A STEMNET resource describing the role of Sean Tapodi who studied Chemistry with Management Studies before doing a Masters degree in Analytic Sciences. Sean is in charge of ensuring that all the samples taken and analysis done on materials produced and discarded by the Sellafield site, conform to the strict regulations involved with nuclear reprocessing and decommissioning.
“You can imagine how serious the consequences would be if we didn’t do our job properly”, says Sean. “Everything that Sellafield produces, from the fuel we sell to the waste we dispose of, has to meet very strict specifications.”
Sean has been a STEM Ambassador for five years. He says: “I want young people to be as interested in science as I was at their age. It’s great to see the students’ faces light up when they see something go bang or start fizzing as if from nothing! Science is fascinating and we need them to realise that at a young age.”
Sean is pictured on the Sellafield site.
Photograph by Richard Cannon and provided by STEMNET.
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