Class of 1990 Biographies

Pierre Beaudry

Pierre Beaudry has been active in aeronautics for the past 20 years in Canada and abroad. Pierre holds a degree in law and an MBA from Université Laval. Member of the Québec bar, he also holds an air traffic control and commercial pilot license. In different capacities, Mr. Beaudry was involved in air navigation systems, air traffic management, airline marketing and corporate development, aircraft financing, and air transport economics after having initially served as a technical aid in Transport Canada air traffic operations in the 1970s. Through several international assignments as a senior executive of firms providing technical assistance and consulting services, Pierre has traveled extensively in various parts of the world. He is gradually transiting towards the aerospace sector.

Phillipe Charest

I am a Québec native and in that same city I attended Laval University where I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in aerodynamics. In 1988, I moved to Ontario to obtain a Master of Applied Science degree from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. I have a passion for traveling. I enjoy in my spare time reading, playing squash, and jogging.

Bob S.K. Cheung

I have just completed a Ph.D study in vestibular physiology. My research thesis is on the otolith contribution in human visual-vestibular interaction under named and altered gravitational environments. Part of these studies were conducted during parabolic flights that generate alternating periods of microgravity and hypergravity. Other research interests include motion sickness and spatial disorientation. Extracurricular activities that I enjoy are music (classical guitar in particular), cross-country skiing, and non-competitive sports.

Alain Côté

I was born in Québec City where I graduated in Engineering Physics from Laval University. I pursued my studies at Oxford University where I obtained a Doctorate in Plasma Physics. The subject of my research was the investigation of density fluctuations in a tokamak plasma by laser scattering. My main interests are to find applications for lasers in space exploration and to make ISU friends. I also enjoy stargazing, traveling and playing racket sports.

Gary Wayne Crocker

I was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on November 7, 1965. I spent my elementary school years in southern Ontario and my secondary and undergraduate years in Vancouver. Currently, I am doing a Ph.D at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies Studies in aerospace engineering. My research interests include real-time control of large flexible spacecraft and other control applications using digital electronics. Outside of aerospace, my two greatest interests are my fiancée and duplicate bridge. In the recent past, I also played intermural volleyball and softball.

Richard Desjardins

I was born in Montréal, Canada on September 16, 1965. I now live in the heart of Québec City, the oldest French speaking city in North America. I'm a graduate student in civil engineering at Laval University and I currently work on an expert system for the non-linear analysis of an elastic structure using the finite element method. I've been involved in many computer related projects and I'm best known for my work on the Macintosh computer at Laval University. I like very much to sail and to ski.

Pierre Fortin

This individual was born in beautiful Montréal on 21 June 1960. He graduated from law school in 1982 and was called to the Québec bar the following year. After two years of private practice as a partner in a Montréal law firm, he joined the Canadian Forces as a legal officer. Four years later, he left the service and undertook a Master's degree in air and space law at McGill University in Montréal. His thesis is titled "Artificial Space Debris and International Law" and should be completed by the end of 1990. Other interests include international relations, nature (in all its forms), hockey, and squash.

Otis Maréchaux

I am a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor's of Architecture degree. My thesis was concerned with space architecture, microgravity furniture design, the formal language of design in space and more specifically the design of a space station. My interests and hobbies include industrial design and architecture, carpentry, philosophy and learning new languages.

James Ralph Orlando

Jim Orlando received a B.Eng Management degree in Computer Engineering and Management (1988) and an M.Eng degree in Electrical Engineering (1990), both from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Research conducted for his Master's degree involved signal and neural processing of radar images from sea ice flows in the Canadian Arctic. Summer activities include baseball, running, and biking, and other interests include science fiction novels.

Kamiel S. Rezkallah

I am an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. I obtained my B.Sc degree (with Honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alexandria, Egypt in 1977. During my undergraduate years, I traveled to Switzerland and Germany for summer training programs at industrial companies. After serving in the Egyptian Navy for fifteen months, I returned to the University of Alexandria and completed my M.Sc degree in 1982 in the area of fluid flow in jets. I obtained my Doctorate degree in 1987 from the University of Manitoba in the area of heat transfer in two-phase liquid-gas flows. In the summer of 1987, I joined the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan as an Assistant Professor. Since then, in addition to teaching thermal sciences courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, I have been conducting and supervising research work in the area of microgravity two-phase flow and heat transfer for thermal management aboard the Space Station. This work is conducted under a contract from the Canadian Space Agency's user development program. Also, I am involved in experimental energy-related research towards the optimization of heat recovery systems and heat exchanger performance at cold climates. In addition, I am the faculty advisor for the SAE Air Cargo R/C Model airplanes. Our student entry this year (Maple Leaf II) placed first in the flight and overall competition that was hosted by McDonnell Douglas in California, and set a world record of lifting 10.1 kg of cargo in our 3.75 kg airplane. My interests include music and singing, traveling, camping, and playing outdoor tennis.

Brian H. Rishokof

I graduated in the spring of 1987 from McGill University, in my hometown of Montréal with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and an option in Aeronautics. After a summer apprenticeship in London, England, I proceeded to the University of Michigan where I completed a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in the winter of 1988. I currently work for McDonnell Douglas Space Systems in Houston, Texas in support of NASA's Johnson Space Center (Space Shuttle and lunar/Mars initiative), and attend the University of Houston at Clear Lake part-time studying space science. I enjoy participating as a test subject in NASA experiments simulating various "human in space" situations and volunteer some time to work on the proposed Lunar Prospector mission planned for 1992. I also enjoy all types of sports and traveling as much as possible, hoping one day to make the ultimate journey to space.

Marianna Shepherd

I grew up in Lovech, in northern Bulgaria, a small city in close contact with nature and history. University studies brought me to Sofia for a degree in Geophysics before entering the Central Laboratory for Space Research. Here, I participated in national and international projects and conferences. At one of these I met a Canadian scientist who later became my husband. Now, I'm a graduate student at York University, studying the physics of the aurora.

David B. Stewart

I am currently pursuing a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering, specializing in robotic systems integration. In the past two years I have worked mostly on real-time control architectures and operating systems for robotics. Outside my research, I enjoy various sports including hockey, softball, tennis, swimming, cycling, hiking, and wandering aimlessly. I also enjoy dancing, nightclubs, chess backgammon, comedy shows, movies, live theatre, large outdoor events, and anything new, exciting, and adventurous.

Brigitte Josette Marie Vachon

I joined the Canadian Forces in 1978 as an aeronautical engineer. I graduated from the Royal Military College at Kingston in 1984 with a degree in Engineering Physics. From 1985-88. I worked at the program management office for the CF-18 aircraft where I participated in the development of a software support facility. During the period 1988-89, I earned a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering in the area of parallel processing and robotics. I am presently a military professor at the College Militaire de St. Jean in the Physics Department. This department is currently in the process of starting a new space science degree. I love playing squash and participate in a variety of outdoor activities. I am looking forward to meeting all of you at ISU.