Kalina Borkiewicz

Software Engineer, Artist, and Android Developer in Champaign, Illinois

Kalina Borkiewicz

Software Engineer, Artist, and Android Developer in Champaign, Illinois

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Kalina is a the director of the Advanced Visualization Lab and the Visualization Program Office at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

Prior to her leadership role, she was a research programmer who developed software that processes and visualizes various types of massive scientific data obtained at supercomputer centers, such as Blue Waters. Her favorite project makes scientific visualization tools freely available to artists and scientists, through Ytini- an open-source middleware between the scientific analysis and visualization Python package, yt, and the visual effects software, Houdini. Kalina contributed to the creation of such films as "A Beautiful Planet" (IMAX), "Solar Superstorms" (fulldome), and "Seeing the Beginning of Time" (4K). She recently gave a talk at TEDxUIUC, a local chapter of the TED conference, describing her path as a woman engineer.

Aside from working on films and computer graphics research, Kalina also professionally develops Android apps and websites. She is also an amateur Beatles historian, makeup artist, musician, and UI/UX designer.

  • Work
    • National Center for Supercomputing Applications
  • Education
    • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Northside College Preparatory High School