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== About ==
 
== About ==
My name is Pariksheet NandaI have been a Support Engineer for Andor Technology since 2008.  I worked in the camera/spectroscopy division for a year and since then have been working in microscopy division in the dual role of field technician and remote support.  I have a hardware background and spend most of my time writing documentation and helping users.
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My name is Pariksheet Nanda and you're probably reading this to find out who I am and/or why I care so much about µManager.
  
== Maintenance ==
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The short version is: I love programming; I first got involved with the software freedom culture (mostly Gentoo GNU/Linux) in the months between graduating and finding employment at Andor, and so µManager allowed me to reconcile my hobbies with my professional life.
These are the wiki pages I maintain:
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I got my college degree in Electrical Engineering, and then joined Andor Technology as a Support Engineer.  I worked briefly with the camera and spectroscopy division for a few months before settling into the company's newer, exciting microscopy systems division.  It was fun not only because of traveling for field work and being able to meet clients face-to-face, but also being able to work closely with nearly all departments of the company with their highly motivated people.  After 6 years, the US systems division staff had grown 4 times, and it was a good time to leave for academia with so many wonderful people to continue the journey.  Having PhD students and professors as clients showed me the edifying experience that the educational environment has on character, and for that my own academic interests I joined the academic research community at a microscopy development lab.
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The first exposure I had to the µManager project was meeting Nico Stuurman at Woods Hole.  I had come up with Chris Calling (Andor's US President at the time) to check that our loaned cameras were running fine. 
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one plays the Sisyphean role of helping researchers use unfamiliar equipment, or aiding the ~4 year cycle of getting new lab students and postdocs back up and running on their systems.
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I have a hardware background and spend most of my time writing documentation and helping users.
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In general, free and open source software communities are rich in altruism and people enjoying their work.  Over many days and years, other developers on IRC channels have spoiled me with their kindness, answering my many questions, which made me feel the need to emulate them.  Years ago, I started filing bug reports for the Gentoo GNU/Linux, and became good at doing that which made me good at applying the collaborative development workflow (issue tracker, code version control, wiki) to my own small projects.  Being a part of the free software community is a gradual process of joining a culture and learning new things.  Going to conferences and meeting other friendly people and developers recharge my batteries and keeps me going on my own projects.
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The community you all created is also a professional development resource.
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and I hope to one day see MM focused meat space meetings. -->
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== Wiki Pages ==
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These are the wiki pages I contribute to and maintain:
 
* DeviceAdapters
 
* DeviceAdapters
 
** [[Andor|Andor EM/CCD cameras]]
 
** [[Andor|Andor EM/CCD cameras]]
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* Operating Systems
 
* Operating Systems
 
** [[Personal computer setup]]
 
** [[Personal computer setup]]
** [[Linux installation from source (Ubuntu)]]
 
 
** [[Linux installation from source (Gentoo)]]
 
** [[Linux installation from source (Gentoo)]]
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** [[Linux installation from source (Ubuntu)]]
  
== Interest in µManager ==
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Personal Goals with µManager
 
# Improve documentation on this wiki.
 
# Improve documentation on this wiki.
 
# Setup µManager to give users freedom running their complex imaging microscopes.
 
# Setup µManager to give users freedom running their complex imaging microscopes.
 
# Promote the project to attract programmers and funding from other industries:  particularly by adding GNU/Linux packages to official µManager releases and the [http://directory.fsf.org/wiki?title=Review:Micro-Manager-REV-ID-1&redirect=no FSF Directory].
 
# Promote the project to attract programmers and funding from other industries:  particularly by adding GNU/Linux packages to official µManager releases and the [http://directory.fsf.org/wiki?title=Review:Micro-Manager-REV-ID-1&redirect=no FSF Directory].
 
# Get more familiar with the programming API.
 
# Get more familiar with the programming API.
 
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== Installations ==
 
* Yale (Prof. Paul Forscher)
 
* UConn (Prof. David Knecht)
 
* UT Southwestern (Prof. Kate Luby-Phelps)
 
* LSU Health Science Center (Prof. Edward Wojcik)
 
 
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== Systems Setup ==
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Over the years, I've helped a number of students and professors get setup with µManager:
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! Institution !! Principal Investigator
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| Connecticut, University of  || Dave Knecht
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| California, University of, at San Diego || Karen Oegema
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| Carnegie Mellon || Marcel Bruchez
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| National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences || Jerry Yakel
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| Cornell, Weill Medical College || Joel Baumgart
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| Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center || Daniel Heller
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| Luisiana State University Health Science Center || Edward Wojcik
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| North Carolina, University of, at Chapel Hill || Anne Taylor
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| Texas, University of, Southwestern Medical Center || Kate Luby-Phelps
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| Cornell University || Peng Chen
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| Michigan, University of || Allen Liu
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| Sandia National Labs at Livermore || Carl Hayden
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| Harvard Medical School || Rachel Wilson
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| Yale University || Derek Toomre
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| Ohio State University || Tony Brown
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== Acknowledgements ==
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I wish to thank Steve Ikeda (NIH) for training me on what practical setups for Groups and Presets should be, since that generic mode of interface organization was new to me.  Organizing Device Properties in a sane way paid off many times over in helping other users set up their systems.
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I also would like to thank Paul Forscher (Yale) for teaching me the canonical troubleshooting approach (the nabble search web link), showing me how he setup and ran his systems with Matlab, and his extensive involvement and patience in wading through intermittent hardware communication problems.
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Finally, I would like to thank Nico Stuurman (UCSF) for accepting my patches and granting me repository access to maintain a part of the C++ code.  Contributing code to an active project I really cared about was a huge confidence boost for me and I felt like I made it as a free software programmer, as well as become part of the community.

Latest revision as of 15:54, 1 January 2015

About

My name is Pariksheet Nanda and you're probably reading this to find out who I am and/or why I care so much about µManager.

The short version is: I love programming; I first got involved with the software freedom culture (mostly Gentoo GNU/Linux) in the months between graduating and finding employment at Andor, and so µManager allowed me to reconcile my hobbies with my professional life.

I got my college degree in Electrical Engineering, and then joined Andor Technology as a Support Engineer. I worked briefly with the camera and spectroscopy division for a few months before settling into the company's newer, exciting microscopy systems division. It was fun not only because of traveling for field work and being able to meet clients face-to-face, but also being able to work closely with nearly all departments of the company with their highly motivated people. After 6 years, the US systems division staff had grown 4 times, and it was a good time to leave for academia with so many wonderful people to continue the journey. Having PhD students and professors as clients showed me the edifying experience that the educational environment has on character, and for that my own academic interests I joined the academic research community at a microscopy development lab.

Wiki Pages

These are the wiki pages I contribute to and maintain:

Systems Setup

Over the years, I've helped a number of students and professors get setup with µManager:

Institution Principal Investigator
Connecticut, University of Dave Knecht
California, University of, at San Diego Karen Oegema
Carnegie Mellon Marcel Bruchez
National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences Jerry Yakel
Cornell, Weill Medical College Joel Baumgart
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Daniel Heller
Luisiana State University Health Science Center Edward Wojcik
North Carolina, University of, at Chapel Hill Anne Taylor
Texas, University of, Southwestern Medical Center Kate Luby-Phelps
Cornell University Peng Chen
Michigan, University of Allen Liu
Sandia National Labs at Livermore Carl Hayden
Harvard Medical School Rachel Wilson
Yale University Derek Toomre
Ohio State University Tony Brown

Acknowledgements

I wish to thank Steve Ikeda (NIH) for training me on what practical setups for Groups and Presets should be, since that generic mode of interface organization was new to me. Organizing Device Properties in a sane way paid off many times over in helping other users set up their systems.

I also would like to thank Paul Forscher (Yale) for teaching me the canonical troubleshooting approach (the nabble search web link), showing me how he setup and ran his systems with Matlab, and his extensive involvement and patience in wading through intermittent hardware communication problems.

Finally, I would like to thank Nico Stuurman (UCSF) for accepting my patches and granting me repository access to maintain a part of the C++ code. Contributing code to an active project I really cared about was a huge confidence boost for me and I felt like I made it as a free software programmer, as well as become part of the community.

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