What is the Braindump?

29 years ago, an intrepid band 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 the CAT 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?

The Braindump typically meets every Friday evening at 6pm. 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…

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

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

Our next Braindump Orientation session will be held on Friday, October 9th, 2020. If you want to be added to our mailing list, please follow this link and click “Join group.”

We also ask that you download the CAT application, print it out and bring it the following Friday (October 16th, 2020) on Induction Day.

Download CAT Application