ECE/CS Senior Wins Global Linux Scholar Challenge


February 4, 2002

ECE/CS senior Michael Schellhase was named one of the top 25 developers of innovative open-source applications among colleges and universities around the world in IBM's first annual Linux Scholar Challenge. Competing with 1,400 other students representing 64 countries, Schellhase won an IBM Thinkpad laptop running Linux.

"This was a great contest to participate in," Schellhase said. "I'm excited to offer my input as an experienced programmer since Linux is a large component of our school's technologies."

Schellhase's "Rtest" software, an application designed to improve software testing, runs alongside other applications, sending test signals at specific points in the execution process, according to an IBM news release. Its purpose is to synchronize how and when program processes are reviewed in order to standardize software testing and improve the overall performance of tested applications.

The predominant number of entries included Linux projects that enhanced usability, developed an application, or built tools for the Linux environment, IBM reported, adding that entries ranged from developing software for cluster management and load balancing to building a Linux-based robot named "Cyclop."