Our Software Engineering Team is constantly enhancing the Alchemite™ software, with new developments to both the underlying algorithms and front-end user experience being rolled-out to users regularly. Jack is a key member of the team that enables this process.
1. What is your role at Intellegens?
I work as a full stack developer, which means I get involved with developments right through the product, from the core Alchemite™ algorithm to user interface enhancements in the Alchemite™ Analytics web platform. Working closely with my colleagues, I design software, write code, test it, and deploy it. I’ve also been involved in multiple collaborative projects, where we work with partners to develop the software specifically to meet new applications. An example is the Materials Challenge Accelerator Programme (MCAP) with the Henry Royce Institute where we combined Alchemite™ machine learning with other physics and chemistry models. You can hear me talking about that in one of our recorded webinars.
2. What is your career/educational background?
I studied computer science at the University of Warwick and moved to Cambridge shortly after to start work at Intellegens. My degree gave me a great understanding of the fundamentals of software development and how to work effectively in a team of engineers, and I’ve been able to build on that here.
3. What is good about working at Intellegens?
The main thing I love at Intellegens is the people. We have an amazing team with so many great personalities that make it worth coming in every day. I also think the technology we use is unlike anything else out there. It’s a real privilege to see how all the components come together to create a great product.
4. What is something that you think makes Intellegens stand out from other companies?
I think the freedom you get to grow is something you wouldn’t find in many other places. During my time here I’ve had so many growth opportunities as a developer and as a person, and I appreciate that this is not the norm. The scale-up nature means you can get involved in so many different areas of the company. For example, on that MCAP project, I got involved in commercial aspects, project definition and management, publishing the resulting work, and marketing the project with colleagues from partner organisations as well as the technical development.
5. What do you enjoy doing when you are not at work?
I’m actually involved in making sure we remember to enjoy ourselves while we are at work, as a member of the social committee that organises plenty of fun activities. Outside work, I like to get involved at the gym or at the bouldering centres around Cambridge. Any other free time is usually spent on personal coding projects, cooking new things, or meeting up with friends.