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Dr Fiona Polack

My research

I always wanted to research something!  After many years looking at practical approaches to high-quality software engineering, I now research complex systems simulation: support for developing extensible, reusable software that is demonstrably fit for purpose.  I collaborate with laboratory scientists, such as cancer biologists and immunologists, and am a member of the York Computational Immunology Lab. 

My journey

My career is built on luck: a PhD in the only 1980s history group using computers, running out of contracts just as a computing MSc opportunity arose, a workplace nursery opening just when I needed it, and so on. My recent work on complex systems simulation which has opened even more new academic horizons. Meanwhile, I am heavily involved in rowing - umpiring and committees, as well as occasional exercise. My husband, Chris, has been a key part of my career: he shared all the childcare - and now supports me in my role as Head of Langwith College. Along the way, we have gone from the parents of bright, engaged, children to proud parents of two wonderful young adults. Can't say I enjoyed every minute of it - it's been hard - but it has been immensely satisfying and I wouldn't change it.