I was always interested in technology, programming, and new developments in the world, so, predictably, I chose to study engineering. I got into Politecnico di Torino to study energy engineering at the BSc level and then moved on to nuclear and energy engineering for my MSc. During my MSc, I felt that I needed something more from my education, so I went to the USA and spent six months at Virginia Tech developing my final project. That is where I was exposed to PhD research and this ultimately led me to applying to a PhD in civil engineering at the University of Nottingham.
Why civil engineering, you may ask? Simply because I felt that I should broaden my horizons and I was able to find a project on energy harvesting, which mixed something I was familiar with with something completely new. I finished my PhD in two years, in 2016, after producing a large number of publications and attending international conferences.
What’s left from my engineering studies?
Although I hadn’t fully realised at the time, I always had an interest in data management and sharing. During my university years, I gathered a lot of material (including sample exams, notes, and exercises), which I have been sharing on my website for a very long time. I finished studying energy engineering quite a while back, however, thousands of students still visit my website every year! In addition, I wrote algorithms as part of my classes, and these are also available in a dedicated section of this website.
Why am I working on open science and RDM?
My PhD studies taught me that these topics are not always well understood (or accepted) by researchers and I realised that I had long believed in them. I feel that putting my skills at the service of the broader research community is something important and necessary and I will keep supporting the values of openness and sharing throughout my career. My strong scientific background and knowledge of technical matters greatly help me support the company where I work, Research Consulting, when dealing with the practicalities related to open science and RDM.
When I think about what I do, I can’t help but see a path connecting different points in my life: I started using open source software (first Ubuntu, then Fedora, and Debian) during high school and my final project was actually about the open source culture. The principles of openly sharing and reusing information and knowledge grew inside me and matured during my PhD research, leading me to my current interests and job.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.