Meet the Team

Zacros is being developed by Michail Stamatakis and his group at UCL Chemical Engineering, in collaboration with the Research Software Development Group at the UCL Information Services Division.

Michail Stamatakis joined University College London in August 2012. He obtained his PhD from Rice University (Houston, TX, USA) under the advising of Prof. Kyriacos Zygourakis, and performed post-doctoral research at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE, USA) in the group of Prof. Dionisios G. Vlachos. His research interests revolve around the development and application of stochastic multiscale methods for understanding complex systems, and solving practical Engineering problems. Computational Catalysis and Materials Science are his main research fields, motivated by the timeliness thereof in tackling challenges related to the economic manufacturing of materials and sustainable process development.

Miguel Pineda Rodriguez obtained a B.Sc. in Physics from the University of Los Andes (Merida, Venezuela), and a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Leibniz University Hannover (Hannover, Germany). After his PhD, he worked as researcher in world leading interdisciplinary research institutions in Spain, Belgium, and UK. From 2011 to 2013 he worked as a Lecturer in Physics at Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela. Since November 2016 he is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Michail's group.

The UCL Research Software Development Group (RSDG) is part of the Research IT Services (RITS) Department within the UCL Information Services Division (ISD). The group collaborates with UCL researchers in the development and maintenance of scientific software, and offers advice, consultation and training on software engineering.

James Hetherington is the leader of the RSDG and a research software developer, combining the skills and experience of a computational scientist with those of a professional software engineer. He works with researchers to produce maintainable, usable, well-tested research software. Ilektra Christidi is a particle physicist by calling, having worked on the ATLAS experiment of CERN’s LHC for 5 years. Her research focused on background processes to Higgs searches, as well as developing and improving Data Quality Monitoring and detector trigger packages. Prior to joining the RSDG, she was working in industry as a software engineer for the gas and oil sector, in geophysical exploration data processing. Roland Guichard obtained his PhD (2007) in Theoretical Quantum Physics in the field of ultrafast laser-matter interaction. He subsequently joined several European research groups in that area. In 2014, he worked at UCL on a project involving the computation of spin quits embedded in semiconductor environments and after a 2-years "detour" in the transport industry, working on large-scale road traffic simulations and human-machine interaction for driverless cars, he joined the RSDG in August 2017.

Previous contributors

Mayeul d'Avezac, previously a research software developer at the RSDG (until 2017), has a PhD in computational physics from Universite Paris VI. Prior to joining RITS in 2013, he worked as a staff scientist at the USA National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado (2007-2012). Jens Hedegaard Nielsen (ex-member of the RSDG as well) holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Aarhus, where he carried out research in Optical and Molecular Physics, developing simulation and modelling software and multithreaded software for experimental data acquisition and analysis. Both worked on the development of parallel algorithms to improve the computational efficiency Zacros.