Roundtable on Open Source @ UC Santa Cruz

2021 CROSS Research Symposium Panel Discusion

Thursday, October 14, 2021


(Symposium Registration required for access to session)


This panel will identify and explore the roles open source can play in amplifying the impact of research at UC Santa Cruz and to identify challenges and opportunities and what kind of university-wide programs might help.


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    Nithya Ruff, Executive Director of the Open Source Program Office at Comcast; Chair of the Linux Foundation Board

    Nithya Ruff is currently the Executive Director of the Open Source Program Office at Comcast as well as Chair of the Linux Foundation Board. She is also a member of the CROSS Advisory Committee. Ms Ruff has experience advising open source efforts in academia, foundations, and industry. She is an advisor to the Rochester Institute of Technology Open Source Program Office, as well as a board member for OpenChain and the board director of CodeChix. Ms. Ruff has extensive experience leveraging technology and innovation to scale for growth in a wide range of enterprises, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise includes delivering open source solutions across telecommunications, media and entertainment, digital storage, semiconductor, and electronic design automation. Ms. Ruff is a respected leader and influencer in the open source community and has experience building and leading impactful open source programs. Ms. Ruff holds an MBA from the University of Rochester, a MS in Computer Science from North Dakota State University, and a BA in Business Administration from Bangalore University.

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