Dr Susanne Klein, senior research scientist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Diploma in physics and PhD in medical physics, both from University of Saarland, Germany
Why did you first choose to study physics?
I did not want to do art or literature, which my parents had in mind for me – but I have always been the black sheep in the family.
What does your current work entail?
I am doing basic research into optical cryptography. I am supervising PhD students and apprentices. I am publishing scientific papers and present at scientific conferences. I am involved in customer events as well.
What did you do previously?
I was first a Telekom research fellow at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, then a Royal Society research assistant at the University of Bristol, and then I ended up in HP Labs in Bristol.
What does being a fellow of the Institute of Physics mean to you?
I am very proud of being a fellow of the Institute of Physics. In industry, receiving a fellowship is very important – it shows the employer that you have impact on the field you are working in.
What other involvement do you have with the Institute’s activities?
I am a member of the Juno committee and the Diversity and Inclusion committee. I am passionate about attracting more women to, and keeping more women in, physics.