This is the fourth and final post in our blog series about Google Summer of Code students working on NumFOCUS projects. (Part 1Part 2, Part 3.)

We are excited to introduce to the community our students working on Astropy, SunPy, and Shogun Machine Learning Toolbox this summer as part of Google Summer of Code.

GSoC with Astropy

Astropy

 

 

Aarya Patil is a 3rd year student at Pune Institute of Computer Technology; her hometown is Pune, Maharashtra, India. This is her first time participating in GSoC.

What motivated you to apply for GSoC with Astropy?

I was introduced to night sky observations at a very young age, thanks to my father’s love for the stars, which I can now proudly say runs in our genes. It wasn’t until last year that I realised that astronomy was more than just a hobby for me. I thus ended up working with photometry and AstroPy for a year and it isn’t surprising that open source development came along my way, AstroPy introduced me to it. Hence, GSoC for this computer geek was to go through the projects under AstroPy, one of which was really relatable yet intriguing and I applied for it. Needless to say, I finally did get in and it’s exciting to know that I will actually be contributing to help the astronomical community out there.

What are your career goals, and how do you see the GSoC program moving you towards them?

It took me some time to understand the interdisciplinary nature of the fields of science, but I’m glad I did. The thought of working with two of my passions, astronomy and computers, excites me and GSoC with AstroPy fits perfectly in making this a reality. I plan to pursue computational astrophysics and astronomy as a career. Let’s say GSoC added a pretty stepping stone to reach there.

Read about Aarya’s project, Astropy : A mixin protocol for seamless interoperability.

Adeel Ahmad is a 3rd year student at National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad; his hometown is Islamabad, Pakistan. This is his first time participating in GSoC.

What motivated you to apply for GSoC with Astropy?

I have always been greatly interested in astronomy. Having experience in computer vision, this project seemed liked the perfect fit for me. Apart from this, open source software philosophy is something I deeply believe in, and working on this project will help realize my dream of creating a software that will be used on a mass scale; in this case by the folks at CDS, Observatoire de Strasbourg and other astronomers.

What are your career goals, and how do you see the GSoC program moving you towards them?

My short-term career goal i