Geek Feminism Wiki

This article has been proposed as a feature article for the GF wiki homepage. Please help us by improving it, or visit Meta:Featured articles to find out more or discuss.

This article was nominated in November 2009 by Skud.

Mallory Chua (most widely known by her gender-neutral nickname "Mel") is a PhD student at Purdue University, specialising in Engineering Education.

Open source and education

Mel has worked on a number of open source projects, especially related to education, including:

  • One Laptop Per Child
  • Fedora
  • OpenHatch / Open Source Comes to Campus
  • POSSE (Professors' Open Source Summer Experience)[1]

She has also served as an advisor to the Ada Initiative since 2013.

Many of her talks/articles on open source are listed on her website and in her academic bibliography or on Google Scholar.

Gender neutral nickname

Mel wrote on her blog about the effects of her gender-neutral nickname, proclaiming that she is indeed a young woman.


Mel is deaf, and often writes about deafness, disability, and accessibility on her blog, eg:

External links