Alex Haberlie is working on his PhD at Northern Illinois University, writing a dissertation on the climatology of mesoscale convective systems. Prior to beginning his dissertation, Alex earned his Masters, also at Northern Illinois University, in Geography with an emphasis in meteorology and his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin, Platteville.
Alex's overall interests are in applied climatology and meteorology, and how the two interrelate within the last twenty year timeframe. His primary task while interning at Unidata will be to add GIS functionality to MetPy. GIS functionality will improve the accuracy of the mapping capabilities already in place within the software.
As a regular user of several Python packages, I am very grateful for all of the hard work that is put into developing, testing, and maintaining those projects. This internship is a great opportunity to pay it forward and work with some of the leaders in the open source community in meteorology.
You can read about Alex's work on the News@Unidata blog. Inside the article you'll find links to his results and a recording of the 2016 interns' end-of-summer seminar for the Undiata staff.