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Steve Dutcher

University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center
Data Scientist
Steve Dutcher is a Data Scientist working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He graduated in 2000 with a B.S in computer science and began his career at University of Wisconsin, Space Science & Engineering Center. In the early years he worked on airborne instruments flying aboard NASA aircraft such as the DC-8, ER-2, WB-57 and the Global Hawk UAV. The field experiments would fly under satellite overpasses and use the data for validation. He then moved on to working with satellite ground processing systems which involved receiving level-0 data from polar orbiting satellites and processing through level-2. Finally he transitioned to his current role working on a NASA contract as part of the VIIRS Atmosphere SIPS. The Atmosphere SIPS receives global data from multiple satellites and is responsible for producing the operational VIIRS Atmosphere products. This work entails reprocessing petabytes of data, collocating measurements with other satellites and validating results. All of that needs to be done in a rapid fashion in order to provide feedback to the science team aiding them in their development. This has drawn him to constantly be in search for new advancements in the world of high throughput computing in order to help advance Atmospheric Science