2006 CFISU Scholarship Recipients

Szandra Bereczky

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.

Lydia Bourouiba

Eric Caillibot

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.

Nathalie Dupuis

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 Entus

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 Fortier

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.

Nathalie Gailley

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-Francois Gauthier

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 Gillepsie

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 Journeay

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 Moyst

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 Poirier

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 Rodzinyak

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 intercultural.

Janine Symanzik

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 Tranfield

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.