Kalina is a senior research programmer for the Advanced Visualization Lab¬†at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Her primary work involves writing software that processes and visualizes various types of massive scientific data obtained at supercomputer centers, such as Blue Waters. Her recent work 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 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.