I am the Computing Manager in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University. As such I lead the IS/IT support team in the School, supporting teaching, research and all other aspects of the School's functioning.
We support over 400 desktop PCs running Windows (XP mostly) and Linux (CentOS 5.x & 6.x) and various servers - Web, file servers, application, X11 and terminal servers - mostly running CentOS and supporting Windows through Samba.
I graduated from Edinburgh University in 1986 with a B.Sc.(Hons.) in Physics. I then went to Manchester University, where I completed a Ph.D. in Nuclear Structure Physics (Octupole Correlation Effects in Nuclei around N=88 and Z=56) in 1992. My Ph.D. involved helping to run Nuclear Physics experiments both in the UK and abroad and involved a great deal of computing for experimental modelling and data analysis, first on a GEC4190 mini-computer and later on Sun workstations, which is how I became interested enough in computing to apply for and get a job as the system administrator for the Nuclear Group after the grant money ran out in 1990. I came to Heriot-Watt University in October 1993.
In my spare time I read, buy DVDs and Blu-Rays and sometimes even watch them and fail to finish remodelling our kitchen.
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