Staff Profile: Arun Isaac Jose
Arun takes some time off CFD to explore Tent Rocks,
a short drive from Santa Fe, NM.
Education: Btech in Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras
MS in Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland
Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland
How long have you worked at Flow Science?
It's been just over a year since I joined Flow Science.
What is the best part of your job?
The fact that I get to learn new things and apply what I learn. Every project teaches me something new and the work is never boring.
What was it about Flow Science that attracted you?
I was primarily attracted by the opportunity to work as a solver developer in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics, which has been my area of interest for many years. The friendly and supportive environment in Flow Science was an added bonus.
What is the most interesting project you are working on right now?
I have been working on a couple of interesting projects for the next release. Extending the capability of FLOW-3D to handle partially overlapping meshes was a neat and elegant addition. Improving the memory management of the code by separating the memory for solid and fluid regions was also a big project. Seeing the improvements in computational speed, reduced memory footprint and smaller output file size was quite satisfying.
What technology currently excites you the most?
I think the integration of FlowSight post-processing interface into FLOW-3D is very exciting! I believe this will take the user experience to the next level.
What do you do in your spare time (when you're not at Flow Science)?
I enjoy playing chess. Nowadays, I mostly play online bullet chess where you get 1 minute of thinking time for the entire game! It's not the best way to improve your game but it's very exciting! I also enjoy reading and taking online courses to improve my knowledge and skills.
Rumor has it that you’ve been playing chess for some time. When did you start playing chess and have you won any notable matches or beat any worthy competitors? (Hint: we know that you have.)
Yes, I used to play as a kid in chess tournaments in my home town of Chennai, which has a good chess culture (the current world chess champion, Viswanathan Anand is from Chennai). In the US, I briefly played for the University of Maryland in local tournaments. I have beaten some players who have done well at the state and national levels in India. But perhaps the strongest player I have beaten is my twin brother who is also very passionate about chess!
You're going to India this fall to visit your family after 4 years in the States. Are you happy, nervous, excited? And what are you going to eat first?
I am really, really looking forward to this trip and it would be special in many ways. Four years is indeed a long time and I am sure many things will be different in India this time. The first thing I am going to eat is my Mom's masala dosa with sambhar and coconut chutney!
You came in second at the first unofficial developers ping pong tournament. When did you start playing ping pong and would you say it's your favorite sport?
I started playing ping pong when I was about eight years old. I would say that ping pong is my second most favorite sport (If you can call chess a sport!). Since then I have been playing on and off. I haven't played for some years now, so it was very nice to get back to playing. I was surprised that I came second because there are some talented ping pong players in the Flow Science Developer group.
After only being at Flow Science for a short time, you created a holiday card for everyone in the company and gave us all funny hats. What inspired this Photoshopping madness?
Well, I enjoy doing things that take people by surprise (in a pleasant way). When I was a grad student I used to dress up as Santa Claus and surprise my friends on Christmas Eve. Since Flow Science has a friendly and informal environment I thought it would be a good idea to create holiday cards for everyone with funny Santa hats!
What is your favorite city in the United States and why?
Washington, D.C. I'll admit that I am biased by the fact that I did my graduate studies in Maryland. The D.C. area has many interesting places of historical value as well as many museums that one can never fully explore.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
What is one of your important accomplishments?
Completing my Ph.D. Sustaining my efforts for many years when motivation was lagging, was quite challenging and I am glad I stayed the course.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why?
My parents. They laid the foundation for my life and I am what I am because of them.
What helps you get out of bed each morning?
My alarm clock!
Who has the best New Mexican food in New Mexico?
There are many good choices so it is hard to pick one. I like the food at Weck's on St. Michaels. Having their hot green chile chicken soup on a hungry stomach is something I look forward to on the weekends.
Red or Green?
Green! After a year in New Mexico, I am yet to meet anyone who prefers red.