Meet the Platform Team — Part II!

We profiled part of our Platform team last month, but as it is our largest team here at Mendeley, we had to break it up into two parts. To be honest, we profiled the team in three parts, with the API team taking the lead back in August.

Why is the team so big? Because all those lines of code translate into giving Mendeley the base it needs for all of the features that make Mendeley what it is today.

Read through their individual bios and find out how the Platform team helps every single team at Mendeley.

Richard Lyne

Senior Software Engineer

Richard originally studied Physics with Space Science at UCL before falling into programming as a career.
Mendeley has broken his track record of always working at acronyms.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I’m a software engineer and have worked on a number of projects from the data-pipeline, the recommender, and the API. Now I’m running the SSO project.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Definitely the people and culture here – couldn’t have asked for smarter or more interesting people to work with. And the day-to-day we have latitude to work with new technologies and practices.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I started a football team up where I live so I could play regular 5-a-side games, some stargazing, and indoor/outdoor climbing.

Gianni O’Neill

Java Developer

Gianni previously worked at Kizoom/Trapeze making transport software.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Working on the back end services for Mendeley

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Getting featured on the blog.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Losing at pub quiz

Chris Dawes

Senior Java Developer

Chris has only recently moved back to London after a stint in Berlin
working for Aupeo — an online music service. Before that he worked at
MX Telecom.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I started at the beginning of this year so I’ve been rotating around the different projects the platform team is responsible for.
I was particularly impressed at the level of engineering that’s gone in to the development-test-deployment cycle. This is pretty much the gold standard that everybody’s aiming for, with everything automated from commit through to deployment, scaling and monitoring.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
It’s a great team — there’s a really good vibe and it’s actually a nice feeling to come in to the office every day. My team-mates are all extremely talented, and there’s always someone able to help out when things get tricky.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I learnt to scuba dive last year so I’ve used all my leave so far (and possibly some karma too) to go diving in Malta and Thailand. A manta ray gliding over your head, almost within reach, is really special feeling.

 

Ed Ingold

Software Engineer

Ed is a former Anthropology student who realised paid employment was both inevitable and desirable. “Now I code. Generally not horribly,” he said.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Processing a lot of data and working out which researchers should be collaborating.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
I have fun playing around with various shiny bits of technology. Also, it’s an indoor job with no heavy lifting. Sometimes there is pizza.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Mostly playing a lot of board games.

Michael Watt

Software Engineer

Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Michael graduated in 2004 with a Computer Science degree. In 2009, he decided to move to London for a change of scenery. Six years later, he’s still here and have had a number of jobs, largely doing back-end Java development in a number of domains including real estate, broadcasting, and finance.
How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I work on the services that power the various APIs used by Mendeley applications and third parties.
What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Working on diverse problems, with a team that is serious about continual improvement, on software that is used and found useful by a growing number of people.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Having a pint in a London pub; occasionally playing a guitar or piano (badly); playing with radio controlled things that fly.

Piyush Bedi

Software Engineer

Forged on the sandy hot beaches of Australia sometime in the 80s, Piyush is from a bygone era when it didn’t matter how big your data was. He mysteriously ended up on the other side of the world and must now practice as a Software Engineer to make his way back. Follow him on Twitter @grimyetcheerful

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?

I work with an intelligent team to build our internal and external software platform. This means developing RESTful services, APIs and map reduce jobs, so other people can interact with our awesome services and vast ocean of data.” When I feel homesick, I use that time to shoot down bugs (in our code).

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

The amazing speed at which we can go from an idea in our heads to operational code for other people. I’ve worked in a lot of places, but Mendeley has one of the most agile environments I’ve ever had the privilege to work in. This is no doubt due to the great team and the software architecture they have developed.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Travelling around the British Isles (See diagram) and the greater European continent, intense sports (like snowboarding, video gaming, and finding sunlight in London while carrying my wet laundry) and deciding what to eat for my next meal.

Meet the Platform Team — part I

Our Platform Team is easily the largest one here at Mendeley, hence the need to meet the team in two parts! But it is with good reason — the Platform team is exactly as it sounds, a firm base from which all Mendeley experiences are built. The Engineers and Developers on the team build code and work closely with other teams at Mendeley to help assess needs and address them with the right bit of software.

What does that mean in practice? Read through their individual bios and find out how the Platform team helps every single team at Mendeley! And next month we’ll profile the other half of the team. Whew!

James Gibbons

Principal Software Engineer

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James originally studied Computer Science, Linguistics and French. He’s worked in London for several years, mostly related to public transport before joining Mendeley in 2012.  Find him on Twitter @james_gibbons

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I tend to be involved in a lot of projects, trying to help explore the best ways of producing great software. I spend more time than most in meetings.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Working with such a knowledgeable and insightful team is a privilege, as is having the chance to work with some very interesting tools and ideas to build a great platform for Mendeley.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A variety of things, but in particular cycling which is common in Mendeley, and psephology, which isn’t.

Kristof Ujfalussy

Software Engineer

KristofAfter getting my BSc in Budapest, Kristof worked for a year in Hungary and
then moved to London to get his Masters. After graduating, he stayed in
London and worked at the Discovery Channel before joining Mendeley in
2012.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I’m responsible for the data-pipeline stream. I work on jobs that process various sources of data for marketing purposes and help the analytics team generate KPIs for the business.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Hackdays, relaxed atmosphere, lots of opportunities to learn.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I do a lot of stuff, but I would say the thing I enjoy most is travelling, especially to places with beautiful nature.

 

William Doran

Software Engineer
image (3)Phd in Computational linguistics -> 4yrs working for IBM Ireland (Java/HTML/JavaScript) -> Disney Uk ( Java/Javascript) -> Expedia Uk (Java) – Mendeley

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Building things: web services, APIs, deployment tooling

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Working with clever people and having the freedom to work with cutting edge technologies

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Outdoorsy stuff, (hiking, running, cycling, saving kittens from trees, etc.)

Dr. David Ingram

Principal Engineer

dmiDavid’s background is a mix between the computer industry and academia. He has a PhD in operating systems, post doc research in distributed systems and has worked for AT&T Labs and Google.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I build bridges between the Platform Team and other parts of the company, in particular with the Social Team and the Mobile Team. I work a lot on the Mendeley API, and help drive the development of Mendeley’s social network.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Being part of a really great team who share a common purpose and believe in what they are doing.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Contemporary Dance.

James Chancellor

Software developer

james.chancellor (1)James graduated from Bristol University in mechanical engineering but got into software development soon after, having always been a hobby. He previously worked for Hotels.com and the online supermarket Ocado before that.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I’m new so I’m just learning the ropes in the platform team. However the projects are well organised and it’s been straight forward to get working on stories, pushing code to production and contributing value from day one. I work on core services that support Mendeley products across all platforms.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
I appreciate the down-to-earth, friendly attitude of the team that has helped me settle in quickly. I also look forward to the support I know I have in developing my skills in the direction I want them to go.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I learned how to hang glide a few years ago and try to get into the sky as often as I can. This usually involves driving down to the south coast, strapping myself to an aluminium/dacron contraption and running off a hill.

Davinder Mann

Java Developer

DavinderDavinder previously worked for BAE Systems as a Java developer building a platform for structured data analytics

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
Working on the core services that power Mendeley clients across different work streams.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Flexibility on use of technologies and being able to move between work streams if desired.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Golf and watching movies.

Víctor Fernández Peñalver

Software Developer

victorVictor was born in Alicante Spain and his interest for computers started around 1987 when his parents bought him and his twin brother a Sinclair ZX Spectrum as a birthday present. He holds a BSc in Computer Science by the university of Skövde in Sweden and a MSc in Computer Science by the university of Alicante in Spain. He moved to London in 2007 and worked as software developer in few companies since then. He joined Mendeley in 2012. Find him on Twitter @yeforriak

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
As a software developer in the platform team I’m responsible of writing software that is consumed by lots of people everyday, including other development teams as well. The daily work varies a lot, from writing more traditional Java services to Scala map reduce jobs or some parts of a recommender system using machine learning algorithms.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
My favourite thing is the opportunity to work with smart and talented people, I also enjoy practicing extreme programming and the ability of try new technologies.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I like playing old school video games (ghost and goblins, new zealand story, captain commando are among my favourites). I also like to travel and practice a lot of sports including squash, skating, mountain bike, snowboarding, windsurfing, triathlon.

Dr. James Heather

Principal Java Engineer

james_and_the_roobsterUntil recently, James was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Surrey, conducting research into computer security, and secure voting in particular. Then he decided one day he should probably open the office door and see what the world outside was like…
Find him on Twitter @drfudgeboy

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
I press lots of buttons, and it makes our computers do things. When I press the right buttons, it makes our back end services work better. When I press the wrong buttons, our infrastructure generally spots it, and tells me to have another yoghurt and try again.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
As a former academic who spent most of his time writing and publishing papers, I am dead keen on supporting and promoting research. It’s really good to have a development role where the work I do helps my friends and colleagues in universities all around the world. And there’s free yoghurt.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Free time? Ah yes, I remember that. I go to work, I play hide-and-seek with a two-year-old, I change nappies for a four-month-old, and I sleep in the gaps in between. In the three minutes left each week, my wife and I are active in our church (Emmanuel, Stoughton), we like watching cosy murders (Miss Marple, Poirot, etc.), and we kill plants.

 

Nikolett Harsányi

Senior Java Engineer

DSC05765~2 (1)Nikolett is a self-taught engineer. She was keen to be a teacher, helping, teaching and motivating people. At the university, she had a lot of ideas how she could make teaching easier,
which is how she got involved in programming. “I just fell in love with programming, and I am very passionate to learn more and more,” she said.

How do you describe your role on the Platform Team?
As a backend developer, I am responsible for developing services which are used by other people.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
Very talented and smart colleagues. I have plenty opportunity to learn in a very friendly environment.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I really enjoy traveling, cooking, sewing and dancing. I’m very keen to pick up new skills in my free-time.

Meet the Data Science Team!

A big part of research is data, but for the Mendeley Data Sciences team, data is all they research. The team makes a big deal of big data, acting as wizards in our Mendeley world, magically bringing bits together. The Data Science team links data and projects, and connects research and business to build better products, such as the paper recommender and social networks. Collaboration is key to making the most of big data, and our Data Science team is constantly involved with conferences, meetings and internal talks to help connect Mendeley to the world of research.

Kris Jack

krisjackChief Data Scientist

@_krisjack

Kris joined Mendeley in 2010. He has a wide range of experience in Data Science both in industry and academia.

He obtained BSc Hons in Computer Science at the University of Dundee in 2002, followed by a PhD in 2006. Following that, Kris was employed as an Expert R&D Engineer in France Telecom until 2008 then at the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique until 2009. Before joining Mendeley, he worked as a Research Associate at the University of Manchester in their Text Mining team.

How do you describe your role on the Data Science Team?

I’m responsible for leading the Data Science team, making way for them to do great work and hopefully pitching in myself along the way.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

Knowing that we’re making a difference to how research gets done. As a researcher myself, I know how hard research is and how much easier we could make it with the right tools to support us.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Relaxing with my family.

 

Phil Gooch

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Phil joined Mendeley in June 2014. He’s been conjuring structured knowledge from unstructured text within STM publishing and in academia for several years.

Prior to Mendeley, Phil worked for Oxford University Press as a Language Technologist. He completed a PhD in Health Informatics in 2012. Following this, he worked as a Research Associate for the University of Sheffield in their Natural Language Processing group, and as Research Developer in Digital Humanities at Kings College, London. In previous career-lives, Phil worked as a rehab therapist in the NHS, a computer games programmer, and musician.

@Phil_Gooch

How do you describe your role on the Data Science Team?

I contribute expertise in natural language processing and information extraction, so that as a Data Science team, and in collaboration with our Platform team, we can create useful – and hopefully exciting! – tools for researchers.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

I love working with text, and developing workflows and tools to uncover the knowledge and connections that are buried in the vast amount of research literature. Also, working with the really smart people here who can work the magic to turn prototype code into something production-worthy!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Long walks in the countryside with family and friends, being by the sea, cycling, writing music, enjoying the arts.

 

Maya Hristakeva

Senior Data Scientist

mayaMachine learning is Maya’s passion and she has focused her entire career thus far in this space by developing algorithms and building software within start-up organisations. Before moving to the UK in 2010, Maya was a Machine Learning PhD student at University of California- Santa Cruz. She also worked as a Researcher at Silicon Valley based startup C8 Medisensors, where she developed algorithms to non-invasively measure blood sugar in people (using ramen spectroscopy – no needles).

After moving to the UK, Maya worked at Mendeley before the Elsevier acquisition as a Data Mining Engineer. Then, I joined Cognitive Match, another startup, as a Sr. Research Scientist focusing on using machine learning techniques for behavioral targeting and recommendations.

Within 2 years my path crossed with Mendeley again after the Elsevier acquisition. She is happy to be back working as a member of the Data Science team where we are focused on the next generation of solutions to help our users connect to their research and to other collaborators in innovative, valuable ways.

How do you describe your role on the Data Science Team?

I work on building recommender systems to help researchers contextualise their work within the global body of research, and connect them with relevant researchers, groups and articles.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

I enjoy the creative working environment, lots of smart and diverse people, as well as having the latest technologies at my fingertips. I also love that Mendeley reaches millions of people with our products and makes a difference in researchers’ lives.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Wine, Food, Kickboxing, Argentine Tango, and Traveling (but not necessarily in that order)

Meet the API Team!

Keeping science open has always been part of Mendeley’s mission. There are many ways we achieve this, but our developer portal throws opens the Mendeley platform for developers to create and build tools to make researchers’ lives easier using Application Programming Interfaces — known as APIs. It is thanks to the Mendeley API that some of your favorite Mendeley third-party apps exist, like KinSync, PaperShip and Scholarley, to name a few. Even higher education is getting into the API game.

And now our API website has a fresh new look and a beta release. The team is currently working with a technical writer to improve the documentation, and are also busy trying to get SDKs out for mobile and other languages for a major release sometime later this year.

Think you’re ready to hack? Know any code monkeys interested in building tools to make researchers’ lives easier? Visit our Dev Portal to learn more and follow our brand-new Mendeley API blog. And meet the team behind the API in this months’ “Meet the Mendeley Team.”

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Joyce Stack – Developer Outreach

joyce-marie (1)Joyce Stack completed a BSc. (Hons) Computer Science from The Open University while working in a startup in Co. Cork, Ireland. She moved to London in 2005 to join one of the City’s leading exponents of agile techniques at that time to work as a Java Developer. She is now working in the Developer Outreach role in Mendeley.
Connect with her on Twitter @MendeleyStack

How do you describe your role on the API Team?

Mainly my role is to be the “physical manifestation” of the API at conferences, meetups and hackathons.

Also, my role is to ensure we are engaging with all our clients and potential clients on the main social channels e.g. Twitter, Stack Overflow, blogs, etc.

My main responsibilities are to build up an excellent developer experience and support people in building great apps and demonstrating the value of our dataset to new potential clients. Basically, engaging with our developer community to drive adoption. Also, I’m the conduit between clients, both internal and external into the platform team and product teams, from an API perspective.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

I get fed a lot. There is always a fridge full of food, ice-cream, fruit and drinks.

Primarily, though I was never one for endless iterations of work, I like the variety in this role. I get to wear many hats, e.g. product owner, support person, coder, debugger, marketing, blogger.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Take trips away to new places (8 so far this year), drinking brown beer and keeping fit with boxercise, spinning and weights.

Matt Thomson – Senior Software Developer

Matt ThompsonMatt was born and grew up in Scunthorpe in the North of England. After graduating with an MMath from the University of Cambridge, he moved to London to join a telecommunications software provider, before joining the platform team at Mendeley in 2012.

How do you describe your role on the API Team?

I’m one of the developers of the Mendeley API, responsible for building new features, keeping the API running smoothly, and making sure that it meets the needs of all of our client developers, both internally and externally.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

The problems are challenging, our technology stack is exciting, and the people are friendly and supportive. I bet everyone says “the people”, though.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I’m a big fan of live comedy, and performed improvised comedy for a number of years, most notably at the Edinburgh Fringe with London’s (now defunct) Fat Kitten Improv. I also enjoy exploring London’s green spaces and pubs, and am a long-suffering follower of Scunthorpe United.

Dr David Ingram —Principal Engineer

David’s background is a mix between working in the computer industry and academia — he has a PhD in operating systems, did post doc research in distributed systems, and worked for both AT&T Labs and Google.

How do you describe your role on the API Team?David Ingram

My role is currently to look at the API both from within and from external client perspectives. I try to make sure the most important client needs are met while keeping the implementation clean and maintainable.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

The best thing about Mendeley is our goal, to improve the productivity of researchers everywhere.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my free time when I’m not hacking, I teach dance.

Meet the Product Team!

We often have users writing to us describing Mendeley as a sort of religious experience — we see a lot of exclamation points here at Mendeley. So it may sound a bit clinical to describe Mendeley as a “product,” but everything the Product Team does here at Mendeley leads to creating the tool you know and love (exclamation points!!).

Product deals with all aspects of how you, as users, interact with Mendeley from your computer or tablet or phone. They work collaboratively with each other and with the other teams at Mendeley to create the features you love (or, perhaps, need), and ensure that they are usable.

Our Product Team is always interested to learn more about how you use Mendeley and other websites and tools. If you are in the London area at any time, email us and arrange a User Testing session — there is a pack of goodies and a gift certificate in it for you!

Matt Coulson

Senior Product Manager

Follow me on Twitter @mattcoulson72 Matt Coulson

I’ve worked in Product Management for around 12 years, including working for Messagelabs (now Symantec), Virgin Media and, for the last 6 years, at the BBC. At the BBC I led a team of 5 product managers and worked on a number of their products and services including News, Sport, Radio and Music and BBC Red Button!

How would you describe your role at Mendeley? My role is to bring a portfolio level view and agile product ownership expertise to the product team. In other words, help the product machine run that bit better and slicker. Here at Mendeley we’re entering a ‘hyper growth’ phase which means we have the amazing opportunity to build lots of cool new features that will delight our users and support our strategy. To do this we’ll need to do a number of things, but perhaps most importantly we need to invest wisely, make the right choices and trade-offs and ultimately deliver products that knock the socks off our users. My aim is to make this process better, clearer and more transparent.

What is your favourite part about working at Mendeley? I think I’d have to say the people. They are one smart and savvy bunch. Good to see so much passion for delivering top quality experiences to users as well.

What do you like to do in your free time? I like to travel, cook, walk, exercise (lightly!), game, films, gigs and reading. Sadly I can’t profess to be a part-time acrobat or other exotic pass-times but I’m open to ideas!

See Wah Cheng

Product Manager

Follow me on Twitter @seewahcheng See-Wah

I joined Mendeley as a web developer four years ago. Over my career in Mendeley, I have seen the release of many products. Gradually I picked up more insights into user experience and user needs, so I decided to take on the challenge of product management! I feel passionate about improving people’s lives through technology.

How would you describe your role at Mendeley? To transform visions into tangible features. I have mostly worked with web products. I love my role in Mendeley because it is so multi-faceted. I am involved in literally every stage of a project, from defining goals, interviewing users, through to organising and prioritizing sprint tasks. I work with data, design, technology and people! The sense of achievement when you see ideas and wireframes turning into actual products that people actually use is incredible.

What is your favourite part about working at Mendeley? Everyone here is so passionate about what we do. And more importantly, we are making the world a better place by giving researchers a helping hand!

What do you like to do in your free time? I do quite a bit of cycling and rock climbing. I am also very much into architecture and architectural history. Check it out.

Steve Dennis

Product Designer

Follow me on Twitter @subcide Steve-Dennis

Steve grew up in New Zealand, and moved to London in 2010 ‘for a bit of a change’. He’s been designing for the web for over 12 years, and has involved himself in many areas including interaction and visual design, user experience, front-end web development, and product management.

How would you describe your role at Mendeley? I am currently a Product Designer for the iOS and upcoming Android apps, though I dabble in many areas across the company.

What is your favourite part about working at Mendeley? Interacting with our users, and delivering things that solve real-world problems or pain points for them. The free food is also pretty great.

What do you like to do in your free time? Design, rock climbing, and disruptive technologies (specifically Virtual Reality and Bitcoin).

Matthew Green

Product Manager

Matt-GreenInternational Politics degree at the University of Birmingham, which led me into a career in online gaming (obviously) with Betfair. I was with Betfair for 5 years until I decided I needed a change…went off to Central & South America for a few months, came back and worked on a startup with a friend before doing some work with onefinestay.com and then finally finding my calling at mendeley.com for the last (almost) 2 years. The product was awesome, the industry was interesting and the people are great, so it’s been a good few years. In other, less interesting news, i’ve been in London since 2006 – resident solely in Northeast London until recently when i’ve taken the drastic decision to move to the up & coming Southeast.

How would you describe your role at Mendeley? I look after the institutional product offering at Mendeley (MIE) – which involves speaking to librarians, research managers & the odd researcher to find what what they want & need to support an institutional implementation of Mendeley. User adoption is key for us, and the more Institutions that adopt Mendeley the better as all their researchers get to use a premium version of our great product!

What is your favourite part about working at Mendeley? Doing something useful – it makes a big difference compared to my previous roles. I also don’t think I could ever not work next to a food market anymore…

What do you like to do in your free time? I play football for Priory Park Rangers (named after the first road I lived on when I moved to London), and cycle & run a lot…I also like to go on holiday…as much as I can…to as many places as possible 🙂

Greg Homola

UX Designer

Greg HomolaHow would you describe your role at Mendeley? My favourite part is I do not have to choose between visual and UX design. That means my role is pretty varied and I really enjoy it.

What is your favourite part about working at Mendeley? I work with amazing people both personally and professionally, and I mean it.

What do you like to do in your free time? I love spending my time with my family, travelling. Also I am a keen amateur photographer, so I can combine all these things on some lucky days. I like reading and learning and also like sports like basketball, snowboarding and others.

Andrew Officer

UX/Product Designer

Follow me on Twitter @andrewofficer AndrewOfficer

Digital product designer with a background in interaction design. Previous to Mendeley, I co-founded a web-design startup in the West Midlands, where I worked as design lead, producing the creative and front-end code for public, private and e-commerce websites. My specialities live in end-to-end product development, user-centered research, interaction design and user interface design for online digital products.

How would you describe your role at Mendeley? UX/Product hybrid. I work closely with business stakeholders, product managers, designers, developers and end-users to understand needs and influence product strategy, ensuring that the best products and features make it to the marketplace and with an optimal user experience. I’m involved in all user facing aspects of product delivery, from speaking with researchers, requirements gathering, scoping out interaction design, designing interfaces with abit of marketing thrown in.

What is your favourite part about working at Mendeley? The diversity of the role and being involved in all aspects of the business. Having the scope to work with various skillsets in areas that wouldn’t typically be under my remit. Solving difficult problems from a hugely smart and diverse audience group with differing careers levels, from a range of disciplines that have complex use cases and needs to work with. Being part of something than can ultimately change the world for the better makes the job hugely satisfying compared to other industries.

What do you like to do in your free time? In my spare time I can be found collecting and mixing records, snowboarding, DIY and enjoying the unhealthy culinary delights the world has to offer such as hamburgers, hipster beer, curried goat and ramen.

Joe Shell

Senior Product Manager — Data

Follow me on Twitter @JosephShell Joe shell

I like persistent, discoverable, reusable, sciency, webby things. Formerly of Nature.

How would you describe your role at Mendeley? I own the Mendeley Data program of projects.

What is your favourite part about working at Mendeley? It’s growing.

What do you like to do in your free time? Tarot card reading.

Meet the SysAdmin Team!

Considering that Mendeley is a software taking full advantage of the internet and cloud storage, it is impossible to underscore the importance of the SysAdmin — short for System Administration — team at Mendeley. The team is responsible for ensuring our computer systems, databases, and networks are working reliably and efficiently.

But they are far from being a “have you tried turning it off and on again” I.T. response team — the SysAdmin team is constantly working on developing and maximizing our systems, working closely with engineers and API developers, and ensuring the integrity of our data and systems.

However, it also behooves me to write nice things about them, as they are also responsible for making sure each employee at Mendeley has the correct computing tools needed to do their job — and can’t you see me with a brand-new tablet? :-p

Robin Stephenson

Vice President of Engineering

RobinBack in Elsevier after many years with intermediate experience in a variety of roles, including various other publishers, banking and transport information. Started as a Perl developer on Sun workstations; now more interested in operating Scala running in Hadoop on AWS.

1. How do you describe your role/what you do on the SysAdmin Team?
Maintain longer-term goals of the engineering team; making it work, and helping them work. Immanentising the eschaton by adopting good ideas and expunging terrible ones.

2. What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

An informal atmosphere, and the ability to take decisions.

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Cycling, learning, spending time with my family.

 

Kubilay Tsil Kara

Database Administrator

KubilayKubilay studied in University of Westminster, earning a Masters of Science in Database Systems, with experience in database design, data modelling and data integration between systems and applications.

1. How do you describe your role/what you do on the Syadmin Team?
Responsible for the day to day database administration, database performance tuning and data integration activities in the company.

2. What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?
I like working in Mendeley because it uses cutting edge technology and platforms to provide its services, always trying new things and exploring methods to do things better. People working in Mendeley are very knowledgeable and innovative and there is always opportunity and time to try new things.

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Travelling, Cars, Fishing, ​Cinema and Chess

 

James Rasell

Systems Administrator

James RassellJames graduated in 2005 from Kingston University with a BSc Hons in Earth and Planetary Science and worked within the oil and hosting industries before moving to Mendeley 18 months ago.

1. How do you describe your role/what you do on the SysAdmin Team?

As a sysadmin my tasks vary from fixing printers to managing, planning, testing and conducting large scale migrations and upgrades. One of my key skills within the team is Hadoop for which I obtained my CCAH last year.

2. What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

I get to work with awesome and intelligent people as well as having the chances to constantly develop my knowledge.

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Drawing, playing bass, running, tennis, music, art, tattoos, beer, wine, travelling….(the list goes on)

 

Steffen Rick

Systems Administrator

photo (2)The newest member of Mendeley, Steffen Rick has been in this profession a long time. He started working right away and “I can remember the heydays of the internet, I joined pretty much at that time.” Steffen also remembers the internet bubble bursting, but is happy that both it, and he, have recovered.

Steffen has traveled to many countries and worked several places. He said he feels lucky when he answered the phone when the agency called and asked “Do you want to work for Mendeley?”

1. How do you describe your role/what you do on the SysAdmin Team?

I’m basically hired as Sysadmin, working on keeping things running, hoping I can contribute to improving it too.

2. What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

The proper display of attitude, software code is actually being written at this place.

3. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

All the things others enjoy too. Drinking beer, going to concerts, various forms of sport, working on becoming a FreeBSD committer.

Meet the QA/Support Team!

It’s a scenario that can give any researcher the cold sweats: an eleventh-hour crash of a program just minutes before a paper deadline. Luckily, thanks to the efforts of our Quality Assurance and Support team, Mendeley strives hard to ensure this never happens. While our developers put their all into designing a great product, Quality Assurance are there to ensure we’ve written tests to cover all the edge cases, and that we don’t let those pesky bugs into the wild.

And what if things do go wrong? Support is there to iron out any wrinkles, whether it be from a new user still trying to learn the ropes, an expert submitting a bug report, or fielding requests from users to hand off to our developers.

Callum Anderson

Callum Anderson

Team Lead

Callum’s worked in technology for a few years now, both as a Business Analyst, and in QA. He grew up in St. Albans (just outside London) and holds degrees in English and Computer Science.

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

I’m lucky enough to be involved in a lot of different projects, so it’s unlikely I’ll be doing the same thing from one day to the next. I could be in meetings planning features and implementation for a new product or service, or at my desk all day writing ruby— I love that variety.

What’s your favourite part of working at Mendeley?

We get to work with the latest technologies and some of the best brains in the industry.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am into running and triathlons – I’m actually competing in the UK Ironman triathlon later this year, so training for that is taking up quite a bit of my spare time. I also try spend a few hours each week reading about or playing with new technologies.

Michał Buś

Senior QA Engineer

Michal BusMichał was born and grew up in Kraków, Poland. where he studied sociology at Jagiellonian University, before moving to Edinburgh, and then London.
Following a string of varied roles, he found his interest for testing software after joining Last.fm, a music startup, in a diverse ‘resident Polish person’ role that involved anything from translation and copy-editing to liaising with music labels and festival organisers. He joined Mendeley nearly 5 years ago and has enjoyed helping it grow into what it is today, being kept busy/interested ever since. Follow him @michalboo

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

Test all the things, as early as possible. I’m particularly interested in doing as much as I can to help Mendeley build software that people will actually use. Also: investigating, finding, documenting and helping to fix bugs (Reported bug count at the time of writing: 1,092)

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

Some of the people are nice enough, I guess. (Editor’s note: Michał’s deadpan humor…we hope!) I also enjoy being able to get involved in a wide variety of projects, testing different products in different ways. Consistently learning new things and being kept on my toes.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Going to a lot of gigs – before joining Mendeley, I worked on promoting live music in Kraków and Warsaw with my brother and some friends, and now use living in London as an opportunity to help them out and ‘talent scout’ by seeing and hearing as many new acts as my ears can take. My other interests include: playing basketball, flâneuring around London, reading books, lahmacun and setting up ephemeral ‘projects’ on tumblr.

Josh Cole

Technical Support Representative

Josh Cole

Josh studied mathematics at the University of York, but decided that 3 years of maths was more than enough, so he moved into Technical Support. He said he came to Mendeley for a new challenge and to make my mark in an up and coming startup.

 

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

I deal with customer questions and issues with the various Mendeley products (Mendeley Desktop, Web, the app, etc), as well as escalating recurring problems/features with our various Development Teams.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

I love working in a constantly evolving work environment that supports learning and development.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I enjoy playing video games on my Xbox 360, as well as Starcraft and watching good films or really, really bad films. I’ve also recently discovered badminton, which I’m awful at, but I love anyway.

 

 

Veronica Mejias Meneses

QA Engineer

VERONICAVeronica studied Computer Science at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile. She moved to the UK 5 years ago and landed in Mendeley, where her career took a turn in the right direction.

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

I test the software. Over and over. My main job is to write automated tests to make sure new features don’t break old ones. I also been working on our testing infrastructure lately, to help us moving onto a more reliable, faster platform.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

At Mendeley there is constant challenge, constant learning. I work with a very nice and talented team, and the rest of my colleagues are really nice to work with too.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

In my spare time I enjoy talking to my family, baking, crochet, reading, travelling, cycling, swimming, watching Qi, among many other things.

 

Tiago Lourenço Nobre

QA Automation Engineer

TiagoTiago went to Uni near his hometown in Leiria, Portugal at Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Leiria, where he studied computer engineering. He worked at PT Inovação a telecommunication group in Aveiro as a automation tester in a continuous integration environment before he came to Mendeley.

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

At the moment, I am working on automation tests and building, along with my team, a continuous integration & delivery. Also, importantly, I am learning new things everyday.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

Every day is a learning day and I have the opportunity to work with new technologies.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Cycling, not riding the tube, cooking, play tennis

 

Charlotte Organ

Customer support representative

Charlotte OrganCharlotte’s another member of the south London massive together with Paul and Mudi. She went to university in Durham (the English one, not the one in NC) where she studied Modern Foreign Languages (mostly French and Arabic). A former resident of Damascus and Cairo, she trailed her spouse down to London in search of work. Mendeley was her first interview four days after she moved, and she started four days after that.

 

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

I help people who have problems with Mendeley, have found issues or bugs that need fixing, or are finding it all a bit too much. Together with Josh, we are the last line of defence against angry users everywhere (it doesn’t always work, sadly).

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

Helping people who are working on loads of different projects all over the world, from surgeons to people studying fish to medieval historians.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Cooking, eating, reading anything that comes near me, finding and observing strange local wildlife (terrapins in the Regent’s canal is the most recent)

 

Ben A’Lee

System Administrator

bmaBen did a degree in computing and software development at the University of Plymouth. Then when he finished, he wanted to move to London (“Plymouth’s a nice place but not exactly conveniently located,” he said.) Ben applied for a position as a PHP developer but within a couple of months he was increasingly spending his time on sysadmin projects. Follow him @bma

How do you describe your role at Mendeley?

I’m working on things that cross over between QA and operations, primarily the monitoring infrastructure but also things related to infrastructure automation, like automatic rollbacks.

What is your favourite part about working for Mendeley?

I like the flexibility to work on different things: first PHP, then system administration, and now increasingly Ruby development.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Reading, walking, cooking, plotting the downfall of the capitalist system.