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Valentin Haenel

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This is the personal page of Valentin Haenel. I am a software engineer / open source developer @ Anaconda Inc. working on Numba and releated technologies.


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I am a software engineer with an academic background and a t-shaped skills profile. My two main areas of expertise are Git and Python, but I am also very knowledgeable on algorithms, data compression, scientific computing, C programming, clean code, software testing and agile development. I have some experience in theoretical computer science, statistics and machine/deep learning, computational neuroscience, devops, cloud computing, deployment automation and data centre monitoring.

Over the past twenty years I have worked in many different environments, for example:

This has provided me with a very insightful perspectives as to how company culture and mindset shape the day-to-day operations and approaches of employees. I always try and use these insights to integrate better into new working environments and understand why groups work the way they do.

I have several years of experience as a trainer/teacher, having taught programming courses for PhD Students, various tutorials at international conferences and Git trainings at companies throughout Germany. I am interested in presentation techniques, public speaking and developing effective and flexible training materials. I am always willing and prepared to share my knowledge and learn new things.

Furthermore, I am well versed in the principles of Open Source development. I have contributed to a diverse selection of over 75 Open Source projects and have a good understanding of distributed and asynchronous development models. I am familiar with the best practices for written communication and submitting bug-reports.

Lastly, am an experienced and passionate command-line-UNIX user who has been using Linux extensively since 1999.


Academic Achievements

After I obtained a degree in computer science from the University of Edinburgh, I went on to obtain a degree in computational neuroscience from the Bernstein Zentrum in Berlin. From Dec 2011 – Dec 2012 I worked as a scientific software developer for the Blue Brain Project at the EPFL in Lausanne.

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