Hi! My name is Stef Smeets, and I'm from the Netherlands.
I'm currently working as a research software engineer at the Netherlands eScience center. Here, I contribute to the development of open source software for climate science (such as ESMValTool).
I studied Chemistry at Utrecht University (BSc & MSc). In 2011 I moved to Switzerland where I obtained a PhD in Materials Science at ETH Zurich. My PhD research focused on structure analysis of polycrystalline materials (mostly industrial catalysts) by combining different experimental (i.e. X-ray powder diffraction, electron diffraction, NMR, and electron microscopy) and computational methods.
Following an interest in electron microscopy and programming, I moved to Sweden in 2016 where I developed software for automated electron diffraction data collection at Stockholm University. The software uses image analysis to detect particles, and then orchestrates the interaction between the camera and the microscope to collect diffraction data from thousands of crystals. Beginning of 2019 year I moved to TU Delft as a postdoc to further develop the software and apply it to biologial compounds.
In 2020, I joined the Netherlands eScience center in Amsterdam as a research software engineer.
My favourite programming language is Python. You can find my code on Github.