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Marcus Hanwell received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Sheffield, UK, in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He spent a summer in Silicon Valley at a startup company in 2002, and participated in the Google Summer of Code program in 2007, as a student, and from 2008-2010, as a mentor with the KDE project. In 2011 Marcus led VTK’s application to be a mentoring organization, which was accepted, and acted as the primary organization administrator and mentor to one project concerned with chemistry visualization in VTK.
After completing his Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield in 2007, Marcus worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh in the department of chemistry. His Ph.D. and post-doctoral work involved both experimental and computational research, concerned primarily with the electrical and structural characteristics of nanomaterials. He has presented his research at local, national and international conferences. During this period he continued the open source development he began in 2007 as part of his Google Summer of Code project, joining the Blue Obelisk movement and was awarded a Blue Obelisk in 2011 in recognition of his achievements in promoting open data, open source and open standards.
Additionally, Marcus has been an active member of several open source communities. He is one of the core developers of Avogadro, an open source, 3D, cross-platform molecular visualization and editing application/library. He has been an active member of the Gentoo and KDE communities, and is a member of the Gentoo Foundation and KDE e.V. He has given presentations on his work in open source at several international conferences. His work in Avogadro was featured by Trolltech on their “Qt in Use” pages, and he was recently selected as a Qt Ambassador. Marcus continues to push for open data, open source and open standards in science.
He has played a key role in developing new development workflows as Kitware open source projects moved to Git, working on Gerrit code review integration, CDash@Home cloud based testing with Gerrit code review and next generation build systems in the Titan, ITK and VTK projects. He has also been awarded and led a Phase I project to further develop open source chemistry tools for computational chemistry, and has taken part in international collaborations to establish open standards for data exchange in chemistry.