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NCAR software engineer Rory Kelly ski racing

April 19, 2017 | On weekdays in winter, while most people are still sleeping, Rory Kelly is driving to a ski area in the dark, slipping into his ski mountaineering gear, and training for two hours before heading back to Boulder for his job as a software engineer in NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL).

UCAR's Becca Hatheway at Canyonlands in Utah

August 19, 2016 | As a child, Becca Hatheway loved watching the weather on the news and taking rain and temperature measurements at school. "I thought that was the coolest thing," she says.

The Virginia native also enjoyed visiting the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. when she was young. She remembers wondering what it would be like to work there creating the dioramas and other displays.

NCAR Associate Scientist Luna Rodriguez
July 19, 2016 | NCAR Associate Scientist Luna Rodriguez moved from U.S. Army base to U.S. Army base as a child. She learned how to adapt to new environments and, from her father, the sense of commitment to the country. "My dad didn't want any of us going into the military," says Rodriguez, the youngest of four daughters. "However, we grew up with a strong sense of civic duty."
Delphi Coordinator Marc Genty
June 23, 2016 | Marc Genty serves in multiple roles. Each is a passion. By day, he is a software engineer in the Mass Storage Systems Group of NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Also by day and often by night, for several years he has been the coordinator of the UCAR Delphi Question and Answer Service, a volunteer position.
NCAR scientist Mari Tye
May 5, 2016 | Mari Tye might have wound up with a career in music if it wasn't for the influence of her engineer father--and a rather interesting job before her university studies that involved muck (read on). Today, the project scientist in NCAR's Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Laboratory (MMM) is one of the coordinators of the Engineering for Climate Extremes Partnership (ECEP)
Dan Burge (UCAR VSP)
April 21, 2016 | An administrative assistant at UCP's Visiting Scientist Programs, Dam Burge is known around the office for being warm and friendly. At a holiday party last year, he dressed as Elf, comedian Will Ferrell's warm and friendly movie character. The 35-year-old Burge has also served four tours as a Marine and one as an Army reserve, and this spring he's headed for another deployment.
NCAR scientist Danica Lombardozzi
April 14, 2016 | Many people know Danica Lombardozzi for her passion for ecological science and for co-founding the ozone gardens at NCAR's Mesa Lab and the University of Colorado. These gardens illustrate how plants are damaged by ground-level ozone.
Irfan Elahi, supercomputer installation project manager
April 7, 2016 | Irfan Elahi is the project manager overseeing the installation of our newest supercomputers – first Yellowstone and now Cheyenne. The section head in NCAR's Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) didn't set out to become an expert on building, deploying, and maintaining large, high-performance computing systems.
NCAR scientist Julie Demuth
On June 3, 1980, seven tornadoes touched down in or near Grand Island, Nebraska, killing five people and injuring 200. Julie Demuth, now a project scientist in NCAR's Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorology Lab, was 2 years old at the time. While she doesn't remember that night, the events made an indelible impression.
Paula Fisher
Paula Fisher says it took her only one student teaching stint to learn that secondary school teaching wasn't for her. So the current administrator for NCAR's Advanced Study Program (ASP) took another path. "My skills got me here, and I love it here," she says today.

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