Mike Zuranski joined Unidata on September 19, 2022 as a data engineer. He may already be familiar to many in the Unidata community; Mike comes to the team from the College of DuPage, where he has worked to support the IT needs of their meteorology program and helped to develop and maintain the very popular Nexlab website. He received his A.S. degree with a focus on Meteorology, and a certification in Weather Hazards and Preparedness from the College of DuPage as well.
Mike received the Russell L. DeSouza award for community service from the Unidata Users Committee in 2020, and accepted an invitation to join the Committee soon thereafter. While he's had to leave his post on the Users Committee to join the Unidata staff, he'll be concentrating on many of the same geoscience data-centric issues he focused on as a committee member.
At Unidata, “I want to help make geosciences data more available and easily accessible by making it easier to find, improving documentation, and by acting as a liaison with data stakeholders and providers,” says Mike. He plans to be an active presence on Unidata's email lists, blog, and possibly other outlets. He's also hoping to contribute to development efforts around Unidata data technologies where he can.
Mike lives outside of Chicago, but would like to make his way to Colorado eventually. In his spare time, he's working on improving his web development skillset, plays various types of video games, and drinks copious amounts of coffee.
Please help us welcome Mike to the Unidata Program Center Team!