About me

Hi there! 👋 My name is Geert, which is Dutch for Gerard.

I am a software engineer with a curiosity for science gone out of hand. I have degrees in both Computer Science (MSc) and Physics (PhD) and benefit from 10+ years experience in building open source scientific software and analyzing data. My experience includes diverse projects at three universities 👨‍🎓, two space agencies 🚀, and one meteorological institute 🌤. My journey allowed me to work in five countries and three languages so far.

In recent years, I was part of the team that rescued NASA's award-winning Kepler Space Telescope. I was privileged to experience first hand how a small team of skilled engineers can achieve miracles when given the freedom to take risks, prototype rapidly, and collaborate in a positive culture. It enabled us to rescue the spacecraft and extend the mission by four years, leading to the discovery of 300+ new planets across the galaxy.

Career

  • 2017-now: Community Support Director, NASA Kepler Mission (USA)
  • 2015-2017: Astrophysicist, NASA Kepler Mission (USA)
  • 2012-2015: Research & Teaching Assistant, University of Hertfordshire (UK)
  • 2008-2012: Physics PhD Student, Queen's University Belfast (UK)
  • 2007-2008: Software Engineer Intern, European Space Agency (The Netherlands)
  • 2006-2007: Climate Research Assistant, Royal Meteorological Institute (Belgium)
  • 2002-2006: MSc Computer Science, University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Skills

  • software engineering using Python, Java, C/C++;
  • web development using Javascript, JQuery, Bootstrap;
  • data processing and visualization using database systems;
  • statistical inference and machine learning;
  • presenting scientific results to an audience of experts or non-experts.

Things I have created

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