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UCOSP / FOA Winter 2014 Introductions

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I’m finishing up my last year at Western University for Finance & Computer Science. Most of my experience to date has been product and UX related, so I’m hoping to hone some technical skills as well as get a better feel for rails through my work on MarkUs. This seems like a great opportunity to learn about collaborative development, and to build something that can make many lives easier. I love buildings things, so this seemed like a natural fit!



I’m a third year student at the University of Toronto. I became interested in the UCOSP program after my Software Tools and Systems Programming Instructor and current mentor for MarkUs – Karen Reid – talked about her trip to Facebook and experiences students had with the program. I wanted to get involved with MarkUs specifically as I have used MarkUs as a student so it seems really cool to contribute to something I have seen in used in a live classroom setting. Finally, alongside a distributed and local development and support environment, I believe this could foster a challenging and enjoyable project for the semester.


I’m a Master student at the Cornell University. I found this class interesting when I read the description of the class in how we will collaborate with other students from other universities to work on an open source project. I think this will be a very important and useful experience since I think this is how the “real world” application is being developed and built especially when we join to a company that already has its system running. I hope this class will be a great and enjoyable experience for me for this semester.


I’m in my last year at the University of Western Ontario. I was introduced to UCOSP by a friend who took it in first semester, and it sounded like a great opportunity. I’m excited to learn and gain experience that comes from working on an open source project. Also, I’m looking forward to meeting new people that are interested in this type of work. I think this is going to be a great class for giving us skills and tools that we can apply to the workforce when we’re done school. I’m happy that I got accepted to work on Markus, as it was one of my top choices, and I can’t wait to start contributing.


I’m a Masters of Engineering in Computer Science student at Cornell University. I did my undergraduate degree at Hobart College, where I received a BS in Computer Science. I became interested in taking a class where we work on an open source project because I use open source software everyday. I am very excited to work with everyone involved in the MarkUs project. I can’t wait to start contributing to the ongoing process, while learning about Ruby on Rails and also learning about the development of an open source piece of software along the way.


I’m in my last year of computer engineering at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) in Brazil, also, from 2011 up to 2013, I did the last two years of the French engineering diploma in Télécom Paristech in France. When I saw the description of UCOSP, I thought: “This is going to be awesome!” Working on an open-source project with people all around the world will give us an incomparable experience, improve our skills and teach us a lot! I hope we can contribute a lot with MarkUS this semester.


photo (2)1I am a fourth year software engineering student at the University of New Brunswick. I know the UCOSP from my professor and a friend of mine who joined the program last year. I think it would be awesome experience to work with new people all across the world. This will be a good start to contribute my knowledge to an open source project. I am also looking forward to learn more about developing website through Ruby on Rails.

Other than coding, some of my interests include skating, playing badminton and photography.

Andrew Hernandez

My name is Andrew Hernandez and I’m in my fourth and final year at Western University. I heard about UCOSP last year from a friend who participated and he told me it was a great way to get industry experience and learn how to work with others. I’m looking forward to learning more about Rails and MarkUs throughout this term and look forward to meeting all of you at the code sprint.

Rafael Padilha

My name is Rafael Padilha and I study Computer Engineering at State University of Campinas, in Brazil. I saw in the FOA a great opportunity to develop some technical skills, meet new people and work in an open-source project as MarkUs. I am looking forward to learn more about Ruby on Rails and MarkUs during this term.

Written by Zach Munro-Cape

January 24th, 2014 at 4:12 pm

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Introducing the MarkUs Team – Fall 2011

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We are 5 students working on MarkUs – as part of UCOSP – this fall. Who are we?

Alex Krassikov

Alex is a forth year Computer Science student at UofT. He is the vice president of the Computer Science Student Union at UofT, creating ample opportunities for students to socialize and have fun while making valuable connections for the future. Alex has most of his experience in Java, C, and Python, but in the past has dabbled in languages such as Scheme. He occasionally uses his coding skills to make little apps that help him make accurate decisions in his favourite video games or help his fellow neighbours. Besides coding, Alex enjoys recreational activities which include but not limited to: ultimate Frisbee, playing board games, baking cakes and muffins, as well as staring at cute pictures of cats.







Luke Kysow


Luke is a fourth year Computer Science student at UBC. He has worked for UBC on their website UBC Events, for SAP in their Innovation Center and recently for EA on their FIFA site. Luke has worked in Ruby, PHP, Java, C, a little Perl and soon to be added Erlang, Haskell and Prolog! He has also done freelance work on the side, creating websites, and is in the midst of starting a company with a friend. When he’s not on the computer, Luke is rock climbing, bouldering, skiing and playing video games… okay that last one is on the computer too.








Razvan Vlaicu

RazvanRazvan is a fourth year computer science student at UW. He has worked all of his off terms while in school for a startup company in Waterloo called Aeryon labs doing software development for their product. Razvan has spent most of his development experience in C, C++, and Java. In his spare time he enjoys bicycling, running, and exploring the art of video game design.







Erik Traikov

ErikErik is a fourth year computer science student at UW. As a co-op student, some of my work terms have included doing SQL & PL/SQL scripting, teaching scheme and c/c++ to first and second year students at the university, and doing iPhone development in objective-c. In my spare time, I like to play dungeons and dragons as well as Magic: the Gathering. In fact, I was invited to nationals in august, and I will be attending a tournament this weekend (sept 17) in Montreal.








Severin Gehwolf

SeverinSeverin is a fourth year Computer Science student at University of Toronto who spent most of the last 16 months hacking on Eclipse plug-ins. In particular, Fedora Packager for Eclipse and Eclipse Linux Tools. Severin’s programming experience ranges from Perl hacking on XIMS, Ruby and Ruby on Rails to Java and Eclipse Plug-ins with some occasional forays into the C/C++ programming world. Severin studied business in Austria, has done Apache httpd web server administration, is now maintainer of some Fedora packages and currently works for Red Hat. He is mostly interested in operating systems, networking, Web programming and computer systems in general. He enjoys to hack on MarkUs in his spare time and will have a closer look at MarkUs’ performance this term. In his spare time he enjoys canoeing, skiing, running, reading, good food and the occasional beer as well as describing himself in the third person 😉

I look forward to meeting you at the code sprint!

Written by Severin

September 13th, 2011 at 3:35 am

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