|Most recent position
||Research Associate, University of York, UK
With over 10 years experience in industrially-focused software
engineering research and over 20 years experience of programming,
Zoë Stephenson is well-placed for systems or software
projects in a software/systems development role or in a process
engineering/management role. While her focus has largely been in the
embedded and safety-critical sectors, she is also a good match for
high-performance, enterprise and communications industries. She is
always willing to learn new programming systems, analysis methods,
software tools and natural languages to meet new challenges, but is
just as comfortable applying her existing experience in new fields.
||Research Associate, Systems and Software Engineering Initiative, Department of Computer Science, University of York, UK|
This role involves more focused research on the effects of safety standards on software development and delivery. One outcome from this is the need for explicit traceability between standards via evidence, for which a metamodelling approach is appropriate.
||Research Associate, Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, Department of Computer Science, University of York, UK|
The UTC role encompassed product-line system development, system safety, metamodelling, model-checking, architectural style, floating-point errors and test-generation methods. The central issues of the research were unnecessary duplication of effort and poor understanding of the behaviour of a software product in its deployment context. In seeking to address this through process change, we found a tension between breadth of techniques to apply and the ability to support claims with credible evidence.
||Technical Assistant, Department of Computer Science, University of York, UK|
This position included computer system decommissioning, building contents removals, building of computer systems from components, refurbishment of existing computer systems, PAT testing, physical computer system security and media destruction. The skills acquired have been valuable in more generally understanding computer systems both as an assembly of components and as elements in a larger sociotechnical setting.
||Technical Assistant, Crompton's Leisure Machines Limited, Ramsgate, UK|
This job involved essential statistical analysis for amusement machinery. While physically demanding at times, there were opportunities for field trips and hardware fault-finding. The job served as a basic introduction to the workplace and the practical applications of many mathematical and engineering skills.
Education and Training
||Research Student, Rolls-Royce UTC, Department of Computer Science, University of York, UK|
||My PhD topic was change management in safety-critical embedded systems. The emphasis was on the link between product-line modelling, decision application and cost of change. My thesis was nominated for the 2003 BCS Distinguished Dissertation award. I demonstrated on courses in Theory of Computing (problem classes) and Software Specification (lab classes).|
||BSc Student, Department of Computer Science, University of York, UK|
||During my undergraduate degree, I ran a coffee club serving tea and coffee to local elderly guests, for which I attended a training course on working with the elderly. As a member of the college Junior Common Room Committee I was involved with student event coordination and staffing. For my Level 1 Japanese language course I earned a distinction. I was a senior resident (pastoral care duties) in my final-year hall of residence. My final-year project was on fault-tolerant computer architecture simulation.|
||A Levels, Dane Court Grammar School, Broadstairs, Kent, UK: Maths - A, German - A, Physics - A, Computer Science - A|
||As a Deputy Head in the Sixth Form I was often involved in organising and staffing school events. For my Computer Science project I built a stock/order management sytem in DataEase and for my German oral exam I presented an analysis of Bavarian environmental politics.|
||GCSEs, Dane Court Grammar School, Broadstairs, Kent, UK: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, French, German, Computing - A; English Literature, English Language - B; Statistics - RSA distinction|
||I was a member of the school's environment club (World Watch) for two years, where I implemented a pass-based attendance system; I also attended local Friends of the Earth meetings to find out more about local environmental issues. My Computing project was a membership application for the local Friends of the Earth group.|
|Teaching||Systems Architecture (4 years) (one session/year), Software Implementation (2 years) (6 sessions/year)|
|Examinations and assessments||Algorithms and Data Structures (2001, 2002); Software Implementation (2007, 2008)|
|Student supervision||MSc students, 2005-2009|
|Project reporting||MOSAIC project 2008|
|Technical project management||MOSAIC project technical meetings (York, Derby, Birmingham, Gaydon, Sheffield)|
|Conference management||ETAPS 2009 information displays, general technical assistance|
|Research group technical management||UTC - templates, deliverable logging, annual report preparation, final CD preparation|
|Seminar coordination||HISE group, 2009-2010|
I was a judge in the 2008 Self-Documenting Code Contest.
Hobbies and Skills
- York Linux User Group LUGMaster (overall coordinator) and InstallFest organiser (yearly gathering to help general public with installations).
- Magic: the Gathering Usenet NetRep, responsible for preparing the newsgroup FAQ, answering rules questions, propagating between the public forum and the Rules Team and participating in advanced rules discussion.
- Retrocomputing - among others: Atari ST, Atari Falcon, SGI Indigo2, Apple Mac Performa. Particularly experienced at dealing with floppy disks.
- Reasonable understanding of German, some understanding of French, would require a refresher but I generally pick languages up very quickly.