Hannah Hale

Senior Engineer

Hannah Hale

I am a ‘Magnet Engineer’. I design some very strong superconducting magnets that go inside MRI scanners. MRI stands for Magentic Resonance Imaging: a way for us to take pictures of the inside of our bodies, for finding out about diseases, illnesses, or injuries.

I love this job because it brings together many elements of science like forces and magnetism and requires you to be creative at the same time.

Growing up, I always enjoyed science, but also really enjoyed making things. I think this combination is why I love engineering. I studied Materials Science at University and have been working at Siemens Magnet Technology ever since.

This area of science is quite literally so cool! The electromagnets in MRI scanners are 30,000 times the earth’s magnetic field strength and have to be kept at -269 degrees Celsius: that’s colder than outer space! Amazing, eh!?

Hannah is our Magnets box champion.

I love being a scientist because...

I am curious about the world around me, how and why it works.

The most awesome thing I have done so far is...

Being interviewed live by Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2 about my job.

My heroes are...

I don’t have a single hero, but lots of people in life I admire and find inspirational. They range from the famous historical legends like Marie Curie, sports stars like Paula Radcliffe (running is another passion of mine) to wonderful individuals that have impacted my life like my fantastic Physics teacher Mrs Wieser.

Advice I would give my 7 year old self...

Never be afraid to show your true self and follow your passions and dreams.

At primary school my favourite thing to do was...

Play on this amazing old tree-trunk in the school playing field.

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