ISIS people in the news
21 May 2009



Over the past weeks, people from across ISIS have appeared in magazines and newspapers talking about their work at ISIS and the Second Target Station Project.


Plant engineers

The "extreme plant" operated routinely by ISIS caught the attention of journalist Brian Tinham from Plant Engineer magazine. He got to grips with everything about ISIS with the help of Duncan Couchman, ISIS Ancillary Plant Manager, and Alan Stevens, Head of ISIS Accelerator Operations.

Read more about the water cooling, ventilation, and other systems at work behind the scenes at ISIS. Plant Engineer: page15, page16)

Professional Engineering

Engineers Hanna Fikremarium, Chris Benson and Sean Higgins featured in Professional Engineering, house journal of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering. Hanna worked on the Inter beamline, the first to receive neutrons last August. Chris worked on the £5 million Wish instrument. Both of them found the four year design and build a rewarding challenge and seeing the instruments working was absolutely fantastic. Sean Higgins also adds that the energy and diversity of people at ISIS makes it a very special working environment.

Location and Timing

Timing and controls systems across ISIS were featured in Pinpoint the magazine for the Location and Timing Knowledge Transfer Network. ISIS Controls Group Leader, Bob Mannix met with the journalist Peter Lancaster and explained how the timing signals, the 'heartbeat' of ISIS, are used to trigger equipment to operate. In a strange coincidence, they met in the same room at ISIS that the journalist had worked in 25 years earlier.

Find out more about the ISIS heartbeat on page 14 of Pinpoint

Neutron man grapples with the invisibles

Most recently, ISIS Director, Andrew Taylor has been elevated to superhero status by The Daily Telegraph with a long article in their Public Life section. 'Neutron man' Andrew talks about his career in neutrons and how ISIS has stayed ahead of the world in neutron scattering for the last 20 years, and intends to do so for the next 20 with the addition of the ISIS Second Target Station. "Our research underpins the technologies of tomorrow to deliver benefits to the nation," he says. With the TS2 project completed on time and on budget, he is certain that ISIS will continue to give academics working in polymer science through to high-temperature superconductivity a lead over their competitors.