Nathaniel Martinez joined the Unidata Program Center as a student summer intern on May 31, 2022. He is a rising 4th year student at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL, where he is working towards a double major in computer science and environmental science.
“Growing up close to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, train yards, and forest preserves, I’ve become aware of some of the detrimental effects stemming from the interaction between humans and the environment,” says Nathaniel. “During high school, when I first explored computer science, I found the intersection between these two fields to be particularly promising and underexplored.”
Over the past two summers, Nathaniel has worked at Argonne National Laboratory generating and clustering radar images depending on the intensity of atmospheric convection present. “I really enjoyed being able to combine two of my interests — atmospheric and computer science — into one project. This summer at Unidata, I will continue to do this by working on expanding Metpy's radar functionality, documentation, and examples,” he says. “I’m looking forward to expanding my technical skill set and continuing to work in the field I love!”
Aside from working at Unidata this summer, Nathaniel hopes to take advantage of all of the hiking and biking opportunities that Boulder has to offer, as well as exploring Colorado as a whole.
Please join us in welcoming Nathaniel to the Program Center for the summer!