Welcome to MDSimpson.co.uk

Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Mike Simpson, and I’m a Research Software Engineer and former Game Developer, based in the North-East of England.

On this site, you will find information about my eclectic collection of skills, hobbies and interests, including my research, software and gaming portfolios, as well as a blog about a range of topics, including writing, photography, gaming and mental health.


I have a degree in Computer Science and an MSc in Computer Games Engineering. I worked as a games programmer before returning to university to complete a PhD. I now work as a Research Software Engineer at Newcastle University. I am also an active member of the RSE Community, becoming a Trustee of the Society of Research Software Engineering after serving on the organising committee for RSECon22 and RSECon23.

Research Software Engineering

I have worked on a number of interesting research projects in a number of different fields, providing my experience and expertise with software and website development, visualisation and human-computer interaction.

  • For more information about some of the software projects I have worked on, click here.
  • Or check out the research page for details of the research projects and publications I have contributed to.

Video Game Development

I worked as a Game Programmer at a local studio for a number of years, contributing to titles including NASCAR the Game 2011 and Auto Club Revolution. My role involved gameplay, physics, interface and audio programming.

I also took part in an industrial placement project at Midway Studios Newcastle during my MSc, working on a new dynamic system for managing road networks in large video game environments.

Additionally, I enjoy designing and building video games in my spare time.

  • For more information about some of these projects, check out my Game Portfolio.

3D Graphics

As part of a recent project, I learned to use Blender, the open-source 3D creation suite. As well as developing a number of data visualisations with world-leading researchers, I have also been developing my skills in 3D modelling to create a range of projects in my spare time.


I am also a keen photographer who has worked professionally at a number of events. I’m currently working on improving my skills and building up a portfolio, though for now, I am treating it as more of a hobby.

For more, check out my various social media pages via linktr.ee/mdsimpson.