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Ian McGinnis
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328


Ian develops software for NOAA's Science on a Sphere project and for GSL's verification team. He uses C++, Python, OpenCV, Flask, and other technologies to implement features designed to reduce or eliminate complexity for the end-user and to provide new ways for users to display multiple sets of planetary data in a coherent story.

Ian also has experience in a DevOps role. Ian has championed and lead teams transitions from home-grown build systems to industry-standard tools, set up containerized build processes via Jenkins and GitLab, as well as lead transitions from Subversion to Git, GitLab, and GitHub. Within the larger organization, I am regarded as an advocate for best practices for development.

Outside of work, you can find Ian skiing, backpacking, and homebrewing.

Research Interests
  • Software Engineering
  • Cloud Computing
  • DevOps

  • B.A. in Physics, St Olaf College, 2012

Honors and Awards 
  • Team Member of the Month, NOAA ESRL/GSD, October 2018
  • Scientific Poster of the Month for Science On a Sphere® team award - Technical Innovation, NOAA ESRL/GSD, 2018.
  • Colorado Governor’s Award for High-Impact Research (Honorable Mention) for the Science On a Sphere and SOS Explorer visualization systems team award, CO-LABS, 2017.
  • Bronze Medal Award for Science On a Sphere® team award, NOAA, CIRES, 2015.