Will Furnass

Research Software Engineer

Will was a Research Software Engineer who was previously:

  • Helping Paul Richmond lead the RSE team
  • Contributing to the development and maintenance of University research computing platforms (inc. HPC)

Previous projects:

The path to this point has not been particularly direct: he has a computer science degree, has worked as a IT systems engineer in the film industry, has a PhD plus post-doc experience in water engineering (where he developed semi-physical and data-driven models of water quality in water distribution networks) and has provided support to the users of the University of Sheffield’s high-performance computing clusters. In addition he has taught or helped run RSE, water engineering and study skills workshops. His interests include helping researchers optimise data analysis workflows (primarily using higher-level languages), providing training in RSE best practices and systems administration.

He is an accredited Carpentries instructor and has facilitated Software and Data Carpentry workshops on topics including Python, R, version control with Git, the UNIX shell and SQL.