Michele Simionato

Michele Simionato
Legacy code warrior
Milan, Italy
Job title:
Senior Developer
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Starting from October 2012 I work with GEM, a non-profit foundation
specialized on earthquakes and seismic risk assessment. I am the
maintainer of the [Openquake Engine](https://github.com/gem/oq-engine) and since March 2014 I have been working full time on it. Before that I had a long and variegated professional history. I started out as a Theoretical Physicist, working on General Relativity, Supergravity and then going into the Renormalization of Quantum Field Theory which was the subject of my Ph. D. I have been doing several years of postdoc research on Equilibrium and Out of Equilibrium Quantum Field Theory.
In 2003 I quit Physics and moved into software development, working
with Plone and several Web technologies. I am a Python expert, but I
also have experience with several other languages. I wrote several
technical papers and a book-size collection of articles called The
Adventures of a Pythonista in Schemeland. In 2005 I was hired by
StatPro in Milan and spent 7 years working with databases and web
applications in the field of financial risk assessment. I am also one
of the founders of the Italian Python Association.

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