Daniel Nielsen

position: 
Scientific Programmer
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Education: 
EAS B.Sc. 2014
last name: 
Nielsen
first name: 
Daniel
company: 
Ace Info Solutions, Inc.
current location: 
Silver Spring, Maryland
Please briefly describe your current job: 
Providing IT solutions to NOAA's National Weather Service and its Meteorological Development Laboratory
What is your favorite part of your current position: 
Being able to influence the future of weather forecasting is definitely the coolest part of my job. I am currently working with the National Blend of Models, which is a calibrated set of forecast guidance provided by several models; this guidance changes the way the National Weather Service forecasts the weather on a daily basis.
How did your EAS education prepare you for your current job?: 
Without many EAS courses, including atmospheric dynamics, synoptic meteorology, and environmental data analysis, I would not have the necessary meteorology knowledge or the scientific and computer skills that are vital to my current position. Additionally, my undergraduate research experience helped me to understand how to question things scientifically, something that has helped me not only in my current position, but also during my time as a Graduate Research Assistant. Finally, my Practical Internship with the National Weather Service during my senior year helped me to understand how NOAA and NWS operate, which has made my adjustment into my current role that much easier.
What do you wish you had known as an EAS undergraduate in order to land the job of your dreams?: 
In my laboratory, the majority of people have attended graduate school, either for their M.S. or Ph.D. Going to graduate school was a great decision for me, and made the difference when it came to my job search. Also, I was able to gain additional computing and programming skills during my time in grad school, and this has proven to be very useful toward my current position.