## 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.