SciPy 2021, the 20th annual Scientific Computing with Python Conference was a virtual conference July 12-18. SciPy® is a community dedicated to the advancement of scientific computing through open source Python software for mathematics, science, and engineering. The annual SciPy Conference allows participants from all types of organizations to showcase their latest projects, learn from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development. The full program was consist of two days of tutorials followed by three days of presentations, and concludes with two days of developer sprints on projects of interest to attendees.
Flight Software Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Michael Starch has been a software engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for over a decade. In that time he has designed and built cloud-scale data processing systems, engineered flight control software, and advocated open source software development. Most recently he was the Mars Helicopter Downlink and Tools lead for Ingenuity's first powered flight on another planet. He also functions as the cognizant engineer and community manager for the open source F′ embedded systems framework used on a number of spacecraft including Ingenuity itself. Underpinning all this is a love of automation and a healthy dose of Python.
Michael graduated with a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan College of Engineering in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In his free time, Michael mentors students at a local high school, helps organize local technical organizations, and loves to talk anything tech.
After working in a crime lab, Dr. Burks returned to academia, teaching, and forensic science research. Her research team is focused on the development of colorimetric and luminescent sensing systems with integrated image and chemometric analysis for forensic applications. She is co-creator of the Digital Imaging and Vision Applications in Science (DIVAS) project which created a pedagogical and programmatic "onramp" that empowers natural science majors to engage in authentic computational problems as members of community of practice.
Beyond the bench, Dr. Burks is a popular science communicator appearing regularly on TV, radio, podcasts, and print outlets. Most recently, she was a series regular in the Smithsonian Channel show "The Curious Life and Death Of..." and writes a science-meets-true crime column called “Trace Analysis” for Chemistry World. In 2020, she was awarded the American Chemical Society's Grady - Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public.
Central to Dr. Burks' research, teaching, and service is the central tenet that equitable, diverse, and inclusive spaces and practices both respect people and produce scientific outcomes of greater integrity. She is a member of several local, national, and international committees, task forces, and projects focused on social justice and STEM.
Fernando Pérez is an Associate Professor in Statistics at UC Berkeley and a Faculty Scientist in the Department of Data Science and Technology at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on creating tools for computational research and data science across domain disciplines, with an emphasis on high-level languages, interactive and literate computing, and reproducible research. He is particularly interested in the intersection of physical models and machine learning in geoscience, to address critical problems such as climate change and environmental protection. He created IPython while a graduate student in 2001 and co-founded its successor, Project Jupyter. In 2021, IPython/Jupyter was named by Nature one of the "Ten computer codes that transformed science".
Pérez is a co-founder of the 2i2c.org initiative, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and the NumFOCUS Foundation. He is a National Academy of Science Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow and a member of the Python Software Foundation. He is a recipient of the 2017 ACM Software System Award and the 2012 FSF Award for the Advancement of Free Software. He holds a PhD in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and did postdoctoral research in applied mathematics at the same institution.