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Another 12,5-year anniversary at the R&D department of ASTRON

Submitter: Roy van der Werp
Description: This time it's Ronald Nijboer his 12,5-year anniversary. On 1 May, 2004 Ronald started his career at the Research & Development department of ASTRON with working on LOFAR, in the MeqTrees group. His development in the following years is impressive.

He played an important role as project leader in the so-called COBALT project (COrrelator and Beamforming Application platform for the LOFAR Telescope). This project started on 1 January, 2013 with the aim to develop a CPU-GPU based system as the central correlator and beamforming platform for the International LOFAR Telescope. In the end of 2013 the full system passed certification.

Nowadays Ronald is involved in SKA - Science Data Processor (SDP) as MT member and for pipeline activities. In February 2006 Ronald became Competence Group Leader of the Computing Group and thus also member of the R&D MT. Through his friendly and hardworking attitude many consider him as a nice colleague with a lot of expertise.

During a R&D meeting on 1 November, a beautiful bouquet of flowers was handed over to him by Gert Kruithof, which he gladly accepted.
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