Izzy Pfander joined the Unidata Program Center as a software development summer intern on May 17, 2021. She completed a double-major in Computer Science and Environmental Science from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon in May, and is planning to begin graduate school in the fall of 2022.
The Unidata Summer Internships offer undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to work with Unidata software engineers and scientists on projects drawn from a wide variety of areas in the atmospheric and computational sciences. Because UCAR facilities are still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Unidata's summer 2021 internships are taking place remotely, with interns and mentors meeting frequently via Slack and Google Hangouts.
“I love coding because it gives me the ability to solve complex problems and interpret the world in which we live,” says Izzy. “When applied to what I consider humanity’s most challenging and multifaceted problem, the climate crisis, I find the integration of computation especially exciting.”
“I first learned about this internship after spending time on the Unidata website researching netCDF libraries for my climate modeling thesis project,” she continues. This summer, Izzy will be updating and expanding the NetCDF-Java online tutorials. “I am eager to learn about these libraries, improve my technical skills, and gain experience working with leading scientists here at Unidata,” she says.
Please join us in welcoming Izzy to the Program Center for the summer!