I chose to come to Sheffield because the departments had a really excellent reputation for engineering.

Lisa Hollands
Dr Lisa Hollands
Technical Team Leader for Materials Science & Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering alumna
Lisa studied her masters and PhD at Sheffield and loved it so much she stayed and is now Technical Team Leader for the department of Materials Science & Engineering.

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I’m currently a technical team leader and the group that I look after does a lot to do with materials processing. So that can involve things like melting glass and melting metals; squashing, pulling, grinding and cutting: any of those sorts of things goes with my team.

I've worked both in industry and at the University of Sheffield. Whilst I was working in industry I tended to do consultancy work where we looked at finding out glass making problems, analysing and then coming to a conclusion about what they could do to fix them. I worked with a wide breadth of glass making from flat glass making through to bottles and specialist glass making.


I chose to come to Sheffield because the departments had a really excellent reputation for engineering. When I came and had a look around the department during my open days I was really excited by what they had to offer and whilst I was here I found out that I really loved materials science and stayed here with some excellent supervisors to do both a Masters and a PhD.

Dr Lisa Hollands

Materials Science & Engineering Alumna


Whilst at the University of Sheffield I’ve been looking at incorporating radioactive waste into glasses, which is a great way of dealing with waste all the way through to making bioactive glasses for incorporating into the body.

In the future I see that there are two potential routes for me for the way forward. One of them might be to develop more into teaching or the other might be to develop more into becoming a technical manager for a department.

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