Otmar Olsina

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Otmar Olsina

  • Sr. Programmer
  • 301.867.2126
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 619
  • GREENBELT , MD 27701
  • Employer: GLOBAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY INC
  • Brief Bio

    Expert full-stack developer with a focus on workflow design, complex dataset analysis/visualization, maximizing usability, and managing scalability.

    Positions/Employment

    2015 - Present

    Senior Applications Developer

    NASA / Global Science & Technology, Greenbelt, MD
    • Lead applications developer on Level-1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System (LAADS) satellite data ordering system. Modernized user interface and integrated GIS and image visualization capabilities
    • Lead applications developer on Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS). Improvements to usability and performance of the fire data display and ordering system
    2010 - 2015

    Senior Applications Developer

    NOAA - NCEI / IMSG,ERT,GST, The Baldwin Group, Asheville, NC

    Design and development of map viewer application for large dataset visualization. Creating innovative solutions for complex data processing of spatial and gridded data products

    2009 - 2010

    GIS Applications Developer

    Florida State University, Institute of Science and Public Affairs, Tallahassee, FL

    Developed web based mapping applications

    2006 - 2009

    Research Assistant

    Florida State University, Dept. of Oceanography, Tallahassee, FL

    Performed statistical analysis of satellite data observations and created a climatological product for global oceans

    2004 - 2006

    Applications Developer

    Mapfusion Technologies, Toronto, ON

    Designed, tested, documented and maintained multithreaded communication software for a multitude of GPS units from various vendors interfacing with Mapfusion’s Internet application

    1999 - 2004

    Software Developer

    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

    System administrator in the Supercomputer Computations Research Institute (currently FSU Research Computing Center); writing perl scripts to optimize server performance and managed 100s of servers on various platforms; Software development of educational tools, data modeling and GIS applications to support diverse projects in the Institute of Science and Public Affairs

    Education

    M.S. Environmental Planning and Management, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 

    M.S. Physical Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

    B.S. Electrical Engineering, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    AGU-2018, Improvements to FIRMS application data processing, visualization and user experience

    12 / 13 / 2018

    The Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) is the part of NASA’s Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) that provides near real-time active fire data from MODIS and VIIRS to meet the needs of firefighters, scientists and users interested in monitoring fires. Over the last 18 months FIRMS has undergone a major upgrade to improve usability, mapping capabilities, and performance. Enhancements include: distributed dynamic map tile generation, improved web-browser caching, database query optimizations, and a complete redesign of the user interface (UI). The modifications resulted in a 10-fold increase in performance over the previous version and a significantly greater end-user experience. The system now delivers robust email alerts and data download solutions, and a more flexible interactive map. FIRMS online map enables users to: modify the color of fire pixels by instrument and by day or night time fires, view a range of Fire Radiative Power (FRP) values and confidence values, and view current and historic fires as points or grids which highlight fire densities. The server-side processes now run under the LANCE component of the MODIS Adaptive Processing System. In future this system could be expanded to support other near-real time applications.

    Brief Bio

    Expert full-stack developer with a focus on workflow design, complex dataset analysis/visualization, maximizing usability, and managing scalability.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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