Cece Hedrick joined the Unidata Program Center (UPC) team on October 16th, 2017 as a software developer. Her first day at the office coincided with the joint meeting of Unidata's Users' and Strategic Advisory Committees, so … we pretty much threw her in the deep end of the pool. On the bright side, Cece got an instant introduction to the community we're working for.
Cece studied astrophysics and computer science at the University of Nebraska. As an astronomer she has worked in a wide range of research categories from supermassive black holes, circumstellar disks, and symbiotic stars to the Martian atmosphere as part of NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. As a computer scientist she has also explored a wide range of research topics, such as, bioinformatics, modeling and simulation for war gaming, and user experience/human computer interaction within the learning sciences. As a software developer, Cece has previously worked on military secure messaging and data transfer solutions, cable television software product continuous integration, and space weather prediction and analysis software.
Cece joined the Unidata team because, she says, “I’m really excited to work on the mission of creating tools that make the process of doing earth science research faster and easier for scientists. It is cool to think I can help scientists crush science, while I crush software.”
Starting off at Unidata, Cece is focusing on a joint project with the University of Miami: Drawing Rich Integrated Lat-lon-time Samples from Datasets Online into Working Notebooks (DRILSDOWN). The project aims to expose the data management and visualization features of the Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) via python and the Jupyter notebook interface.
Please join us in welcoming Cece to the Unidata Program Center Team!