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Dr. Simon Hettrick


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Simon is  Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, and co-Director of the Southampton Research Software Group.

At the Software Sustainability Institute, Simon is responsible for the policy research and campaigning. He works with stakeholders from across the research community to develop policies that support research software, the people who develop that software and the researchers who rely on it.

Simon's research focusses on the use of software in the research community with the aim of understanding practices and demographics. He surveyed Russell Group researchers and found that 7 out of 10 UK of them report that their work would be impossible without software. (The analysis for this survey was recently described and reproduced.) He investigated Gateway to Research and found that in one year alone £840 million was invested in software reliant research. He collates information found from surveys helps answer questions like what software is used in research, and investigates services like Researchfish to understand how much software is being reported by UK researchers.

Simon is a passionate advocate for Research Software Engineers. He was the founding chair of the UK's community of Research Software Engineers and has been a member of the Association ever since. He is the Principal Investigator of the RSE Network.

Before working at the University of Southampton, Simon worked in patent law. His PhD focussed on the development of a new type of efficient waveguide laser.



Certificate, Intellectual Property Law - Queen Mary University

PhD, Tapered Waveguide Lasers - University of Southampton

MPhys, Optoelectronics and laser engineering - Heriot-Watt University


Hettrick, Simon, Mackenzie, Jacob, Harris, R.D., Wilkinson, J.S., Tropper, Anne and Shepherd, David (2000) Ion-exchanged tapered waveguide laser in neodymium-doped BK7 glass Optics Letters, 25, (19), pp. 1433-1435.

Hettrick, S.J., Wang, J., Li, C., Wilkinson, J.S. and Shepherd, D.P. (2004) An experimental comparison of nonlinear and parabolic tapered waveguide lasers and a demonstration of broad-stripe diode pumping Journal of Lightwave Technology, 22, (3), pp. 845-849. (doi:10.1109/JLT.2004.824548).

Hettrick, Simon, Mackenzie, Jacob, Wilkinson, J.S., Tropper, Anne and Shepherd, David (2000) Ion-exchanged Nd:glass tapered waveguide laser At CLEO/Europe. 10 - 15 Sep 2000.

Shepherd, D.P., Mackenzie, J.I., Hettrick, S.J. and Li, C. (2002) Planar waveguides for high power laser devices At Doctoral School Programme - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.

Hettrick, S.J., Wilkinson, J.S. and Shepherd, D.P. (2001) Neodymium and gadolinium diffusion in yttrium vanadate At 14th Annual Meeting of the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS). 12 - 13 Nov 2001. (doi:10.1109/LEOS.2001.969204).

Hettrick, S.J., Li, C., Mackenzie, Jacob, Wilkinson, J.S. and Shepherd, D.P. (2001) Nd:Glass tapered planar waveguide laser . 12 - 13 Nov 2001. (doi:10.1109/LEOS.2001.969205).

Benayas, A., Jaque, D., Hettrick, S.J., Wilkinson, J.S. and Shepherd, D.P. (2008) Investigation of neodymium-diffused yttrium vanadate waveguides by confocal microluminescence Journal of Applied Physics, 103, (10), 103104-[6pp].

Li, C., Hettrick, Simon, Mackenzie, J.I., Wilkinson, J.S. and Shepherd, D.P. (2001) Longitudinally-diode-pumped high-power waveguide lasers At ECIO'2001, Germany. 04 - 06 Apr 2001.

Hettrick, S.J., Wilkinson, J.S. and Shepherd, D.P. (2002) Neodymium and gadolinium diffusion in yttrium vanadate Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 19, (1), pp. 33-36.

Hettrick, Simon, Wilkinson, J.S. and Shepherd, David (2001) Thermally diffused waveguides in YVO4 At QEP-15: 15th Biennial Meeting of the Institute of Physics Quantum Electronics and Photonics Group, United Kingdom. 03 - 06 Sep 2001.

Crouch, Stephen, Chue Hong, Neil, Hettrick, Simon, Jackson, Mike, Pawlik, Aleksandra, Sufi, Shoaib, Carr, Les, Roure, David De, Goble, Carole and Parsons, Mark (2013) The Software Sustainability Institute: changing research software attitudes and practices Computing in Science & Engineering, 15, (6), pp. 74-80. (doi:10.1109/MCSE.2013.133).

Sufi, Shoaib, Chue Hong, Neil, Hettrick, Simon, Antonioletti, Mario, Crouch, Stephen, Hay, Alexander, Inupakutika, Devasena, Jackson, Mike, Pawlik, Aleksandra, Peru, Giacomo, Robinson, John, Carr, Les, De Roure, David, Goble, Carole and Parsons, Mark (2014) Software in reproducible research: advice and best practice collected from experiences at the collaborations workshop At 1st ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on Reproducible Research Methodologies and New Publication Models in Computer Engineering (TRUST'14), United Kingdom. 09 - 11 Jun 2014. , pp. 1-4. (doi:10.1145/2618137.2618140).


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