Dr Thomas French


Thomas joined Sandtable in 2012 with a doctorate from the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. His thesis was on heuristic approaches for solving hard simulation optimisation problems.

As CTO, Thomas is responsible for Sandtable’s technical direction, using a cutting edge tech stack to deliver a cloud-based platform for data science. He’s particularly proud of winning two prestigious SMART grants to support platform development. Thomas is a tireless advocate of agile methods; you’ll often find him at conferences and meetups banging the drum for agile data science. His technical interests are in distributed systems, in particular for large-scale simulation and optimisation.

Thomas is now a confirmed ‘burner’, having made his first visit to Black Rock City in 2015. He’s into electronic music, reading, and field hockey.