June 21, 2018

Rob is a remote sensing data scientist with experience in algorithm development, engineering, numerical analysis, and system modeling. Rob holds a PhD in Earth System Science and an M.S. in Physics. Out of the office, Rob spends his time with his two kids or performing music.

Rob is relatively new to the team, but he has already begun making important contributions to the Kernel software. In his first week, he submitted a pull request that was merged into the production system a week later. “I am pretty satisfied that I was able to ramp up quickly enough on how TellusLabs does things to begin making a contribution right away,” Rob says, “but it was a challenge, there is so much going on here.”

At the moment, Rob is helping to improve current zonal summary calculation that is at the core of the TellusLabs data processing engine. “It’s the thing that converts stacks of image data into tabular data, one record for each county (in the case of global processing) or farm field (in the case of farm-scale processing),” he explains. He is also in the process of creating a model crop type that would enable TellusLabs to detect what crops have been planted on which fields during the current season (pretty exciting stuff!).

In his first few weeks at TellusLabs, Rob has enjoyed learning and overcoming technical challenges getting to know his new coworkers. “The most unique and also impressive thing about Tellus so far is the combination of talented people with skills in one or more of science, engineering, product, and business,” Rob says, “and not just that we are here, but that we are working together to make something great.”


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