A Lifetime of Curiosity about How Things Work
Jeff Weber, Project Manager
What influenced you to pursue a career in science?
I love science, and have always been interested to see how and why things work. And I have ALWAYS been fascinated with weather!
Who are you at work and what does a typical workday look like? (Please introduce what you do as well.)
I am a Project Manager at the Unidata Program Center. My days are incredibly diverse. I work with real time data, 3D visualization tools, case studies of interesting and exciting weather, and community outreach. (Jeff has been a "Science Wizard" at NCAR's Super Science Saturday public event for more than a decade!)
Who are you outside of work?
I love the outdoors, spend alot of my free time hiking, skiing, and riding my bike. I also am a musician and enjoy playing a variety of instruments and genres.
What has been your favorite work-related experience?
My field work on the Greenland Ice Sheet has probably been my favorite. We installed multiple towers along the melt equilibrium line in the late 1990s, and we are still accessing real-time data from these stations. I find it very rewarding to know that the data my towers collected is helping form policy on climate change.
The Power of One: If you could thank only one person for academic or career support, who would it be?
I'd thank Konrad Steffen, my advisor in grad school. He was very precise and he guided me towards doing correct science and the importance of giving your best effort at any task you take on.
What advice would you offer to someone interested in a career like your own?
Be well rounded. Find a niche to focus on, but be aware of the greater world and society. Try to understand how it may benefit or be impacted by your science. Have fun! Science is fun and should be done in a friendly environment with people working towards benefiting society. Science does not often happen in a vacuum. Be outgoing and discuss and challenge scientific ideas and notions. This will make you a better scientist and person, and it could also present you with new and rewarding opportunities.Jeff Weber, Project Manager