|2006 CFISU Scholarship Recipients
Throughout her academic career, Szandra has focused her studies on international
policy and law. At present she is pursuing a BSc degree in Civil and Common Law at
McGill University and expects to complete these studies in early 2007. She has a BSc
(Honours International Business and German) and a MSc (International Affairs &
Trade Policy) both from Carleton University. At McGill, she has been particularly
interested in courses offered by the Institute for Air & Space Law (IASL) and has written
two senior research papers on the topics of exploration and exploitation of natural
resources on the moon, with special consideration to the conundrum of private
property rights in outer space. Also, she has explored the issue of outer space’s
sustainable development in light of the growth of space debris. At this time, she is
completing a proposal for a new model for Canada’s space policy and law for the 21st
century. She has attended the annual conferences of the American Bar Association and other
special seminars on space studies. Her dedication to this field is further
demonstrated by her current undertakings with IASL for McGill’s upcoming
conference on air & space law, and her involvement as Editor-in-chief of the McGill
International Journal of Sustainable Development Law & Policy. She does marathon training, hikes, plays
squash, paints in oils and acrylics, and loves to travel and read.
Eric received his MSc Space System Engineering degree in 2005 from the
University of Toronto Institute of Aerospace Studies and a BSc in
Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University. His masters thesis involved systems
engineering, software and testing for a real nanosatellite mission with diverse
science and engineering objectives, including using miniaturized
components for improved performance and cost. In his undergraduate years, he
represented Carleton University in the European Space Agency Aurora Student
Design Competition. Their project was titled Mars Airborne Propelled Land
Explorer (MAPLE) and the team produced very impressive work.
Among his teachers and fellow students, Eric has a reputation of having a strong
work ethic, of being industrious, with attention to details. He is fluent in
English and French, with some Spanish. He has worked as a volunteer with
Scouts Canada and with Engineers Without Borders.
Natalie Dupuis has a Bachelor’s degree within Neuroscience, from Laurentian
University and a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ottawa.
Currently she is at the mid point in her post doctorate studies in anesthesiology,
also at Ottawa, and is a Chief Resident of the Northern Anesthesiology Training
Program. Natalie has a good deal of experience in program-based learning and is
recognized by her peers as an excellent team player with the ability to lead and
to communicate effectively in French and English. It has been identified by experts in space
medicine that significant difficulties must be overcome before any aspect of
medical care can be delivered safely in space and that anesthesiologists have
much to contribute. It is her goal to apply herself toward overcoming these
difficulties. She will return to Ottawa with a new capacity to offer her
department insight within the field of space medicine in pursuit of increasing
staff and resident education and research.
Bruce received his BSc Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill
University. Bruce lives in Vancouver where he works with MacDonald Dettwiler
(MDA). He is a Systems Software Engineer with major responsibilities in
analysis, design, verification and review of satellite and payload control systems.
Prior to MDA, he worked with TRW Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, as a
Software Engineer with responsibilities in analysis and design of tactical
command and communications systems. Earlier, he was with Unisys (now
Lockheed Martin) in design, validation and field support of distributed naval
B.Entus – continued command and control system (Canadian
Frigate Program). He also worked with Alenia Spazio in Rome and Taranto.
He feels that much of his experience tends to manifest as a somewhat abstract
internal view of the spacecraft, robot, or payload, and he wants to develop a more
comprehensive understanding of how other facets of the system are designed
and implemented, how they are used, and what else people do, or might want
to do, in Space. Off-the-job he enjoys photography, cinema, diving and music.
Marie-France holds a Masters in History and a Certificate in Law from Université
Laval. She has also studied Business Management at McGill University.
She started her career as an archeologist with Parks Canada and went on to work
in fields related to Heritage: historical sites, museums and archives. She was
Director of Communications at the National Archives of Canada before
leaving for Europe (London and Brussels) where she spent seven years
working at the international level. Upon her return in 2002, she was
appointed Deputy Director of Communications and Public Affairs at
the Canadian Space Agency. Her main expertise rests with management, communications, public
affairs and outreach/education.
At present, Natalie is pursuing a MSc in Aerospace Engineering at University of
Toronto and is expected to receive her degree in mid 2006. In 2003 she
received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from McGill. At one point
she found that her engineering education might be a bit focused, so as an
undergraduate she broadened her degree by completing an Arts minor in
Sociology and Economics and working as a researcher in the Chemistry
department. Following the ISU-SSP she plans to enter the first semester of her
doctoral degree. Having lived in the cosmopolitan cities of Montreal and Toronto, Natalie has
always been surrounded by ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity. Her
current research group comprises students from Hong Kong, Mexico,
India, France and Canada. She values highly this exposure to different
backgrounds because she aspires to become an active member and a leader
in the space community and she understands that the future of space
exploration is a cooperative international effort. To Natalie, the ISU-SSP is a preview of
working as a member of the global community.
Jean-François is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Organization
Middle Years Programme in Montreal. From there he went to Acadia University
in Nova Scotia, and then to Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he earned
his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with concentrations in
Aerospace and Structural Analyses. His native language is French, but he is
proudly bilingual and completed most of his studies in English.
Jean-François has worked for COM DEV in Cambridge, Ontario, since 2002.
He was a key member of the Battery Department, working on programming
that includes Phase III of the Space Shuttle Battery replacement Program.
He has since transferred to the Switch Business Unit where he has established
himself as a leader and authority in Dynamic Stress Analysis and Testing.
Jean-François is passionate about all things related to Space and Aviation. He
enjoys basketball, hockey, golf and rugby. He is an avid student and
connoisseur of fine cuisines and wines.
Adina received a BSc in Geography at McGill University and then to
University of Waterloo for her Master of Environmental studies, conferred in 2005.
Her Master’s research focused on the use of medium resolution, multispectral
remote-sensing data for monitoring landuse change on a tropical island in South
China. This research gave her a valuable international perspective and sparked a
keen interest in Earth Observation capacity building. She has participated
in and organized several field campaigns aimed at collecting biophysical spatial
and interview-based data in various settings. Adina has earned a reputation as a team
player and an excellent networker. She has a solid background in both remote
sensing applications and social science discourse. She is ready to devote her
career to exploring the science-policy interface as it relates to international
space programs. In September, Adina is planning to enter a doctoral program in space policy, at
University of Waterloo.
Shane earned his BSc – Honours Human Kinetics, in 2001, and his MSc - Human
Thermegulation and cardiovascular Physiology in 2003, at the University of
Ottawa. He is now pursuing a PhD in Toxicology (nanotechnology) at the
University of Saskatchewan and expects to receive this degree in 2006.
From the earliest days, his academic and research training was in the area of the
effects of space flight on the human body. Now, in PhD studies, he is
researching the health impacts of nanotechnology focusing on both
positive and negative health impacts. Throughout his academic career, he has
received recognition from numerous prestigious bodies, such as the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research S.Journeay - continued
Council of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and the
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, to name a few. He is
held in high regard by teachers, and by fellow students, for his drive for
perfection and for a genuine concern for his fellow man.
Shane intends to pursue a medical degree and help translate the amazing
advances made in space research to solutions which can benefit world health
Howard holds a Master of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from
Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from
Memorial University of Newfoundland and over 20 years of Engineering and
Operations Management experience.
Sara earned her BSc Astrophysics from the University of Toronto. At present,
she is employed at the Ontario Science Centre as Researcher/Programmer
Astronomy and Space Sciences. Her major responsibilities at the Centre are
researching, developing, and pilot testing content and experiences for a new 4500
square foot exhibit hall dedicated to Citizen Science. Also, she is
establishing a model and permanent presence for onsite research with
universities and partners. In 1997, she was selected for the
biennial Vatican Observatory Summer School at Castel Gandolfo, an unusual
achievement for an undergraduate. In 1998, she worked at the Goddard Space
Flight Centre. In one of her undergraduate projects, an
evolution of galaxy clusters, she participated with a group of graduate
students in the highly successful extracurricular observational research project
at the David Dunlop Observatory on the distances to high velocity HI clouds,
which resulted in several group publications.
Sara has a strong background in science communication and media relations.
She has established herself as the astronomy and space science “go-to’
person for CBC Newsworld and has developed a Citizen Science series with
TVO Kids (TV Ontario). She is recognized as an outstanding teacher,
public speaker and media spokesperson. Off the job, Sara is an accomplished
soccer player and a sailor.
Kenn has a MA in War Studies, with a concentration in Aerospace Policy, and a
BA (Honours) in English Literature, both degrees having been conferred by
the Royal Military College of Canada. As part of his military career he has
completed a number of technical training courses covering navigation, radar,
electro-optics, missile defense and weather.
He is an Air Navigator with the Canadian Armed Forces. Currently he is
on a tour of duty at Colorado Springs where he is the Deputy Branch Chief of
the NORAD Policy and Doctrine Branch. Also, he is qualified as a
Commander of the Missile Correlation Centre. On a regular basis he deals with
the ubiquitous influence and role of space and space based assets in
surveillance, reconnaissance, communication, navigation, weather,
and geospatial imaging. His 2-3 year goal is a posting to the Directorate of
Space Development at the National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.
Over the years, he has had the opportunity to work with fellow officers
from England, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Russia, Japan, China, Portugal,
Spain, France and Germany. This multinational exposure will hold him in good
stead with the ISU 3-i concept of international, interdisciplinary and
Janine earned a Bachelor of Applied Science-Mechanical degree at the
University of Toronto. Currently, she is a Mechanical Engineer
at the MDA Space Missions, in Brampton, Ontario, where she has been
working on a Mechanical Cost Model. Last year she was the Mechanical Lead
for the XSS-11 Lidar program, the objective of which was to deliver the
second flight unit to the customer and to prepare for the Hubble Space
Telescopic, Robotic Rescue Mission LIDAR.
Earlier in her career, she worked for EXFO Photonic Solutions, in
Mississauga, as a Mechanical Designer of light-based curing systems,
illumination systems, and optomechanical components. Before
that, she was with Bombardier Aerospace, de Havilland, as a Project
Coordinator for the Dash B Series Q400 Turboprop Aircraft.
She has been recognized professionally as the recipient of the Norman E. Byrne
Award in Mechanical Engineering; the J. Edgar McAllister Summer Research
Fellowship; the Blake Gooding’s Memorial Award in Mechanical
Engineering, to name a few. Her fourth year thesis was, Environmental: In-Situ
removal of Arsenic from Well Water (for the benefit of individuals in
Bangladesh), on which she has a Patent. Off-the-job, she is very active in
community life, and in this area she has also received several awards, e.g. The
Peel Region Public Health award for leadership and contribution in the
development of Public Health; Mississauga Young Citizen of the Year
Award. At leisure she scuba dives, practices yoga and oil paints.
Erin attended the University of Victoria where she earned a BSc Biology, then on
to the University of British Columbia for her graduate studies, and where she is
currently in her 4th year of a PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. At
UBC, she rapidly learned the skills of Transmission Electron Microscopy. She
produced excellent preliminary results and presented them at an Experimental
Biology Conference in Washington and at the American Thoracic meeting in San
Diego. Recently, she produced a very novel perspective on the destabilization
of atherosclerotic plaques in response to five particulate air pollution and
submitted a manuscript to the American Journal of Pathology, summarizing her
findings. She is an active volunteer with the Vancouver Opera and with the Breast
Cancer Foundation. Prior to her graduate studies she spent 10 weeks
volunteering in rural Costa Rica. From a very early age, she dreamed of
being the first woman on the moon. However, she was forced to admit that
her natural abilities were in biology and mathematics, and not in physics. But the
dream was rekindled last year when she attended public sessions at the ISU
Summer Program at UBC. She realized that her fortes haves a definite
application in space and she intends to apply them in that area.