Our Alumni – Edvin Hopkins
In this blog post, we asked one of our alumni, Edvin Hopkins, a few questions about his time with the Numerical Linear Algebra Group.
Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your experience before attending University of Manchester?
I obtained my BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and remained there for a few more years to do a PhD in numerical relativity. My association with the University of Manchester began in 2010, when I joined the NLA group as a KTP Associate, working on a joint project with NAG to implement some of the NLA group’s matrix function algorithms for the NAG Library.
Why did you choose to work with the University of Manchester?
The project I was involved in was a great opportunity to bridge the gap between academia and industry and to work with world leaders in their fields.
How did you find Manchester?
Well, I’m still there! It has really grown on me in the past few years, and is a great place to work.
Can you tell us about your careers since leaving Manchester?
At the end of the KTP project I continued in the NLA group as a post doctoral research associate, working with Professor Nick Higham for a year and half on his ERC-funded project on matrix functions. I then returned to work for NAG (in their Manchester office) which is where I am now. NAG still has very strong links with the University of Manchester and with the NLA group in particular.
What is your current role?
I am a Technical Consultant at NAG. My work involves implementing mathematical algorithms for the NAG Library, and high performance computing consultancy projects.