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Hannah Rana

Hannah Rana MEng

Amelia Earhart Fellow

DPhil Researcher


Hannah Rana is a DPhil candidate and Amelia Earhart Fellow in cryogenics, where her research focuses on developing Stirling pulse tube cryocoolers for space science missions, in collaboration with Honeywell Aerospace. She also serves as President of the Oxford Space and Astronomy Society.

Hannah previously worked at the European Space Agency in spacecraft thermal control and at CERN on the development of superconducting RF accelerating cavities for particle colliders.

At the moment, her main research areas of interest includes cryogenics, astrophysics instrumentation, thermodynamics, and mathematical modelling.

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Research Interests

  • cryogenics
  • astrophysics instrumentation
  • thermodynamics
  • mathematical modelling

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Awards & Prizes

  • THK Frederking Student Scholarship, awarded by NASA and CSA to 2 outstanding students internationally in the field of cryogenics and superconductivity, July 2019.
  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship, awarded to leading female doctoral researchers internationally in the field of aerospace science and engineering, April 2019.

  • Wilbe Science Founder Fellowship, June-August 2021.
  • Global Leadership Initiative, Oxford Character Project, October 2019-July 2020.
  • Young Scientist at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Physics, July 2019.
  • United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs COPUOS delegate, December 2018 - present.