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NumFOCUS Board of Directors

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Lorena Barba
Lorena A. Barba is Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the George Washington University, in Washington DC. She has MSc and PhD degrees in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology and BSc and PEng degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Chile. Previous to joining GW, she was Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University (2008–2013) and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer of Applied Mathematics at University of Bristol, UK (2004–2008). Barba is an Amelia Earhart Fellow of the Zonta Foundation (1999), an awardee of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) First Grant scheme (UK, 2007), an NVIDIA Academic Partner award recipient (2011), and a recipient of the National Science Foundation Early CAREER award (2012). She was named CUDA Fellow byNVIDIA in 2012, and is a sought-after speaker about high-performance computing, fast and efficient algorithms and computational science.

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Ralf Gommers (Secretary)
Ralf Gommers received his PhD in physics from University College London and did his post-doctoral work at MIT, working in the field of experimental atomic physics. After a short period working on electronics for Magnetic Resonance Imaging devices at Philips Research, he is now a designer for advanced lithography machines at ASML in the Netherlands. During his post-doctoral work he became involved in the SciPy community. He is an active contributor to NumPy, SciPy and statsmodels, and has also contributed to scikit-image. Ralf has been the NumPy release manager for two years, and is currently the SciPy release manager.

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Jennifer Klay
Jennifer Klay is an Associate Professor of Physics at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.  She has worked with big data at the CERN Large Hadron Collider’s ALICE experiment for 14 years, unlocking the secrets of the early Universe by colliding heavy nuclei at the highest energies available in the lab.  She has managed several large scientific software projects in nuclear and particle physics experiments and is the Executive Council Chairperson for the Neutron Induced Fission Fragment Tracking Experiment (NIFFTE) Collaboration.  Over the past several years she developed an introductory computational science course using the IPython notebook to teach data analysis and numerical methods for students in the physical sciences.  She loves to code and advocates computer software education for all as an essential 21st century technical skill.

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Didrik Pinte (Treasurer)
Didrik Pinte has had a mixed career between academia and the private sector. As a researcher, he focused his work on large scale water allocation problems during 4 years at UCL, Belgium. After another 5 years running his own consulting company in the field of environmental data management systems, mostly based on Python, he joined Enthought in 2009 where he started the European operations. He is now CTO of Enthought since 2014.

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Andy Terrel (President)
Andy Terrel received his PhD in computer science at the University of Chicago in 2010. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer at Fashion Metric. His major emphasis of research has been on the automation of numerical methods on high performance computing resources. To this end, he has provided numerous contributions to a wide variety of open source projects, including the popular FEniCS project and SymPy.Dr. Terrel has held roles at universities, government laboratories, and several companies. In all of these roles, Dr. Terrel has been an expert in HPCcomputing as well as an advocate for the open source software movement. Dr. Terrel has served as chair and organizer of many scientific computing conferences including SciPy Conference, FEniCS Conference, HPC^3, and Scientific Software Days. He is an active contributor and reviewer to several scientific computing journals.

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Matthew Turk
Matthew Turk is a Research Scientist at NCSA and a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois astronomy department.  He graduated from Stanford with a PhD in physics in 2009, where he worked
on the formation of the first stars in the universe.  He has been involved with the yt project, an analysis and visualization toolkit for volumetric data, as well as simulation codes for studying astrophysical phenomena.  He has participated in the organizing and program committee for SciPy, as well as the WSSSPE series on
sustainability in scientific software, and strongly believes in the power of communities to foster deeper scientific understanding through computational science.