My name is Jeff Steward, and I am interested in Data Assimilation of All-Sky Infrared and Microwave Data.

Before getting my Ph. D., I worked as a professional Java developer in industry. This impressed upon me the practical importance of good software engineering, which is not necessarily what is taught in school.

"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice there is." -Benjamin Brewster

I finished my Ph. D. in 2011 under I. M. Navon at the Florida State University. The title of my dissertation was "Practical Optimization Algorithms in the Data Assimilation of Large-Scale Systems with Non-Linear and Non-Smooth Observation Operators." My Ph. D. was from the FSU Computational Science department, which requires a specialization in a particular science area. Therefore my official Ph.D. is Computational Science with an emphasis in Atmospheric Science.

As an aside, I consider myself a Computational Scientist. While Computer Science is the study of computers, Computational Science is the study of applying computational and mathematical tools to scientific problems. To me, numerical linear algebra, numerically solving partial differential equations, and machine learning all fall under the umbrella of Computational Science.

In particular, I am interested in the branch of Computational Science called data assimilation, which seeks to optimally blend observations with model forecasts.