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Mel Chua
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Fedora Information
FAS name: mchua
Fedora email:
IRC nick: mchua
IRC channels: #teachingopensource, #fedora-cloud, #eucalyptus, and others.
Fedorapeople page:
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I'm a grad student working on my PhD in the Engineering Education department of Purdue University. My research focuses on the space between how hackers learn and how engineers are taught - in other words, how to make college classrooms more like open source projects. This page describes the Fedora-related projects I'm working on. Feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, or ideas you might have. (more detailed bio)


Email: mchua{at}
IRC: mchua on freenode
Personal website:

Quick reference

You might be looking for...

  • My talk page - for leaving me a message.
  • My projects - to see what I'm working on, have worked on, or should/would-like-to work on. (note: somewhat deprecated)
  • Daily reports - what I've been doing (note: deprecated)
  • My braindumps - Thoughts in progress that are not yet fully formed or ready to go to main wiki. Probably inaccurate, half-baked, or some combination of the two. You have been warned.
  • /Templates - things I've made that may be useful for wiki-users.
  • /Sandbox - for playing with wiki syntax.
  • /Newcomer convo - an example of a student's first IRC chat.


I come to Fedora via my work at OLPC, where my interest in community-based QA and support began. As someone with an (electrical and computer) engineering background with a passion for self-directed learning, my strongest interest is in bridging the worlds of undergraduate and graduate education (particularly for engineering and business) and open-source practice. In addition to hacking code and hardware, I also enjoy building university-based programs, running (and speaking and teaching at) conferences, unconferences, and hackathons, wrangling wiki pages, mailing lists, documentation, and curricula, and whatever else it takes to get the job done. I spent 2.5 years at Red Hat as a member of the Community Leadership Team focused on both Fedora and education outreach, which took the form of working with the Teaching Open Source community.

Current goals and projects

No big Fedora projects at the moment - but I'm open to ideas. ;-)

Older goals and projects