Lydia Bunting joined the Unidata Program Center as a software development summer intern on May 17, 2021. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University in the spring of 2020, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Atmospheric Science at Texas Tech University.
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.
“Unidata — especially the MetPy project — struck me as such an interesting way to support and facilitate research efforts into the atmosphere and its processes,” says Lydia. “I’ve used MetPy and Python for atmospheric science research previously, and I’m very interested in seeing how the software is created and used by other researchers and scientists.”
During her internship time, Lydia hopes to help with the development of new MetPy features, work on fixing existing problems, and gain a better understanding of the software development process. She also wants to learn more about how the software developed at Unidata supports research and scientists.
Away from the (virtual) office, Lydia enjoys reading, playing board games, and exploring coffee shops, and trying new types of coffee.
Please join us in welcoming Lydia to the Program Center for the summer!