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02-06-2002

Clarkson University Wins Worldwide Ibm Competition

Potsdam, NY – Clarkson University, one of the smallest nationally-ranked research universities in the U.S., has captured the main prize in a global competition sponsored by IBM, the Linux Scholar Challenge.  The program promotes student involvement in creative uses for the Linux open source operating system.  Clarkson earned the highest overall score among the 669 universities that entered the competition.  With only 25 student winners worldwide, six were from the U.S.  Remarkably, Clarkson is home to three of the six U.S. student winners, beating out students from American Ivy League schools and other prominent international universities.

During the recent award presentation at LinuxWorld in New York City, Clarkson President Denny Brown acknowledged the necessity of giving students the opportunity to experiment and the tools to succeed.  “At Clarkson, students created the Open Source Institute that serves as a thinktank for them to partner with companies like IBM who want to see open source systems grow rapidly,” Brown noted.  “Linux  and open source software currently show great growth potential in today’s business and technology environments. And the Scholar Challenge is the perfect opportunity to showcase Clarkson students’ cutting edge work at our Open Source Institute.”

“We are extremely proud of these students who have distinguished themselves by competing and winning in a global challenge. Research and education at Clarkson are highly collaborative and team focused to find innovative solutions to problems.  The outcome of this learning environment is apparent in the astounding results of the Linux competition,” Brown added.

Announced in August 2001, the IBM Linux Scholar Challenge invited students to submit original Linux projects that enhanced usability, developed an application or built tools for the Linux environment. The company received more than 1,400 entries from 64 countries. 

As the overall winner, Clarkson will receive a z800 series e-server for Linux valued at approximately $250,000.  The server will be placed in the Clarkson Open Source Institute for exclusive use by students and faculty for open source research and projects.  Each of the 25 students will receive an IBM ThinkPad laptop.  Student winners include Phillip Allen (North Bangor, NY) and Matthew Finlayson (Norwell, MA) who submitted an award-winning joint proposal and Dwight Tuinstra (Potsdam, NY) and Bryan Clark (Londonderry, NH) each with individual entries.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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