What is the Braindump?

30 years ago, an intrepid group of hackers banded together to create The Computer Action Team. Through a process known as the Braindump and an environment that rewarded creativity and self-motivation, they honed their skills and helped create an enduring organization that functions as the IT support group for the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.

At the start of the Fall Term, we begin the process of creating a new generation of system hackers. If you’ve thought about getting into IT, becoming a sysadmin, geeking out on networking, or simply getting a crash course in understanding what makes computers tick, you should drop by and see what this is all about by attending our Braindump Orientation. We talk about who we are, what we do, the Braindump, what it takes and The Deal.

Volunteering for theCAT is not a cake walk. You will need:

  • Lots of time!
  • Enthusiasm
  • Drive
  • A willingness to learn (and learn quickly)
  • A love for computers
  • Good social skills
  • Oh, and yes, you should be a PSU student.
  • Did we mention time?

Now that theCAT has adapted to COVID-19, much of our everyday operations have become remote. This includes the Braindump, which typically meets every Friday evening at 6pm either on Zoom or our dedicated Discord server.

If you are serious about learning systems administration, plan to invest about 10 hours a week. And should you join, we promise to simultaneously expand your mind and eviscerate your social life.

See if you have what it takes…

Braindump Orientation

Joining theCAT begins with Braindump Orientation. Orientation attendance is mandatory to be accepted into theCAT. To sign up for the 2021 Braindump Orientation:

  1. From a web browser, sign into your PSU email (
  2. Click the following button.
  3. Complete the Google Form.

Sign up for Braindump Orientation 2021


To see what the Braindump Orientation session covers, check out this short highlights video.

Braindump Induction

We also ask that you fill out the CAT application and send it to us by the following Friday (October 16th, 2020) on Induction Day. To do this remotely, click the following button and log in with your PSU Odin credentials to get to the application.

If you don’t have a PSU Odin account yet, email us at!

Computer Action Team Application

If you have questions, please send e-mail to or call 503-725-5420.