University of Wisconsin - Department of Economics
Dr. Rasmus Lentz in the department of economics at the University of Wisconsin does research in the fields of macroeconomics, microeconomics, and labor economics, and teaches graduate and undergraduate labor courses.
To help with his research as a graduate student, Dr. Lentz decided to transition some of his economics projects and applications from high-level MATLAB and Gauss programming environments to Fortran, despite not being an expert in Fortran at the time. "I wanted to be able to write applications that executed faster than ones written in higher-level languages and Fortran is an excellent language for that," said Dr. Lentz. At the same time, Dr. Lentz did not want to sacrifice the ability the higher-level languages gave him to quickly create prototypes and application code.