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Dr. Simon Hettrick


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Simon is Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute. He leads the Institute's policy work and manages its communication strategy. Simon received his Masters degree in laser physics at Heriot-Watt University, and undertook his doctoral studies in Tapered Waveguide Lasers at the University of Southampton. Prior to his current position, he worked in patent law and as a publicity coordinator at OMII-UK.

Simon 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. He is responsible for editorial oversight of the Institute's online presence, ranging from Twitter to the main site's guides, news articles and blogs. Simon is on the steering committee for the UK community of Research Software Engineers, the SPIRES project and the US-based Catalysers Project.

Before working at the Institute, Simon's research at the Optoelectronics Research Centre focussed on researching new types of compact and efficient lasers for use in a wide range of fields, including spectroscopy, medicine and materials processing.



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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