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Will Furnass

Will Furnass

SSI fellow

University of Sheffield


  • Research Software Engineering
  • workflow/code optimisation
  • teaching
  • systems administration/infrastructure
  • (formerly) water engineering

My work

I have been a Research Software Engineer (RSE) since early 2017 and help run the RSE team at the University of Sheffield. As a RSE I've worked on a variety of projects including: infrastructure for biomedical research projects, Python packaging, Python code optimisation and a JupyterHub service for a local HPC cluster. I'm an accredited Carpentries instructor and have also developed training material e.g. on multiprocessing and multithreading with Python.

The path to this point has not been particularly direct: I have a computer science degree, have worked as a IT systems engineer in the film industry, have a PhD plus post-doc experience in water engineering (where I developed semi-physical and data-driven models of water quality in water distribution networks) and used to provide support to the users of the University of Sheffield’s high-performance computing clusters. In addition I've taught or helped run RSE, water engineering and study skills workshops.

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