Dr Andrew Richards, Head of Research Computing Services.Dr Andrew Richards is Head of Research Computing Services.

Andrew will help to drive the strategic and operational direction for the continued growth of the central service in collaboration with the academic community.

High-performance computing, research software engineering, research data processing, and curation, and cloud computing are an essential and underpinning service for a significant proportion of the research which is at the forefront of Imperial’s mission.

Andrew's previous role was Head of Scientific Computing and Data Management for Diamond Light Source Ltd, where he was responsible for the research and experimental IT infrastructure across Diamond and is involved in both internal and external research activities such as the EU funded ExPANDS project and acting as an advisor for the European Spallation Source (ESS) IT infrastructure.

Background - After achieving his PhD in Structural Geology at the University of Keele, and a period collaborating with the oil and gas industry in the development of new software algorithms, Dr Richards moved to the then CCLRC Daresbury Laboratory as a software engineer in grid computing. From 2004 to 2010 he developed and led various grid-related projects, including acting as the Executive Director for the UK National Grid Service.

He was also involved in several EU FP6 and FP7 projects (including the EGEE and EGI Design study projects) related to e-infrastructure development. In 2010 he moved to University College London to develop the inaugural research data service, before moving to the University of Oxford in 2011 where he headed up the universities’ central HPC service.

For more information visit our Research Computing Services web pages.