Hermine Schnetler

Hermine Schnetler

UK Astronomy Technology Centre

I am a technical leader – I provide the machines that allow UK and European astronomers to do their science.

Hermine is part of the ELT's HARMONI instrument team – HARMONI will be one of the first instruments included on the telescope.

What do you do in your job?

I am a technical leader, responsible for providing instrumentation for UK and European astronomers to do their science. I ensure that the instrumentation we develop is fit for purpose and complies with the user requirements.

How does your role fit in and support the wider team?

I am the conduit between science and the technical team.

If you had to summarise the impact of your job on everyday life – what would you say in two sentences?

I create order out of chaos and ensure that we develop the best instrumentation possible within budget. In addition I am responsible for the quality of the design solution, which drives costs and risks.

What’s the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is the freedom I have to define my own scope of work, to be creative and work with creative and inspiring people.

What did you study at school?

I studied mathematics, science (which included physics and chemistry), computer science, biology, accountancy, English and Afrikaans.

What inspired you into a career in science / engineering?

I loved science and mathematics and because I grew up in South Africa I also wanted to be in a professional profession and in South Africa engineering is highly regarded and at the same level as medical doctors, lawyers etc.

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