Fred Bourgeois

Fred J. Bourgeois, III is CEO and founder of Team FREDNET, an open source mission to land a vehicle on the Moon (www.teamfrednet.org). Mr. Bourgeois has been dreaming and making plans to pursue space exploration since he was two. Originally from Waveland, Mississippi, Bourgeois spent most of his childhood and pre-college years in Huntsville, Alabama, where he attended Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom High School. Mr. Bourgeois received his BSCS degree from Tulane University's School of Engineering. After attending the Tulane Graduate School, he began a career in academia teaching Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, and later for Eaton Corporation's Information Management Systems Division, and several University extension programs. His teaching for Eaton included support for clients utilizing satellite systems and networks, and command, control, and communications programs. Mr. Bourgeois worked as a contractor on classified programs at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Following his work at JPL, Mr. Bourgeois came to Silicon Valley to work for MetaWare Incorporated as a Senior Compiler Developer after which he started his own software development and consulting business, FREDNET. In 1999, FREDNET was renamed Applios Inc. (Applied Open Source Technology) and continues to provide Software Development, Systems Engineering, Networking, and Information Security solutions today. Applios' current and former clients include Lockheed Martin, NEC, AMD, Transmeta, Resilience, Sun, SJSU, many Silicon Valley startup companies, and a number of local, regional, and national Internet Service Providers. Mr. Bourgeois can be reached at fred.bourgeois@teamfrednet.org.

Broadcast 1193 (Special Edition)

Guests: Dr. Sean Case, Fred Bourgeois, Richard Core, Wade Butcher, Mike Barrucco for Team FREDNET. Topics: Team FREDNET and the Google Lunar X Prize. Team FREDNET was our guest for this show, talking about its open source approach to designing its Google Lunar X Prize entry. Our guests talked about the Web 2.0 tools being used on their site for open source, including their forum, and how it was bringing people together in a collaborative effort for their lunar project. We also discussed the downstream commercial value for going to the Moon, especially after the contest ends.

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