Nancy CollinsSoftware Engineer IV
Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe)
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, CO 80307
nancy .at. ucar.edu
I am a computer scientist and software engineer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). My interests are in scientific programming systems, especially high performance parallel applications, and the software tools (like scientific visualization systems) necessary to support the discovery process.
The Data Assimilation Research Testbed (DART) is an effort led by Jeff Anderson to develop a suite of software to explore data assimilation methodologies instead of data assimilation programming. The intent is to develop a very modular suite of models and observations to facilitate research in data assimilation and forecasting.
I work on the underlying software structure of the system, including parallelizing the code with MPI.
Organizationally, I'm in the
Data Assimilation Research Section (DAReS)
of the Institute for Mathematics Applied to
Geosciences (IMAGe), which is part of the
Computational and Information
Systems Laboratory (CISL) which was formerly known as SCD.
How's that for alphabet soup?
My previous project at NCAR was architecting and implementing early versions of the Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF), a large, multi-agency effort to encourage interoperability between climate and weather models from different institutions.
Before coming to NCAR I got my Master's Degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, working on a project to automate the identification of "features" in large scientific datasets.
I was at IBM Research (in Yorktown Heights, NY) for 17 years. I worked on 3 projects while I was there: a "large" (for the time) PC file system, an embedded Intel 386 operating system, and IBM Visualization Data Explorer (DX). I was one of the original DX software group members and did much of the design and implementation of the product. It did very cool images. It has now turned into an open source software project sheparded by folks at the Univ of Montana. (if you see all lower-case comments in the original code chances are they are mine.)