The Center for Research in Open Source Software (CROSS) was founded based on the success of former UCSC student Sage Weil and the Ceph storage system. At CROSS, we create open source leaders by blending open source software strategies with graduate-level research in a concentrated environment of mentorship and interaction with world class industry, academia, and open source experts. CROSS transfers cutting-edge technology resulting from student research to industry via successful open source projects.

CROSS as part of the Baskin School of Engineering (BSOE) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) opens up a new career path for Ph.D. students to become open source software leaders and entrepreneurs, following the steps of - to name just a few among many - Sage Weil (Ceph), Matei Zaharia (Apache Spark), Chris Lattner (LLVM, Clang), and Margo Seltzer (Berkeley DB). Our proximity to Silicon Valley allows us to match our world class research expertise with leading tech experts. We draw from this expertise to choose projects that have a high potential for impact. Our projects are mentored and guided by a team of experts chosen specifically to best ensure success.




CROSS is led by Director Carlos Maltzahn and his staff Assistant Director Stephanie Lieggi and Administrative Assistant Lavinia Preston, with the help of the Industry Advisory Board consisting of industry members and the Advisory Committee consisting of UCSC-appointed open source software and entrepreneurship experts, including Doug Cutting (Cloudera), Karen Sandler (Software Freedom Foundation), Sage Weil (Red Hat), and James Davis (UCSC).

The CROSS stakeholders and their benefits are:

Industry gets to:

  • Leverage open source software to create and shape new markets
  • Network with talent and potential recruits
  • Influence education, research, and the next generation OSS systems

Talent (Students, Postdocs) can:

  • Become an OSS leader and well-known expert
  • Learn how to get systems built
  • Know where to find the right tools & technologies

UC Santa Cruz gets to:

  • Efficiently transfer technology and strengthen its beacon of innovation
  • Attract and fund talented graduate students
  • Leveragge the OSS communities and technologies for education and research

Continue on to How We Work.

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