STEM Ambassador Profile
Name: Michael Drinnan
Organisation: Medical Physics Department, Freeman Hospital
Job Title: Head of Physiological Measurement
Area of work or study
Have worked 20 years in broadly the same job - building medical instruments, testing them, and putting them to use in the hospital.
How did you decide to work in your chosen field?
Luck, really. I answered a job advert in New Scientist.
Sciences, then Electronic Engineering.
What attracted you to the STEM Ambassadors scheme?
After quite a bit of outreach for various local schemes that folded, I was recruited to STEM.
What do you like about being a STEM Ambassador?
Entertaining the kids, and hopefully one or two of them are interested as well.
What do you see as the benefits of the STEM Ambassadors scheme?
Hopefully, one or two of the kids will take some inspiration from what they've seen.
STEM Ambassadors activities
Quite a lot over the years, too many to list here.
Talk about my job, do some hands-on demonstrations, or get the kids to do an experiment.
What was the reaction of the young people you worked with?
Generally very good.
What advice would you give to young people wanting to work in your field?
Contact your local department and ask to do something, anything, to get in the door.