EuroPython 2016

Michele Simionato

Michele Simionato
Legacy code warrior
Technical interests
Milan, Italy
Job title
Senior Developer
Compact biography

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 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.