Staff Spotlight – Solene Hegarty-Cremer

This month we get to know Solene Hegarty-Cremer. Solene was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and moved to Australia with her family when she was ten. She's been a part of the simulation team at Polymathian for more than a year now.

Let’s get to know Solene.

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • I was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I moved to Australia with my family when I was ten years old. I always loved maths, so I decided on mathematics when choosing my major at Uni. In my first year, I took a computer science course that introduced me to coding, which I ended up loving. So for the rest of my Uni career, I chose coding and simulation classes for my electives whenever possible.

    After finishing my undergrad degree, I went to work for Boeing, where I decided I wasn’t ready to close the book on my academic career, so I chose to go back to get my Master’s in Philosophy – Applied Mathematics. My area of study for my thesis used simulation to create a model of how bones regenerate. I loved working at the intersection of maths and science.

  • How did you hear about Polymathian?
  • I went to uni with Rob Lucas, who shared the types of complex problems Polymathian solves using mathematics and simulation. It sounded like an excellent fit for me.

  • Tell us what you do at Polymathian.
  • I consult with our customers to gain an understanding of their business problem and their system's processes and translate them into a simulation model. A big part of developing a simulation model is linking all process steps together to create a big picture of how all the steps interact. Simulation is similar to running a scientific experiment. You have to run the model, or experiment, and then evaluate the outcomes, which involves running multiple scenarios and then comparing the results to historical data to establish the model’s validity.

  • Describe your job to a child.
  • I use maths to solve complicated problems.

  • Do you have any advice for young people starting their careers?
  • Don’t get stressed about the choices you make! Put more emphasis on your passions instead of what school to attend or what your major should be.

  • What do you like to do when you're not working?
  • I enjoy spending time outdoors. I also spent time creating art, especially printmaking. I discovered a love for the lino carving technique: taking linoleum tiles and carving designs into them. I like that I can make something from the carving, like a card or print, to give as a gift but still retain the original piece of artwork (the carving).

  • Do you have a specialist subject outside of work?
  • Art processes – I went to art school, where I learned a lot about printing processes, jewellery making and working with metal.

Solene's featured artwork

You're really talented, Solene. The baby chics are my favorite, but all your works of art showcase your aptitude for each of the mediums you choose.

  • What was the last app you downloaded?
  • Eat Club - an app that lets you know where to find good deals at local restaurants.

  • If you had to be an inanimate object, what would you choose and why?
  • Tough question. I think I’d choose to be windchimes because you get to hang out outside and make people feel relaxed with your chill sounds.

  • What is one thing you cannot live without?
  • Cooking. I love cooking. When I travel, I can’t wait to get home and cook my own food.

  • If you are hosting special guests for dinner, what are you serving them?
  • It depends on the time of year. I’d make a veggie moussaka in winter, which is the perfect comfort food. In summer, I’d serve vegan tacos with homemade corn tortillas.

  • After returning home from a holiday, how long does it take you to unpack your suitcase?
  • I'm not great about it, but usually within the week.

You're not alone, Solene. The internet has thoughts on this topic.

  • Ever met someone famous?
  • Nope.

  • Pick a song that perfectly describes you.
  • I love the song Go Do by Jonsi

Have a listen. Go Do by Jonsi

  • Is there a trend in simulation that you are seeing at the moment?
  • One big trend is the application of simulation in the decarbonisation process. Simulation is the ideal way to test the electrification of different mine assets because it allows you to evaluate various performance parameters, such as charging times, routes to charging stations, and battery sizes, to assess their effects. Simulation is perfect for understanding how to gain efficiencies and reduce waste without risk.

Thanks for taking a moment to get to know, Solene. If you'd like to learn more about how simulation can support your company's journey to net zero, you can connect with Solene on LinkedIn

About the interviewer

Tami Pizani is a member of the Polymathian marketing team and has made it her mission to shine a spotlight on the employees behind Polymathian's success. Tami loves a great underdog story, discovering commonalities when meeting someone new, and a healthy debate over the use of the Oxford comma. You can connect with Tami on LinkedIn.

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