Jonathan Thielen joined the Unidata Program Center as a software development summer intern on May 21, 2018. Jonathan will be a senior this fall at Iowa State University, majoring in meteorology and mathematics. His current research revolves around WRF sensitivity studies, focusing on convective morphology of mesoscale convective systems. This summer, Jon will be working on further integrating xarray into MetPy and implementing cross section functionality.
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.
“In my research and coursework so far, I've already been able to see the usefulness and importance of Unidata's software and data services,” says Jon. “I am so glad to be able to play some part in advancing the MetPy package for the benefit of the atmospheric sciences community … and to help us move on from GEMPAK. It's also an amazing opportunity to do this while learning from some of the experts in the field here in Boulder.”
Spending these few months in Boulder is not just about writing software, though. Jon also looks forward to spending time walking and biking around town and in the foothills, watching storms, and generally escaping the humidity of a midwestern summer.
Please join us in welcoming Jon to the Program Center for the summer!