Fred J. Bourgeois, III has been dreaming and making plans to pursue space exploration since he was two. Growing up in a "NASA family" probably had a lot to do with that. 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 along with scores of other NASA kids. Bourgeois was early recognized for his mathematical talents, and went on to receive 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. Bourgeois' teaching for Eaton included support for clients utilizing satellite systems and networks, and command, control, and communications programs. Bourgeois next worked as a contractor on classified programs at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena, California. Weary of the classified world, his next endeavour brought him to Santa Cruz, California (near Silicon Valley), where he initially worked for MetaWare Incorporated as a Senior Compiler Developer, and then into his own software development and consulting business, FREDNET. Now operating for more than 16 years, the company was renamed Applios Inc. (Applied Open Source Technology) in 1999 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.

Fred J. Bourgeois, III is the Founder and Leader of Team FREDNET, the First and Only International Open Source Competitor for the Google Lunar X PRIZE.  http://TeamFREDNET.org/


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