Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Matt Craig is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Minnesota State University Moorhead, in western Minnesota. He started using python about six years ago to do data analysis on data from a small telescope the university owns. Jupyter notebooks seemed like a natural fit for new users; widgets make it even easier for them to get started. Since learning about widgets a few years ago he has used them to connect programming novices with high-quality scientific packages. He has taught a Computational Physics course that has evolved into a scientific python course, with roughly equal emphasis on pythonic programming, computational methods, and a survey of existing packages. In addition, he leads a group of 5-10 undergraduates in doing astronomical research and coding in python.