Bobby Espinoza joined the Unidata Program Center's software development team on February, 7 2022. Bobby majored in Physics and Mathematics at Texas Tech University, and worked as an engineering physicist with a start-up firm in Lubbock, TX before being admitted into Texas Tech’s Atmospheric Science program. They received their Master’s degree in Atmospheric Science in 2021.
Bobby’s graduate work revolved around answering fundamental questions about the equations governing severe storm dynamics and tornadogenesis; the research relied on high performance computing resources and George Bryan’s Cloud Model 1. As part of their graduate work, Bobby developed an iterative solver which solves the discretized Perturbation Pressure Poisson Equation on a fully non-uniform grid. Their academic interests also include tensor analysis, high energy physics, and cloud microphysics.
Bobby is joining Unidata as part of the Science Gateway team, whose goal is to reduce Time to Science by making Unidata software and resources readily available to researchers and educators. Their current work revolves around technology such as containerization and JupyterHub servers implemented in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Jetstream cloud. Their longer term goals include migrating resources to the new Jetstream2 cloud system, as well as working alongside their colleagues to leverage the system’s new capabilities to, for example, provide pre-configured environments suited to GPU computing and machine learning.
Outside of work, Bobby enjoys cycling, learning new cooking recipes, and playing video games, particularly platformers and turn-based-tactics. As a newcomer to the state of Colorado, they’re excited to explore the state's natural beauty alongside their partner, and they're looking to adopt a cat. They are eager to meet you and contribute to the software you use every day!
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