2005 CFISU Scholarship Recipients

Ryan David Alkins

Ryan Alkins completed his B.Sc. (Honours) - Physics in 2003 at the University of British Columbia, where he is now pursuing a degree in Medicine, with a view to specialization in neurosurgery. He aspires to a career designing "smart" medical systems for diagnosis and treatment during extended space missions. His undergraduate research led him to work at the BC Cancer Agency on improving high resolution radiation therapy modalities and associated treatment planning software. Ryan's results at the Agency surpassed the expectations of his supervisors, drawing attention to his excellent analytical abilities. Ryan's current research interests are in phase applications in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and in Chemical Shift Imaging. During his residency, he plans to work toward a PhD in Physics. As a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Ryan pursed his dreams of aviation and space exploration, earning his glider and private pilot wings. During the summer months, he imparts his knowledge as a Glider Instructor Pilot/Instructor Check Pilot at CFB Comox, where he teaches flying and theory to cadets on the gliding scholarship course. He also upgrades training, recurrency and proficiency training of licensed pilots and other instructors. Ryan's lifelong passion for the physical sciences, medicine and flight has naturally directed him to explore a career in the space industry. In 1998, he attended the assembly of the World Academy of Art and Science on globalization, thriving in an atmosphere of multidisciplinary and multicultural teamwork. He now looks forward to the ISU Summer Session as a superb opportunity to focus and refine his career objectives, while networking and sharing with mentors and colleagues alike.

Liliana Barrios

Born and raised in Mexico City, Liliana attended Simon Fraser University in Canada and Flinders University of South Australia for her undergraduate studies. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Physics, in 2000. Although she diverged from Astronomy, her original career choice, she did pursue her space aspirations at MDA Space Missions, as part of the International Space Station project team for the development of the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) portion of the Operations and Control Software of the Canadian Mobile Servicing System. Over the next few years, Liliana's interests evolved toward medical applications, and she currently works on the RapidEye Project, maintaining system and subsystem level requirement traceability and verification, and authoring various subsystem Interface Definition Documents, including 'Spacecraft to Ground' and Receiving Station to Ground. Liliana's other major interest is paddling, and she trains competitively in its various disciplines such as Sprint, Kayak, Outrigger and Dragonboat. She competed at the World Dragonboat Championships in Philadelphia in 2001 and at the Molokai Channel Outrigger crossing in 2004. Her curiosity for Space and Water is equally matched by her curiosity in people and cultures.

Katia Nicole Belley

Having discovered her passion for space science while taking a course in astronomy and astrophysics, Katia Belley went on to obtain a Bachelor of Computer Engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke, where she is now pursuing her Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering. Her area of specialization is LIDAR image processing, and her current research project consists of creating artificial intelligence software to detect a secure landing site in real time for the autonomous landing of a probe on Mars. Katia's experience includes an internship in the Robotic Engineering Department of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), where she worked on a software module that saves and processes the internal terrain representation, essentially the vision system, of a prototype rover designed to explore Mars. She has given conferences and hosted observation nights, as a scientific guide at the Astrolab, Mount Megantic Observatory. In her spare time, she works as a member of the organizing committee for the 2005 Student Aerospace Forum and volunteers for the Mira Foundation for people with visual and other disabilities. Katia's musical interests have led her to perform in concert with two classical guitar groups with whom she has released a compact disc. Her peers easily recognize her highly organized, hard working nature and social skills. Katia's mentors affirm that hers is indeed a passion for space exploration and not merely an 'interest', with great potential for a significant contribution to the field. The awards, medals and scholarships she has earned through her efforts verify her drive and ability. Through the SSP, Katia expects to learn more about current legal, business and management practices in the space industry, while sharing her zeal and knowledge with the team of participants.

James Doran

James (Jamie) Doran is a doctoral candidate at the University of Guelph, studying aspects of the photosynthesis and flavour chemistry of Alliums (leeks) grown in controlled environments. His research is part of a larger initiative at the University to develop the science of biological life-support and controlled environment crop production, in anticipation of long-term space missions that will require biological sciences and technologies to supply food and fresh oxygen to space pioneers. He is also a Biofiltration Technologist working for Air Quality Solutions Ltd. installing the world’s largest biofilter at Guelph Humber College in Toronto. His work demonstrates the beneficial terrestrial applications of these technologies. Jamie’s undergraduate project led to several publications; he currently has a paper in press, with two more submitted. Incorporating his experiences as a high school science teacher and skills as a research scientist, he has gained recognition for his ability to present data in an informative, entertaining and professional manner. Jamie has twice been honoured with the Best Paper Award at large scientific meetings. His talents as an artist and draftsman allow him to communicate complex scientific conceptualizations as sketches or plans. James Doran is well-liked by his fellow students and peers, who along with his mentors, praise the unique approach, philosophical perspective, musical talents and excellent sense of humour which he will share with the international contingent of space enthusiasts at SSP 2004.

Natalie Hirsch

Natalie Hirsch joined the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) in 1996 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. As a project officer for the Operational Space Medicine Group at the Canadian Astronaut Office, Natalie is involved in exercise and nutrition activities and represents the CSA on International Space Station working groups in these areas. In addition, Natalie is responsible for educational and outreach initiatives in space medicine including coordinating an elective program for medical students and residents and managing the documentation of Canadian involvement in the development of space medicine. Previously, Natalie has worked as a research assistant studying decompression sickness during spacewalks and the effects of noise on performance, as a quality assurance officer for space science payloads and as an editor of a technical report on an international short duration space mission simulation. Natalie is looking forward to contributing her experience in the Canadian space program to the Summer Session Program, while broadening her understanding of space-related disciplines in an international forum.

Jasmin Bourdon

Following his graduation from École Polytechnique in Montreal in Mechanical Engineering Space technology, Jasmin Bourdon embarked on his quest for space-related experience. While working in the aerospace industry, gaining knowledge in design, testing, R&D, dynamics analysis, manufacturing and project management, he completed his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1995. He is particularly interested in Astronomy and International Business and Management. Jasmin joined the CSA team in 1998, and is currently a project engineer involved in all aspects of risk management and in the implementation better project management practices throughout the Agency. He also liaises with international partners and subcontractors and routinely travels to visit international space agencies. In 2002, he obtained his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He aspires to becoming Program Lead, Space Astronomy. Jasmin pursues continuous improvement through ongoing studies and participates in industrial visits. As VP of Public Relations, he helped set up CSA's Toastmasters International Club, and founded their first astronomy club which now ranks in the top five such clubs in Quebec. Jasmin has given numerous presentations on the subject of astronomy, at teachers' Conferences, "Les Innovateurs", Mt-Mégantic, "Tremblant under the Stars", and at various clubs. Driven by challenges and diversity, Jasmin is a peopleoriented person who cheerfully encourages those around him to focus on their dreams, and to adopt the idea that success is proportional to attitude. His peers and employers appreciate his vision, positive thinking and leadership skills. Jasmin looks forward to contributing his industry insights to the SSP, while broadening his understanding of space-related disciplines in its international forum

Claudine Bui

Claudine Bui is a software programmer in the Synthetic Tactical Environment Simulation department of CAE, in Saint-Laurent, Québec. Since 2002, she has been involved in the design and development of the system functionality for both tactical vehicles and weapons, providing a virtual environment of friendly and hostile forces to interact with simulated aircraft. Her responsibilities include using enhanced dynamics models to copy real world aerodynamics performances of computer generated forces and pre-programmed manoeuvres for tactical vehicles. For tactical weapons, she provides ballistic equations for simulated weapons, and tunes their performance through validation checks. Ms Bui obtained her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and Master's of Aerospace Engineering degrees at École Polytechnique de Montréal. Throughout her studies, she was captivated by space-related subjects, with which she rounded out her understanding of the aerospace domain. Her talent for diagnosing and resolving problems was honed while working on team projects. Claudine is a sociable and dynamic individual who strives to create an environment favourable to the development of new ideas, while building on the experience of team members. Professionally, superiors and colleagues alike praise her dedication and her adaptability to new environments, either working autonomously or in a team. In the UK, while working on an "Air to Air Refuelling" research assignment, Claudine distinguished herself through her perseverance, sense of humour and collaborative attitude. She looks forward to the interdisciplinary challenged presented by the SSP 2005 and aspires to a career of contribution to the development of aerospace industry technologies.

Vicky Chouinard

Vicky Chouinard, a Legal Associate at DESJARDINS DUCHARME STEIN MONAST in Montreal, is also a graduate student in law at the Institute of Air and Space Law (IASL) of McGill University, where she is currently completing her Master's thesis on the subject of remote sensing by satellites (Earth Observation Systems). In particular, she is addressing the issue of privatization and commercialization of these systems, and analyzing the policies and regulations within the existing international legal framework. Ms. Chouinard, fluent in four languages, obtained her Bachelor in Law (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa, in 2000. She has travelled extensively, working in Rome, Italy, as an articling student and as a Legal Associate for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, and as a Legal Research Assistant with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania. Vicky has garnered many awards and scholarships, including the Robert E. Morrow and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Scholarships, and continues to promote space-related subjects to students on and beyond the campus. She is an active participant in various space-related workshops, and serves on the executive committee of McGill's Association for the Development of Aerospace Medicine as Vice-Chair of External Affairs. Her strong sense of social responsibility, sensitivity and empathy is recognized by her colleagues, who also praise her open-mindedness and leadership abilities. As a representative of the Canadian space industry at SSP '05, Vicky looks forward to the opportunity to produce courageous and visionary proposals to develop space, and to expand her international network of friends, and to share her knowledge of space laws and policies. From her childhood "space games" with her mother, a primary school teacher, to her admiration for the "Field Trip Teacher" Christa McAuliffe, first teacher and civilian in space, Vicky's obsession with space has grown into a lifelong passion. She has dedicated her career to understanding and resolving space-related issues, and the possibility of aligning herself with the stars in her life, as the first "Field Trip Lawyer" in space!

Perry Martin Edmundson

Perry graduated with High Distinction from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario in 1996 with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree, specializing in Aerospace Structures and Vehicle Design. Upon graduation, he joined COM DEV as a mechanical engineer doing structural and thermal design of satellite multiplexers. Since 1999, as Manager of Design Automation, Perry leads a small, specialized group responsible for administration, maintenance and automation of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, and design procedures and practices. Inspired by the first U.S. space shuttle mission in 1981, this avid space enthusiast has always dreamed of becoming an astronaut. The highlight of his university experience was his fourth-year project, as a member of a multidisciplinary design team that produced a conceptual design for a small satellite named "SILA", an Inuit name for "sky". Its mission was to carry an instrument for measuring ozone concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere. Perry keenly honed his teamwork skills and knowledge of mission logistics, interfaces, design, deployment, communications and power generation. A dynamic individual who thrives on challenge, Perry is recognized by his peers, including an ISU alumnus, as a well-rounded professional who will bring valuable insights to the SSP '05. His superiors laud his mechanical engineering skills for equipment modelling and design. Perry believes in the importance of Canada's continued role in the exploration and development of space, and that our world already enjoys great benefits resulting therefrom. He sees great potential in Canada's unique opportunity as host of this year's Summer Session Program, in terms of showcasing our talents and abilities in the space industry, and in supporting the spirit of international cooperation fostered by the ISU.

Andreas D. Flouris

Andreas Flouris is currently a Manager in the Environmental Ergonomics Laboratory of the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He completed his undergraduate degree (BSc Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology) at the University of Thessaly in Greece, following which he travelled to England where, in 2002, he obtained his Master of Science degree in Applied Physiology at the University of Wolverhampton. He then moved to Ontario to pursue a second Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Brock University, which he completed in 2004. His unquenchable thirst for understanding the phenomena of nature then led him to Halifax, Nova Scotia, where Andreas initiated his doctoral studies at Dalhousie University, focusing on Environmental Physiology. He has received several awards and scholarships for academic excellence and outstanding contribution to research. His main interests include human thermoregulatory, cardiovascular and cognitive responses in space and other extreme environments, computerized modelling and simulation for the development and optimization of life system technologies, and biostatistics in physiological and epidemiological research. He works to enhance the health and safety of astronauts, with the primary objective being the improvement of monitoring and maintenance of human thermoregulatory, neural, and cognitive responses in the cold environment of space. A secondary objective is the optimization of life system technologies for space exposures using computerized modelling and simulation. Andreas has presented 45 papers of his work in International and World Congresses held in more than 10 countries, and has written or co-authored 15 papers and 21 abstracts in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, among others. His mentors unreservedly commend his innovative abilities in research, his analytical adroitness, and his easy manner with colleagues, students and faculty alike. Andreas' impressive scientific background and skills in communication and team cohesion, coupled with his extensive experience in preparing and presenting written, oral and illustrative work will be of great benefit to all participants in this Summer Session Program, where he hopes to enhance his knowledge of all space-related disciplines. His dream is to foster the creation of knowledge and expertise through large-scale multidisciplinary research projects and collaboration between university- and industry-based researchers.

Daniel M. Fudge

In the Mechanical Engineering Department of MDA Space Missions, Daniel works on the development and delivery of the Inspection Boom Assembly (IBA) for the Space Shuttle Return to Flight Program. He is a Junior Member of Technical Staff in charge of procuring flight material and parts, conducting mechanical and manufacturing design and analysis of space hardware. Pursuing his lifelong fascination for space exploration and related sciences, Daniel obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2001, and moved to Montreal to work at CAE in developing flight models for military aircraft simulators at RN and RAF bases in the UK, and participating in flight systems R&D projects. Having gained important industrial experience, he returned to the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 2002 to obtain his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering with a specialization in Computational Fluid Dynamics. Back at CAE as a Flight Systems Specialist, Daniel generated full mission simulator flight models for the Royal Singapore Air Force and designed mission features for the Royal Air Force of Oman Mission Simulator. Daniel thrives in a team environment, focusing a high level of commitment to project goals and objectives and adapting rapidly to new situations. He can be counted on to lead difficult work around design issues. In his personal life, he is an avid team sportsman and motorcycle enthusiast, with a penchant for science fiction and political history. He looks forward to the curricular challenge of this year's session as an opportunity to enhance his understanding of the multidisciplinary and multicultural nature of the space industry. In return, he plans to contribute his strong technical and theoretical background to the collage of student experiences at the SSP.

Jean-Francois Hamel

Jean-François obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Aeronautics in 2003 from Université de Sherbrooke, where he has also recently completed his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. His research topic, "Aerocapture around Mars", focused on the development of autonomous guidance and control algorithms, resulted in two improvements to the techniques used for aerocapture, a process by which the atmosphere of Mars is used to slow down the incoming velocity of a space vehicle to reduce the required propellant mass. He won the NSERC Canada graduate scholarship, is a FQRNT M.Sc. scholarship award holder, and has won the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement. His work experience includes organizing an International Council on Systems Engineering conference in 2002, conducting tests on systems engineering tools throughout the Canadian aerospace industry and supporting a review for Canadian Mars mission designs for the Canadian Space Agency. At CETIM, in France, Jean-François performed data acquisition and analysis and produced reports on beamforming, acoustic transparency and vibration. For GAUS, at the Université de Sherbrooke, he developed centralized/decentralized active control algorithms, implemented them on 'dSPACE', a real-time control system and built the experimental setup to perform their validation. Jean-François' motto, 'Work hard, play hard', is demonstrated on business and personal levels. He is the Space-related activities coordinator for the Student Aerospace Forum Organizing Committee, has served as Vice-President for External Affairs of Faculty Student Association, is a classical guitarist, pianist and sports aficionado. He is recognized by mentors and peers alike for his warm personality, creativity and intellectual curiosity, and for the ease with which he adapts to multicultural environments. At the SSP, he looks forward to absorbing knowledge of the administrative and medical facets of the space industry, while sharing his own unique talents.

Steven James Hurlbut

Captain Hurlbut is a Senior Lecturer in the Physics Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, teaching elementary physics, physics laboratories, spacecraft mission design, remote sensing and modern physics. Steven joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1993 as an Air Navigator. In 1997, after finishing his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Space Sciences from Royal Roads Military College and the Royal Military College of Canada, he attended the Air Navigation School in Winnipeg. He received his first posting in 1998 to 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron in Comox BC, flying on the CP-140 Aurora aircraft, where he participated in and planned multiple missions, and briefed crew on topics of submarine detection and warfare, communications, and tactics. He analyzed acoustic information on submarines to detect and track various targets and conducted and archived information on post mission analysis of submarine signatures. He was second in charge during a large ocean surveillance mission conducted from the Aleutian Islands. Following his three-year tour on squadron, he returned to the Royal Military College as a graduate student, and completed his Master's degree in Space Operations specializing in aircraft non-destructive testing, following which he became a full-time member of the Physics Department faculty at RMC. Captain Hurlbut has a strong interest in international and intercultural relations and enjoys working with people from different cultures and languages who share a common interest in space-related fields. He aspires to be part of the Canadian Astronaut Program, and in the longer-term, to becoming a faculty member in the ISU program. Steven is a focused individual whose excellent analysis and synthesis abilities are invaluable to a team environment. His teaching abilities and organizational skills have won him the respect of his students. He views his attendance at the SSP not only as a means to fulfill his personal and professional goals, but as a learning tool to help his students benefit more fully from their studies, and as an opportunity to represent his country as an alumni of a respected institution.

Aaron Kennedy

Aaron is a Young Graduate Trainee with the European Space Agency (ESA), currently developing software in support of the new control system hardware for the HYDRA satellite shaker facility in the TEST Section at ESTEC in Noordwijk, Netherlands. Born to Canadian parents in Lahr, Germany, Aaron spent his youth in British Columbia where, in 2002, he completed a five-year intensive Master's/Bachelor program in micro electrical-mechanical systems (MEMS) engineering at the University of British Columbia. The MEMS program is highly competitive, graduating an average of eight candidates from the 10 students who are accepted each year. For his Master's thesis, Aaron created a method to pulse high-power electron beam welding machines at high speed, managing to increase the pulsing rate by 150 times. Upon graduation he joined PAVAC Technology, a high-tech welding system company in Richmond BC, to work on groundbreaking MEMS technology involving electron-beam welding, and the isolated fiber optic communication and beam deflection system. He led the team of student engineers charged with developing the electrical system of the welding machine, working with very high-voltage systems, precision electron beam control and 5-axis motion control. Not only is Aaron described as a well-motivated, diligent team player with excellent knowledge of a very specialized field, he is also acknowledged for his caring personality. This is supported by his choice of volunteering activities, such as visiting schools and creating skits on fire safety with the Children's Burn Awareness group, participating in the Easter Seals Regatta fundraiser and, as a team member on the Wheelchair Brake Project, designing a dynamic breaking system for wheelchair users. Aaron's insights on the integration of automated electromechanical systems typical for many spacecraft, paired with his personable, witty nature and willingness to share with his fellow students should contribute significantly to the success of the SSP 2005.

Alex Macdonald

Alex MacDonald, a teaching assistant at the University of British Columbia, is completing his Master's degree in Economics. In particular, he is studying advanced microeconomic theory, advanced macroeconomic theory, advanced econometrics and international finance. He obtained his Bachelor's degree (Honours with Distinction) in Economics from Queen's University in 2004, with a focus on Economic History. Throughout his studies Alex has received several awards and distinctions, including most recently, the Green Graduate Scholar award for his commitment to interdisciplinary studies and the CGS Master's Fellowship federal research award. Alex is truly a pioneer. He envisions that, much as the Mariner probe allowed the creation the planetary geologist, SpaceShipOne signals the need for a new type of economist. He discerns, in the Cassini-Huygens mission for example, newly apparent investment opportunities in private space flight to increase interest not only in the space tourism industry, but in ambitious space programs leading, potentially, to the colonizing of other worlds. He dreams of blazing the trail for other economists in the study of running and financing such colonies, the regulation and promotion of space tourism and, in general, how to balance public and private interests in further space exploration. He sees an important role for Canada in this new field that touches on all aspects of the space industry, as scientific, social and environmental leaders. Space economists are here! This well-travelled, multilingual individual has lived and studied in Belgium, England, Argentina and visited over 50 countries on six continents, proof of his view that it is imperative not only to study other cultures but to study with people of other cultures. He has proven leadership experience as a moderator, as speaker for his student government assembly, and as editor-in-chief for a weekly campus newspaper with a staff of 40. Alex looks forward to bringing his viewpoints on how to measure the economic value of the space technologies that have, and will continue, to change our societies and our economies.

Peyman Rahnama

Peyman Rahnama is a PhD candidate at the Department of Earth and Space Science of York University, whose research is related to the Stratospheric Wind Interferometer for Transport Studies (SWIFT) project, a future Canadian satellite instrument scheduled for launch on a Canadian small satellite in 2009. Before immigrating to Canada in 1997, Peyman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics from Tehran University. He then moved on to York University in Toronto to complete his Master's degree in Space Science, where he also works as a Physics Laboratory Demonstrator, Math and Natural Sciences Tutor, and occasional Lecturer for Math courses. For five years, his role in the international SWIFT project, designed to measure stratospheric winds and various atmospheric markers, has been to research instrument simulations, mission simulation, data processing and error analyses used to assess and test the performance of its data reduction algorithms. The software package that Peyman has designed is being used for mission planning in Canada and in Europe, with a view to developing a Geophysical Data Retrieval system. He is now involved in SWIFT's "Phase B" research, and the resulting software packages will be integrated and serve as the operational package for this important instrument. Peyman has presented his work at various space conferences around the world, and has interacted with all levels of engineers and scientists in the course of his research. He is recognized by his mentors and colleagues as an extremely detailed thinker, an individual of outstanding analytical skills upon whose work results they rely to advance their project. Through the SSP, he hopes to enhance his understanding of space science and of other space projects, and to increase the space community's awareness of the SWIFT project, while adding to the wealth of experience that he so enjoys sharing with his students.

Jessica Scott

Jessica has recently completed her Master's degree in Kinesiology with her thesis investigating the phenomenon of orthostatic intolerance, a condition commonly observed after exposure to microgravity. Jessica holds multiple Bachelor's of Science degrees, in Physiology from Red Deer College (1999), in Exercise Science from the University of British Columbia (2001), and in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta (2003). Jessica's professors enthusiastically encourage her plans to continue in a PhD program, where she will continue to examine the consequences of space flight and microgravity on cardiac function. Her personal and academic interests were linked early on. As a child she was fascinated by the concept of space and its infinite dimensions, and later, her keen involvement in various athletic activities made her curious about how the human body would respond, "not only to climbing Mount Everest, but also to climbing the metaphorical 'space mountain'". Her interest in the physiological consequences of space travel became more focused as she concentrated on her undergraduate studies and beyond. Jessica's mentors describe her knowledge of the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular responses to gravitational stress as comparable to that of many doctoral and postdoctoral trainees. They praise the extraordinary research skills that have led to her developing the first lower body negative chamber and self-generating lower body negative device in Western Canada, a device used to perform incremental exercise in both positive and negative pressure environments. She is acknowledged as an innovative thinker, a compassionate and positive team player by her study participants, patients and coworkers alike. As a competitive triathlete and certified swimming coach Jessica benefits from the discipline and knowledge that comes from pushing the body's physical limits. Her volunteer work as President of the UBC Triathlon Club involves organizing triathlons and duathlons and weekly events, and as a Fitness Consultant for the Vancouver's Children's Hospital, she is involved in creating new strategies for physical activity in the children's psychiatric department. Through her efforts with individuals of all ages and abilities, and her work experience as a Teaching and Research Assistant, Jessica has honed her leadership, communication and teamwork skills. She now looks forward to sharing her talents with the SSP team, and the opportunity to gain new perspectives on the world's space activities while exploring the wide range of occupations in the space program.