Staff Profile: Dan Weems
Dan Weems, Senior Software Engineer
Title: Senior Software Engineer
Education: I went to Clemson University in South Carolina for 2 years, then transferred to the University of Georgia where I received a B.S. in zoology and an M.S. in entomology where I studied the ecology of soil microarthropods. After that I moved to New Mexico where I was working on a Ph.D. in biology/ecology at New Mexico State University and minoring in computer science. While there I realized my true love was programming and left to work full time as a software developer.
How long have you worked for Flow Science? 1 year
What is the best part of your job?
The challenges I experience each and every day learning about FLOW-3D and helping to develop a product that is the best in the field.
What was it about Flow Science that attracted you?
I’ve always worked with some sort of science ever since I became a professional developer, including meteorology, genomics, financial sciences and now computational fluid dynamics. I love that there are so many applications to which CFD can be applied. In addition, FSI has a great history with respect to longevity and growth. I was looking for a small company where everyone believes in the company where I could work until I retire and this looks like that place.
What is the most interesting project you are working on right now?
I’m working on a capability to run FLOW-3D in a remote client/server configuration where the client and server modules reside on different computers, independent of operating system type.
How do you like working with C++ as opposed to Java?
I’ve programmed in many languages over the years. My favorite programming style is object oriented programming. Both C++ and Java employ all the attributes of pure object oriented programming and thus I love them both. C++ does have constructs that can get you in trouble that Java doesn’t. But I was a C programmer for many years before I got into C++, so I’m quite used to those issues and they rarely cause me any problems. And C++ has an advantage over Java with respect to processing speed, which is very advantageous for our applications.
What technology currently excites you the most?
The future of developing communities within the oceans and out into space and all the new technologies that will be developed to get there, survive and thrive.
What do you do in your spare time?
I love playing tennis, camping and fly fishing. And of course I love to travel when I have the time and $$$.
You and (Sales Engineer) John Wendelbo occasionally play tennis together. Can we expect a Flow Science Open soon? Who beats who?
John grew up playing tennis in France whereas I started late in life. I have a long ways to go before I start beating him in any consistent manner. But who knows, with time… And then there’s Gandharv Kashinath (Developer), who’s probably better than John. Those two are awesome players. I would like to get some of the others here to get out on the court with whom I could compete a bit more equally. An open? LOL! We don’t have enough players. Are you ready to start playing?
Tell us about your upcoming wedding – are you involved in the planning?
Andrea and I are getting married this coming September. Nothing fancy. It will be small with just immediate family and a few of our closest friends. I’m a widower and she’s a divorcee, so walking down the aisle again doesn’t make sense for either of us. So we’re exchanging vows in a private venue at a restaurant and then celebrating our marriage with good music, food and beverage with our friends and family. As for a honeymoon we’re hoping to run off to Hawaii next May. And, yes, I’ve been involved in all of the planning, though I admit Andrea has done most of the work.
Where did you grow up and what do you miss most about it?
I grew up in South Carolina. When I left home for college I went to Georgia and finally to New Mexico. Both South Carolina and Georgia have a lot more rainfall than New Mexico and I sometimes miss the trees, grass, lakes, rivers and ocean. But New Mexico has its own beautiful places and environments. And besides, I’m addicted to green chile.
What is your favorite city in the United States and why?
Santa Fe, of course. We have the best cultural diversity and arts and we’re nestled right up next to the mountains. It’s like living where you would go for vacation. Awesome!
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Three places: Bora Bora where you stay in a hut over the ocean water with fish and other sea creatures swimming right beneath you; Scotland where my ancestors are from; and Italy.
What is one of your important accomplishments?
Probably my taking over as development team leader for a contract that we were in jeopardy of losing when I worked for a genomics software firm. The management there told me that my endeavors (and of course that of my team) saved the contract, which at that time was the largest and most important the company had.
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why?
Dr. Gene Odum, often referred to as the modern father of ecology. He taught me to think in a non-linear fashion without presumptions. There are almost always more than one point of view and all have to be taken into account equally.
What helps you get out of bed each morning?
The work that I enjoy so much here at FSI and my life with and love for my fiancée Andrea.
Who has the best New Mexican food in New Mexico?
Red or Green?