I am currently an OU student, undertaking a BSc (Honours) Natural Sciences degree - aim to focus on geophysics. I have a degree in Astronomy and have worked as an Outreach educator in the subject. By day I am an Electrical Engineer and the father of two amazing children.
I stared distributed computing back in April 1999 as a tester for Seti@Home, I ran that on all my machines until the project closed down at the start of 2020. I went quiet for a while, started runnin Asteroids at home, but the project has tanked, so here I am, running science again.
Your opinions about MilkyWay@home
Why do I run MilkyWay@Home, because it is science for the sake of science, but will tell us a huge amount, not only about our galaxy, but about all galaxies, it will increase our understanding of the forces that keep galaxies as they are, what drives them, and how they evolve over time due to mergers with satellite dwarf galaxies, interact with other major galaxies around them and simply change as their stellar population evolves and changes.
My views of the project are summed up above, my onbly extra caveat would be communication - those processing need to understand the results their efforts are yielding, and regular posts by project scientists would be helpful in keeping users interested. Eric Korpela of Seti@Home was always keeping the community updated and this was a major reason why the project was so successful.