Dr. Mark Laufersweiler has always had a strong interest in computers, computing, data and data visualization. Upon completing his post-doc work for the ARM program, he was the lead computer systems administrator for 3.5 years serving the FSU Department of Meteorology. He was then the Computer Systems Coordinator for the OU School of Meteorology from 1999-2013. Part of his duties included managing the real time data feed and maintaining the departmental data archive. He assisted with faculty in their courses to help foster computing skills needed for the classroom and instruction based on current best practices regarding research data and code development. Since the Fall of 2013, he has served as the Research Data Specialist for the OU Libraries. He is currently assisting the educational mission of the Libraries by developing and offering workshops, seminars and short courses, helping to inform the university community on best practices for data management and data management planning. He is the university’s representative as a member of the Software Carpentry Foundation and is an active instructor as well. He is a strong advocate of open source software and open access to data.
In 2008, Dr. Laufersweiler was awarded the Russell L. DeSouza Award. This award, sponsored by Unidata is for individuals whose energy, expertise, and active involvement enable the Unidata Program to better serve geoscience. Honorees personify Unidata's ideal of a community that shares data, software, and ideas through computing and networking technologies.