Lansing Madry joined the Unidata Program Center software development staff on April 23rd, 2012. Oddly enough, his previous office was across the street from Unidata's current quarters in the Anthes building of UCAR's Foothills Lab. There, Lansing consumed Unidata products while working for Precision Wind, a company that provides precise, high quality wind forecasts to wind farms.
Lansing comes to software engineering with a strong background in atmospheric science. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 2009, based on his work modeling aerosols in a global microphysical model. "The complexity of the datasets involved presented a significant obstacle to overcome before any sort of credible scientific work could take place," he says. No stranger to wet work, Lansing also built and characterized a smog chamber before launching into web applications programming and Agile development methodologies. Along the way, he managed to summit almost half of Colorado's fourteeners, and he hopes to tackle the remainder as soon as his daughter is old enough to enjoy the outdoors with him.
Lansing is diving headfirst into THREDDS, and hopes that his purely scientific knowledge will be helpful when working with scientists and other users.
"Beyond the connectivity of the internet, the world wide web has effected a profound change in how scientists (and everyone else) communicate and interact," says Lansing. "I wanted to learn more about the communal aspect of scientific achievement, and Unidata is at the heart of geoscience data."
Please join us in welcoming Lansing to the Unidata Program Center!