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Thursday, April 18, 2024
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Hannah Henze

Hannah Henze

Operations Supervisor, Ameren Callaway Energy Center; Hazardous Material Specialist, Missouri Task Force 1; and Instructor and Wellness Coach, Wilson’s Fitness

Working in a male-dominated industry, Hannah is all too familiar with overcoming diversity. 

“I’m thrilled to have been the first woman to ever obtain a reactor operator license through the NRC at MURR in more than 50 years of operation,” Hannah says. “Then I went above and beyond to obtain a senior reactor operator license with the NRC. Working in a male-dominated field has its challenges, but I’m hopeful that my efforts to work in the field help to encourage other women to go into nuclear science. It’s incredibly fascinating, and provides many challenges and great accomplishments.”

Hannah says that her guiding principles are altruistic in nature.

“I want to help all living beings and my values are based on the concept of causing the least amount of harm. This helps me be conscious of my existence in life; I try to always be kind, and help when I can,” she says. “My values translate into my work life as well as my home life which can easily be observed by my involvement in emergency management, becoming an EMT, and volunteering to foster cats and kittens.”

Hannah’s hard work ethic and dedication do not go unnoticed by those around her.

“Words cannot describe this woman. In her professional life, she is a glass-breaking, barrier shattering force to be reckoned with. She is the kind of person you inspire to be,” says Bryan Hackett. “A woman of her character is the strongest force on earth, and she moves mountains to be the best version of herself for those around her.”

When talking about her mentors, Hannah thinks back to the fifth grade.

“One of the first mentors I can remember is my fifth grade science teacher, Mrs. McMahill. She really shaped my view of science and provided visual learning opportunities that were fun and captivating. Her science class alone is a huge reason that I decided to pursue studies in science as a thirst for information in my mind was opened that craved knowledge,” says Hannah.  Hannah credits her family and close friends for their support in getting her to where she is today, but also looks within.

“Additionally, I give myself some credit for being a tough, stubborn Missouri girl that will not back down from a challenge,” she adds.


Age: 32

Annoying habit: One habit that I have that tends to cause people distress is to plan things almost completely but leave out some transportation considerations and then we’re left winging it. I fly by the seat of my pants.

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