Dr. Jane Wyngaard, recently elected to the RDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB), is an Electronics Engineer at the University of Notre Dame's Center for Research Computing. After completing an undergraduate degree in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Cape Town, she pursued a Doctorate of Science in engineering, focused on microprocessor design for Scientific High Performance Computing at the same. This led to her continuing to work in the domain between technology and Applied Science as a post-doctoral scholar focused on Big Data tools for Earth Science at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
With an interest in small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) data management and the need for a more global community conversation and effort around it, she co-chairs the RDA’s sUAS Data Interest Group. To learn more about the community building standards for science drones, read a recent report titled “Drones: Emerging Scientific Tools of-the-trade," which was authored by Jane and Lindsey Barbieri, also an RDA member who is employed at the University of Vermont.
As a member of TAB, Dr. Wyngaard will help advance RDA’s mission through her expertise in good open data practices in the sciences, building hardware and software and use of technology for scientific data handling.