will be using this new technology that we are developing or some version of it. And that’s a big deal in a company that is as long as Tesla and is growing as fast as Tesla is, so that’s really exciting to be able to come on and immediately working on something like that."
—Matthew Johnson, Senior Software Engineer, Tesla
Matthew Johnson is an OSU alumnus who now works at Tesla as a senior software engineer. He is a veteran of the U.S Marine Corps Infantry and served as a law enforcement officer. At Oregon State University, he worked for the Open Source Lab (OSL) and received a scholarship from CBT Nuggets. He recently sat down with College of Engineering to talk about his experience working at Tesla. Read more about his story and how working at the OSL shaped his career.
"The working experience at OSL has set me up so well for career success because it plugged me into this amazing network of open source technologists all over the country and all over the world through the connections I made at the OSL."
—Emily Dunham, Systems Administrator, Mozilla
Emily Dunham was a student systems administrator for the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University. The Open Source Lab provides software services to real-world clients, giving students hands-on experience with open source software and technology.
Several hundred students have received similar training through CASS and have gone on to jobs in leading organizations including: