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I am a Ph.D. computational astrophysicist and open science devotee currently working for the Department of Statistics at Columbia University studying open coding, open data and issues statistical issues of reproducibility in the sciences. The main focus is a project called ResearchCompendia. ResearchCompendia is a web service that allows researchers to run codes associated with scientific publications. The service allows authors of publications to create companion websites on which others may reproduce the paper's results or run their own parameters. The service only requires a web browser as all calculations are done on dedicated cloud resources. ResearchCompendia is operated by a not-profit, and all services are free.

I have ten years of experience designing, developing and testing massively parallel numerical simulations that evolve highly non-linear partial differential equations in three or four dimensions for dynamical systems (close binary black holes and neutron stars). Though my degrees are in physics, and astrophysics, I have very strong and unique computer science background in software development and testing, numerical simulations, analysis, database management, and cluster management.

My main operating system is Linux (though I used OS X at NASA). I have extensive experience with both independent and large scale collaborative software design, development, and testing. I have experience developing for large scale parallelized simulation software (Cactus and Carpet), for distributed computing software (Einstein@Home), and developing and working with visualization software (DUSTVis). I have a lot of experience with versioning systems (Git, SVN, CVS), and database management.

My personal simulation codes are usually C++ (parallelized with OpenMP or MPICH). Smaller simulations are written in Java. Collaborative simulation codes are sometimes Fortran. For analysis I use Gnuplot, Octave, Matlab, Mathematica, or Maple. The scripting for simulation management and analysis I usually use Python, Ruby, bash, or Perl. I am always quick and eager to learn new languages and skills.

From 2010 to 2012 I occupied a NASA Postdoctoral Position (NPP) in the Astrophysical Sciences Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center doing numerical relativity and gravitational astrophysics related to the (now de-funded and dead) LISA mission (Laser Interferometer Space Antenna) and relevant to LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory).

I received my Ph.D. from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany for research at the Max-Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik (Albert Einstein Institute) in February 2010 for the thesis "Numerical Simulation of Binary Black Hole Spacetimes and a Novel Approach to Outer Boundary Conditions".

I am currently living in Tucson, Arizona. In my free time I occupy myself with open source projects, scientific paper editing, Coursera/Udacity classes, electrical engineerig projects, fire spinning, and rock climbing.

I like hunting dragons, I like rapid prototyping and I get compulsively excited about results on the horizon. I am never bored. I am passionate and hard working, but I also enjoy life and am very engaged. I do not believe these two things are separate, nor do I believe they need to clash.