Rebecca Anne Ringuette

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Rebecca Anne Ringuette

  • SCIENTIFIC SOFTWARE DEV
  • 111.111.1111
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 674
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: ADNET SYSTEMS INC
  • Brief Bio

    I am currently employed as a Scientific Software Developer for ADNET Systems, Inc, at the Community Coordinated Modeling Center at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The primary focus of my work is to build tools based on the Kamodo software package for CCMC users to more easily work with model output data in multiple programming languages (https://github.com/nasa/Kamodo). My background is quite varied and compliments my current work well. While pursuing my doctorate degree in physics, I gained experience in gamma-ray scintillation detector development for ground-based and high-altitude balloon observations, onsite detector array maintenance, design and coding of custom analysis software in IDL, and scientific analysis and publication of the detected terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. Since then, I spent a few years teaching physics at the high school and university levels while my husband finished his degree. In my previous position as a postdoctoral research fellow on the HaloSat team, I especially enjoyed developing software in Python, performing research on the solar wind and its effect on the terrestrial environment, and working with other team members. My driving motivation is to produce software and scientific results that will eventually impact the public, such as my work at CCMC.

    Positions/Employment

    10/2020 - Present

    Scientific Software Developer

    ADNET Systems Inc. via CCMC, Bethesda, MD and Greenbelt, MD
    • Developing a satellite flythrough software based on the Kamodo software package to work with a large selection of model output data at CCMC.
    • Building additional tools on top of the satellite flythrough software, such as a reconstruction tool and a line-of-sight tool, to be model data agnostic.
    • Contributing to the vision of heliophysics infrastructure as the field develops.
    12/2018 - 9/2020

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
    • Increased speed and usefulness of previous pipeline software in python, including using the matplotlib library.
    • Developed original analysis and pipeline software using python, python/linux scripts, Xspec scripts, and PyXspec.
    • Responsible for the internal data reduction manual; assisted with HaloSat’s HEASARC documentation.
    • Coded metadata and data content and structure according to HEASARC standards.
    • Served as primary contact for HaloSat’s data and metadata archival with HEASARC.
    • Lead on data cleaning and particle background analysis for the HaloSat CubeSat mission.
    • Advising for science planning of heliospheric and magnetospheric solar wind charge exchange observations and in-orbit ‘dark Earth’ calibrations.
    • Analysis and publication of results for particle background properties and dedicated heliospheric and magnetospheric solar wind charge exchange observations.
    • Remotely mentored an undergraduate intern at GSFC under Keith Jahoda for four weeks.
    • Worked with other HaloSat team members – faculty at other institutions (NASA GSFC and academic), two graduate students, and a few undergraduate students.
    8/2008 - 8/2014

    Graduate Research Fellow

    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

    See the dissertation for details:Observations of Terrestrial Gamma Flashes with TETRA and LAGO

    https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_dissertations/2934

    Teaching Experience

    Instructor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA                                                  Aug 2018 – Dec 2018

    - Partially interactive astronomy lectures for large classes (~200 student per section) using lab worksheets and demonstrations.

    - Coached students as a class and one-on-one to enhance analytical thinking skills and student participation.

    - Courses: Solar System Astronomy (first semester astronomy course), and Stellar Astronomy (second semester astronomy course), three sections total.


    Adjunct Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA                   Aug 2017 – May 2018

    - Socratic-style interactive lectures for large classes using Iclicker and Powerpoint (~90 students/class).

    - Coached students as a class and one-on-one to enhance analytical thinking skills and student participation.

    - Administration skills: WileyPlus homework assignments with grading, Moodle resource and grade management, Scantron grading, Iclicker questions and grading, slide and document preparation using Microsoft Office, additional grade calculation using Excel.

    - Courses: Algebra-based physics (Physics 207), two sections per semester.


    Instructor, Runnel’s High School, Baton Rouge, LA                                                        Aug 2014 – May 2017

    - Specialized in partially ‘flipped’ format with increasingly Socratic and classical methods.

    - Guided students through inquiry-style experiments in introductory physics topics.

    - Incorporated a catapult competition in all classes as an exposure to basic engineering concepts.

    - Encouraged student interaction and participation using Google apps, Moodle, and Kahoot.

    - Courses: AP Physics C: Mechanics, Honors Physics, Regular Physics, and Physical Science.


    Math Program Manager/Instructor, Sylvan’s Learning Center                                   Jan 2008 – Aug 2008

    - Assigned, tracked, and directed student progress through low performing math topics*.

    - Documented and updated student skill profiles based on student progress and instructional feedback*.

    - Instructed elementary, middle, and high school students prescribed math concepts with interactives.

    - Led up to three Socratic-style tutoring sessions in differing topics simultaneously.

    - Taught ACT Math and Science Comprehension preparation classes .

    - *Manager duties were added in April 2008.

    Education

    Doctorate of Philosophy, Physics, 4.0 GPA                                                                                         2014      

    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA                                                                           

    Dissertation: Observations of Terrestrial Gamma Flashes with TETRA and LAGO

    https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/gradschool_dissertations/2934

     

    Masters of Science, Physics, 4.0 GPA                                                                                                       2013

    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA  

     

    Bachelors of Science, Physics, Summa Cum Laude                                                                                            2007

    Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA   

    Sophomore Honors Distinction

    Professional Service

    Faculty Sponsor, Runnel’s Raiders Robotics Club                                                            Aug 2016 – May 2017

    Faculty Co-Sponsor, Runnel’s Chess Club                                                                       Aug 2016 – May 2017

    Director, Runnel’s Catapult Competition                                                                          2015, 2016, and 2017

    Coordinator, Runnel’s Physics VIP Field Trip to Stennis (yearly)                                         2015, 2016, and 2017

    President, Society of Physics Students (SPS) at LSU                                                       May 2004 – May 2006

    Facilitated monthly meetings, campaigned in physics classes to recruit members, supervised officers, and coordinated with faculty, officers, and members to provide requested physics demonstrations.

    Note: Awarded the SPS Leadership scholarship based on performance in this role.

    Air Force ROTC Cadet, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA                                                                Aug 2003 – Dec 2004

    Awards

    ETS Recognition of Excellence Award (Top 15% on Praxis II: Physics Content Knowledge)                           2017

    2nd Place in LSU’s Three Minute Thesis Competition                                                                                  2014

    Golden Key International Honor Society (Top 15% of class by GPA)                                                         2009

    Keen-Morris Prize (Outstanding Achievement in Physics at LSU)                                                              2007

    TOPS Honors Scholarship (ACT score of 30 or higher, maintain 3.0 GPA)                                      2003 – 2007

    Sigma Pi Sigma Member (Physics Honors Society)                                                                                   2006

    Omicron Delta Kappa Member (National Leadership Honors Society)                                                      2006

    LSU Sophomore Honors Distinction                                                                                                         2005

    LSU Centennial Award                                                                                                                            2005

    Phi Kappa Phi George Robertson Freshman and Member                                                                         2005

    Silver Wings Outstanding Associate Member (elected by active and associate members)                  Spring 2005

    LSU President’s/Chancellor’s Honor Roll (4.0 GPA per semester)                                Fall 2003 – Spring 2005

    LSU AFROTC Commander’s Academic Award                                                                                         2004

    2nd Place in Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair, Region VII (Individual project)                                2003

    1st Place in Louisiana Science and Engineering Fair, Region VII (Group project)                                      2002


    Brief Bio

    I am currently employed as a Scientific Software Developer for ADNET Systems, Inc, at the Community Coordinated Modeling Center at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The primary focus of my work is to build tools based on the Kamodo software package for CCMC users to more easily work with model output data in multiple programming languages (https://github.com/nasa/Kamodo). My background is quite varied and compliments my current work well. While pursuing my doctorate degree in physics, I gained experience in gamma-ray scintillation detector development for ground-based and high-altitude balloon observations, onsite detector array maintenance, design and coding of custom analysis software in IDL, and scientific analysis and publication of the detected terrestrial gamma-ray flashes. Since then, I spent a few years teaching physics at the high school and university levels while my husband finished his degree. In my previous position as a postdoctoral research fellow on the HaloSat team, I especially enjoyed developing software in Python, performing research on the solar wind and its effect on the terrestrial environment, and working with other team members. My driving motivation is to produce software and scientific results that will eventually impact the public, such as my work at CCMC.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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