Faces of Metallurgy

Interview of Dr. Martina Hanel as start of the interview series "Faces of Metallurgy". 

With the aim of giving young people more insights about the job description and the daily business of a metallurgist, the Department of Metallurgy at the Montanuniversität Leoben started an interview series with well-known people of this profession. The "Faces of Metallurgy" should prevent stereotypes in terms of metallurgy being dirty and dangerous and should act as an inspiration for pupils and students.  

Special thanks to Birgit Hechtl for the interview,
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