Dr Louise Brown, Research Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham, has recently been awarded an EPSRC Research Software Engineering (RSE) Fellowship. There were 7 awarded and she was the only woman to have got one. One of the aims of the fellowships is to establish a career path for software engineers in academia as people who underpin research. Dr Brown serves on the BCSWomen committee in the role of secretary.
The RSE Fellowship describes exceptional individuals with combined expertise in programming and a solid knowledge of the research environment. The Research Software Engineer works with researchers to gain an understanding of the problems they face, and then develops, maintains and extends software to provide the answers. This is an excellent description of Louise and her work.