Staff Profile: Edward LeBlanc
Title: Senior Software Engineer, User Interface
Education: BS Electrical Engineering, plus over 20 years of experience.
What was it about Flow Science that attracted you? At the beginning of my career, I worked at Battelle Labs (PNL-Pacific Northwest Laboratories) in Washington state, and since then I had missed the interaction with highly intelligent colleagues. Flow Science promised that kind of stimulating interchange in a small company environment that I prefer.
What is the best part of your job? In addition to the great colleagues and living in Santa Fe, I like the challenges presented by the FLOW-3D software, and by our users.
I have always tried to make using software that I work on a more pleasant and productive experience, while at the same time making it more robust and maintainable - in a word, I strive for excellence. The FLOW-3D solver engine is great, and the user interface has a lot of potential, but honestly, it does need some improvements. The best part of my job is that I have the opportunity to take the FLOW-3D user interface to the same level of excellence as the solver engine.
Two monitors allow Edward to work twice as much in half the time.
What are you working on right now? We are redesigning the foundation underlying FLOW-3D Model Setup in order to achieve GUI stability and prepare for some exciting improvements in the next few years. Many of the crashes and disappearing data that some FLOW-3D users have experienced should be resolved with these changes. This is a large change modernizing some of the oldest code in the user interface.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? Professionally, I have been most profoundly influenced by the creator of the C++ programming language, Bjarne Stroustrup. Learning C++ was an excellent career choice, and reading Mr. Stroustrup's software philosophy has also had a profound effect on my approach to software.
What do you do in your spare time? After spending most of my time taking care of our son, I try to squeeze in spending some time with my wife and learning to play the guitar.
What is on your reading list? Do you have a recent favorite? For the past several years I have been reading a lot of children's literature to my son. Great children's literature must also appeal to the adults who read it to their children, and we have all had a lot of fun with Michael Ende, Roald Dahl, Paul Maar, Erich Kästner and Astrid Lindgren. I think my favorite of all of these books is Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer (once available in English as Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver), and its sequel Jim Knopf und die Wilde 13 (Jim Button and the Wild 13). The Sams series by Paul Maar is also a great story, but really, they are all master storytellers.
What is your favorite pastime? Skiing, hiking and sailing all take first place. I don't get to do much sailing in New Mexico.