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Les Foster

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Biography

I am with Janelia's Scientific Computing Software group.  I develop code for the Janelia Workstation, in the realms of 3D graphics, GUI widgets, middle tier, and data transformation.  My skills frequently involve me with challenges to make the most of limited desktop and server computing resources.  As part of our team of developers, I work with highly-skilled folks, who all contribute to complex software in ways that build upon each other's strengths.

I believe in the mission of Janelia to further human knowledge of its own brain's inner workings, and I am proud of the contributions our software is aiding in visualizing the neural pathways of various organisms as steps in the growth of this endeavor.

When away from work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two kids, and brushing up on things technical.

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Education

Master of Science, Biotechnology, Johns Hopkins University
Bachelors of Science, computer science, West Virginia University
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Previous Experience

Senior Software Engineer at J. Craig Venter Institute: Struts/Struts-2, GWT, and Swing GUI development; EJB and POJO data pull applications; Javascript.  DNA Sequencing application domain.

Senior Software Engineer at Life Technologies: Swing GUI; Java JSP/Servlet development; data processing.  DNA Sequencing application domain.

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Memberships

IEEE Computer Society