Unrestricted by gender stereotypes that ruled the nuclear industry in the past, women today are working as nuclear engineers, project managers, inspectors, chemists, physicists, environmentalists and management members. We got a wonderful opportunity to talk to one of the representatives of women in the industry – Amanda Mbhele, a representative for South Africa in the Women in Nuclear Global Young Generation and a scientist at South African Nuclear Energy Corporation.
Amanda Mbhele was introduced to nuclear energy and nuclear applications during her undergraduate studies in Geochemistry and Geo-hydrology class. There, the studies involved using travel times of radioactive isotopes to calculate and analyse groundwater systems and their age. She got fascinated with it and started reading up about it extensively on her own. At that time she had no clue that after graduation she would purely by chance land herself an internship at the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (NECSA) and this information she had read up on would become so relevant & necessary. Since then, she was intrigued and glued to the nuclear field.