Hello! I'm Andrew Murray.
I'm a human-being living in Minneapolis, Minneapolis by way of Boulder, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah.
Not being busy enough, I also am vice-chair of the City of Minneapolis Community Envionmental Advisory Commission and on the Board for Private Sector Meteorologists of the American Meteorological Society. Unofficially, I love covering rocket launches on social media for NASA.
Previously I've been the founding director of MAKE Cooperative, a developer at National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the mobile and geospatial program manager for the National Weather Service. Also, I spent a lot of time working at libraries and ice cream shops.
Academically, I have a BS in Meteorology from the University of Utah and worked towards a MPA/MURP in Environmental Law and Public Policy at the University of the West of England in Bristol and University of Colorado—Denver.
Usually you can find me traveling, eating ice cream, cuddling with penguins, snapping some photographs, and frolicking outdoors.
My primary day job involves making sure all of the gears keep turning to provide snow forecasts for ski areas all over North America. Whether is making sure our websites are up, the model forecasts are being generated, our apps work on the newest cell phones, or testing our product on the slopes... it's never a boring day!
The only coworking space in Minnesota incoroporated as a cooperative. All the perks of a coworking space with the added benefit of community ownership. When I'm not giving tours to random people or making sure our bills are being paid on-time, I'm paining or building a wall with our members.
Doing everything from photography to design to housewares, we help make cool stuff, help other people make cool stuff, and tell people about cool stuff. The company formerly known as Andrew Murray LLC and formerly-formerly known as Lunarnoon, the holding company for all of my crazy ideas.
Worked with my little brother, Elias, to develop a cohesive print and web presence for his photography business based in Montebello, California. Delivered a complete branding guide to help him grow his identity as a nature photographer around the Southern California area. Additionally helped with printed materials to distribute at Montebello Artist Corner monthly.
Appointed by the city council for a term from 2015-2017, my role is to advise the city council best on environmental issues that effect Minneapolis. As the chair of the Zero Waste Subcommittee, my current project is working with city council to put together and pass a plastic bag ban for the city. In addition, working with the city staff to improve 4+ unit and commercial recycling and composting, as well as the current rollout of citywide compost bins.
As a testbed for other automated weather forecast generation, Chance of Weather was a side project to figure out how to best forecast weather for various outdoor events. Additionally, Chance of Weather provided contracted meteorologial services for outdoor events, such as bike races and summit attempts.
Started within the Couchsurfing community, a couch crash is where a city's community plans a weekend of events and activities, and invites to world to come visit. The Boulder Couch Crash was run for two years and had visitors from over 30 states and a 11 countries. As an organizer, I was responsible for organizing and marketing the events, and the day-to-day operation of the events.
A small project for one of my favourite places in Boulder, I worked with them to help create an e-commerece solution as a supplier of kits and equipment for the local youth soccer league. However,when I wasn't working with them, you usually could find me camped out there in front of the TV watching 'proper football', eating an ice cream cone, and working on another project.
As a developer for the Earth Observing Lab of NCAR, I was responsible from many of the front facing web applications for projects being funded by the lab. These projects ranged from websites for funded and upcoming projects that outlined schedules and goals, to databasing available instrumentation and scientifc data to be shared with partners and the public.
There were two large projects I worked on at NWS. Firstly I helped create interactiveNWS, the precursor to the broadcast emergency alerts that are standard on all cell phones now. This project won me the NOAA Administrators Award in 2010. Secondly, I worked on Western Water Supply a tool for water managers to better understand the seasonal streamflow forecasts in the western United States.
One of my favorite things I ever did in college, I was appointed to the Executive Cabinet of the University of Utah student government. As the director of technology I was responsible for all of the digital and print materials created for events and activities put on by ASUU. It also gave me access to the university's Board of Regents and President. And some money off tuition.
My first real web project that still exists today, Utah Ski Weather was a project built in cooperation with the University of Utah and the graduate students of the Meteorology Department to forecast snowfall for ski areas in Northern Utah. Who would have though that a decade later I would be doing the same thing for my full-time job...
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