Tyler Wixtrom joined the Unidata Program Center as a software development summer intern on May 30, 2017. Tyler has just graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology and will be starting work toward a Master's degree in Atmospheric Sciences at Texas Tech University in the fall. His main interests are in Numerical Weather Prediction and the transition of research to operational applications, as well as in the development of software tools in support of forecasters and researchers. Tyler will be working in development of the MetPy package, with the goal of adding user-friendly functionality for vertical interpolation to various coordinate systems, such as isentropic or isobaric coordinates.
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.
“I enjoy the challenge of problem solving, and software development is all about solving a problem for the benefit of users,” says Tyler. “This internship will be a wonderful way for me to learn the conventions and best practices of software engineering while also creating practical solutions to some of the common challenges that researchers face today.”
Tyler additionally hopes to spend time hiking and exploring the mountains around Boulder and enjoying the many outdoor recreational opportunities the area has to offer.
Please join us in welcoming Tyler to the Program Center for the summer!