PyDev of the Week: Bryan Weber | The Mouse vs The Python

PyDev of the Week: Bryan Weber | The Mouse vs The Python

This week we welcome Bryan Weber (@darthbith) as our PyDev of the Week! Bryan is a contributor for Real Python and a core developer for Cantera. If you’d like to learn more about Bryan, you can check out his website or his Github profile. Let’s take a few moment to get to know him better!

Can you tell us a little about yourself (hobbies, education, etc):

I am a teaching professor at the University of Connecticut, as well as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for Mechanical Engineering. This means that I focus mostly on improving the education of our undergraduate students. I teach a lot of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics courses, and I’ve developed a few Python packages to help with that.

I got my doctorate in Mechanical Engineering in 2014, also from the University of Connecticut. One of my favorite things about mechanical engineering is that it is a super broad field, covering everything from robotics to chemistry, cars and trucks to planes and rockets, and everything in between.

My hobbies are open source software, Ultimate Frisbee, and cooking. I have a daughter and I love spending time as a family. Aside from that, there isn’t much time for anything else!

Why did you start using Python?

While I was in grad school, my dissertation was focused on developing experimental data for biofuels. Originally, I wrote all of my data processing in MATLAB because that was the language I knew from undergrad. At some point, I realized that if I wanted to practice open science, that included sharing the data processing scripts as well as the raw data. Of course, MATLAB is proprietary software and is quite expensive. This means that my work would not be really open and free (as in speech).

So I rewrote everything in Python, so that I could share it all! I chose Python because another package that I wanted to use had a Python interface, and it made it easy to integrate everything together. The package I wrote for data processing is still on GitHub (it is called UConnRCMPy) although I’m not sure if anyone uses it at all.

What other programming languages do you know and which is your favorite?

I used to know FORTRAN and MATLAB pretty well, but those skills have mostly atrophied. I can read most C++ code, but can’t write it all that well. Python is by far my favorite language that I’ve learned so far. I’m also very interested to learn Julia and see how it compares!

Thanks for doing the interview Bryan!

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