|2008 CFISU Scholarship Recipients
Christopher earned a B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
At present he is a Master of Engineering student, at McGill University, and is working on a thesis
in the area of formation flying of satellites. He has a diverse technical background attained in
part-time work and through work terms in the University of Waterloo Cooperative Program e.g.
Software Developer/Assistant, Consultant at MAYA Heat Transfer Technologies Ltd., Montreal;
Systems Modelling Assistant, at the Ultra Electronics Ltd., Cambridge, England; and Control
Systems Engineering Assistant at Messier-Dowty Inc. in Ajax, Ontario.
He is the recipient of several awards and recognitions, among which are a NSERC Canada
Graduate Scholarship; from the Stanford Fleming Foundation, a medal for Academic
Achievement and an Award for Excellence in Design; and other scholarships from Ontario
Professional Engineers Association, the UW Faculty of Engineering, and the Chandrashekar/Shad
Through the ISU-SSP he looks forward to a better understanding of what goes into making a
space mission happen; planning, design, specifications, financing, etc.
Extra-curricular activities: squash, basketball, baseball, piano, clarinet and back-packing across
Space exploration has been a constant topic in Karine’s life and she aspires to becoming a ‘space
In 2006, Karine graduated in electrical engineering from Université de Sherbrooke, QC. She
participated in the work-study program and worked as an intern at the NRC Herzberg Institute of
Astrophysics (Victoria BC) where she was a team member in the Band 3 Receiver project for the
Atacama Large Millimeter Array. That year, she also took part in the Heterodyne Array Receiver
Program at the Joint Astronomy Centre in Hilo, Hawaii. She is currently working toward a
Masters degree in electrical engineering at U of Sherbrooke, and her research project is on
autonomous navigation around asteroids. She will graduate in 2009.
She was awarded a research grant from NSERC Canada and another from the Quebec Foundation
for Research on Nature and Technologies. She has been recognized with the Leonardo da Vinci
Medal of Merit, the National Millennium Excellence Award, a Dennis Wood’s Family Bursary
and the NRC Women in Engineering & Sciences Award. She is an active member of the
environment group Génie Vert (Green Engineering). She did volunteer work in Spain,
developing nature trails while learning the language.
Catherine holds a B.A.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Toronto, and an M.A.Sc,
in Mechanical Engineering from University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Systems
Design Engineering Department at MDA in Canada. As part of the Advanced Systems Group,
she supports Business Development and Research & Development activities for projects ranging
from on-orbit robotics and servicing applications to human and robotic planetary missions.
Previously she worked at the European Space Agency Space Research and Technology Centre in
the Netherlands. As an Assistant Systems Engineer in the Concurrent Design facility she
participated in a variety of internal pre-phase -A feasibility studies.
Catherine faces challenges in her job which require her to stay technically sharp and able to
quickly learn new material and which demand creative and unconventional thinking. She enjoys
working in a team environment and the opportunity to collaborate with international colleagues in
a multinational setting.
Alexander has an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University in
Ottawa, and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of
Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where he is focusing on systems engineering, structural and
thermal design and orbital mechanics.
Previously, he interned at MDA for two years, and worked on RADARSAT-2, which launched
successfully last year. Earlier, as an engineering student, he worked for Transport Canada as a
member of the Airworthiness and Flight Testing Group. He aspires to one day be the Lead
Engineer on a ground breaking space program.
In 2007, he was awarded the H.I.H. Saravanamutoo Scholarship at Carleton University for
Academic Achievement and Leadership within Student Societies. He was an executive member
of the Carleton Mechanical and Aerospace Society and the Carleton SED’s branch. He graduated
from Carleton with ‘High Distinction’. He is a member of the Illinois Space Society.
Among his extracurricular interests are skiing, canoeing, hockey, squash, music and sword
Lynne earned her BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada and
her MSc in Aerospace Vehicle Design at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
She is a Major in the Canadian Armed Forces and is currently assigned to the Canadian Space
Agency working as a project Manager in the Space Programs Directorate. Very early in her
assignment she was given the responsibilities for a new micro-satellite project and as a
Programmatic Expert for the Canadian Space Station Program. Now, she is also the planner for
the next generation of satellite communication payloads project, and the coordinator for the
CASSIOPE (combining space science and telecommunications) satellite project.
She has an extensive background in structural design, and has had responsibility for the
professional development of junior engineers working in her Canadian Forces Squadron. She has
been involved in international cooperation projects, working with colleagues from the United
States, the Netherlands and Australia.
Lynne has a reputation among her superior officers for her dependability, intelligence,
adaptability and resourcefulness.
Sandeep is a Physician at Trafalgar Memorial Hospital in Oakville, Ontario, where he practices as
an Intensivist and as a Consultant in Internal Medicine. As part of his services to the City of
Oakville and Halton Healthcare region, he also serves as Medical Director of Advanced Cardiac
Life Support, and the Chair of the monthly Cardiac Arrest Committee. He is currently enrolled in
a two-year Critical Care Fellowship at McMaster University where he is receiving formal training
for a Royal College Certification. His other interests include Aerospace Medicine and
specifically the practice of Critical Care Medicine at high altitude and in space. He works parttime
as a Flight Physician with the Sky Service Air Ambulance out of Toronto. He recently
completed the Canadian Forces Flight Surgeon course.
He earned his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, his BSc (Kinesiology) at
Simon Fraser University, and his BSc (Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology) at the
University of Calgary.
As a Physician, Sandeep enjoys working as a team member. As a specialist in Internal Medicine,
he uses the principles of the scientific method to solve the mysteries of illnesses. As a specialist
in Critical Care, he is trained to work effectively in crisis situation.
Kris attended the University of Guelph, where he completed his Honours Bachelor of Science
degree in Bi-Medical Science. He then studied at the University of Western Ontario where he
received his M.D. and completed his specialty training in emergency medicine.
During his residency, he was awarded a scholarship from the Canadian Space Agency to pursue
aerospace medicine at Kennedy Space Center. Following that, he attended the Canadian Forces
Flight Surgeon Course at Defence Research and Development Canada.
He is the recipient of numerous awards, the most recent ones being the Resident Research Award,
Division of Emergency Medicine (U.of Western Ontario); and the Rocco V. Gerace Award in
He has authored/co-authored several full-length medical publications and abstracts and has
extensive experience in teaching, in leadership and volunteer activities. He is a member of all the
relevant professional organizations.
Paul is currently a first year General Surgery residency at the University of Calgary, where earlier
he had earned his MD. He began his career as an engineer and completed a Masters of Applied
Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia where he
studied surgical robotics and human factors. He served as a Robotics Research Engineer where
he assisted in the design and development of a MR compatible, image-guided neurosurgical robot
Paul is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the Dr. Peter Cruse Award; the Canadian
Space Agency Aerospace Medicine Elective Award; and the Dr. Lydia Sikora Memorial Award-
Honorable Mention. He has co-authored some thirty plus abstracts, papers and manuscripts and
is a frequently invited lecturer.
He holds professional membership in associations of mechanical, electrical and electronics
engineers and of medicine.
In his spare time he enjoys flying, running, cycling and skiing.
Tahir recently received his Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at the
University of Toronto. He has attended the International Space School in Houston, Texas, in
cooperation with NASA’s Johnson Space Centre. He is the Executive Director of the
International Space School Alumni Association and Past President of the U.of T. Astronomy and
Space Exploration Society.
During his Professional Experience Year he worked at Magma Closures, a division of Magma
International. His primary responsibilities were to conduct all benchmarking activities of selective
competitive automotive products. Supplementing these responsibilities, under the supervision of
a senior project engineer, he worked with cross-functional teams to determine root causes of
product warranty failures, assisted in product validations, and assembled prototypes.
He has received several honors and recognitions, e.g. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; and the
Royal Canadian Legion Military Medal for Cadet Excellence, to name a few.
He has written reports on “lunar Circumnavigation Vehicle (Space Systems design project team
of U.of T)”; “Thrust versus time curves for model rocket engines”; “How did the acquisition of
German scientists establish the American Space Agency’s success to date”.
He plans to obtain a private pilot licence en route to becoming an astronaut.
Nghi received his BSc degree in Health Science from McMaster University in Hamilton, where
he is currently continuing his studies for a Masters in Radiation Biology.
For the past few years he has been investigating the biological effects of low dose exposure to
ionizing radiation. This involves collaboration with Health Canada and the Canadian Space
Agency in analyzing blood samples for chromosomal damage that may result from space
missions. At the same time, he is a Teaching Assistant in Microbiology and Chemistry.
He has received a NSERC Scholarship, a Canadian Millennium Scholarship, the Dr. Harry
Lyman Hooker Merit Scholarship, the Maller Thomson National Merit Scholarship, the
McMaster President’s Scholarship, and a VAT Community and Leadership Scholarship. He has
written an abstract on Preventing Radiation Damage with CT Scans and Exercise for the
Canadian Nuclear Safety Student Conference, and another on Adaptive Response with Oxidative
Stress from CT Scans and Exercise in mice for an Experimental Biology Conference.
His other interests are music (piano, guitar, harmonica), brain teasers, camping, ball-room
dancing, snowboarding, sky-diving, rock climbing, et al.
David is a Master of Business Administration candidate at the Rotman School of Management,
University of Toronto. He is specializing in entrepreneurship, with a focus in space business. He
was also a student in Rotman’s Bridge to Business Program, which is aimed at facilitating
transition to the working world for liberal arts and science graduates. He earned his Honours
Bachelor of Arts Degree at York University, specializing in History with an interest in Industrial
Revolution and the Colonization Periods. During the time frame between finishing at York and beginning
at U.of T., he acquired hands-on work experience as a Store Manager. He was responsible for bottom line sales, store
maintenance and customer service. He was also charged with staff recruitment, training and
development. He believes that in this century mass space flight will become a reality and hopes to be a key
player. As for his extra-curricular/extra professional activities, he is a member of the Canadian Space
Commerce Association; he was Master of Ceremonies – Expanding Canada’s Frontiers-Lunar
Exploration; Crew Commander, Crew 63 – Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station; and
Outreach Director – U. of Toronto Astronomy & Space Exploration Society.
Leslie graduated from the University of Waterloo Mechanical Engineering program in 1998. He
then joined COM DEV Ltd., where he has worked on a variety of space hardware including radio
frequency multiplexer, large lithium-ion batteries and specialty mechanisms. His roles have
included structural design and analysis as project lead. Recently, he moved from engineering to
management and is now the Manager of the Design Automation Department. In this role he is
responsible for identifying and implementing design automation initiatives. He also manages the
company-wide design tools and maintains the design process.
He has had the opportunity to travel to the United States, England, Ireland, the Netherlands and
Korea and has attended the European Conference on Spacecraft Structures and the 38th Aerospace
Mechanisms Symposium. He submitted a report on ‘Cosmo-Skymed First Lithium –Ion Battery
for Space Based Radar”, to the Proceedings of the Seventh European Space Power Conference, in
Les has a reputation among his superiors and his colleagues for being very knowledgeable in his
field, and for his leadership skills.
Kartheephan earned his BSc, and is currently studying for an MSc, in Aerospace Engineering at
York University, in Toronto.
He is the recipient of several notable awards among which are the Allen S. Berg Award of
Excellence, and the Dr. Nabel Ibraham Prize in Space and Communications Sciences.
He has written reports on Ground Penetrating Radar Systems; on Shuttle Underside Mini
Scanners; and on Asteroid Detection and Tracking.
While at York, he worked as a Research Assistant researching existing surgical robotic systems
and exploring ways for improvement. He examined the system elements and procedures and
produced a system requirement document. He also contributed to an operations concept
document and a conceptual design document, focusing on the external manipulator system.
Now he is building a propulsion system for small satellites with the hope of one day building one
for a large-scale interplanetary spacecraft.
He is known by his professors to be particularly strong in mathematical and physical sciences,
and for enthusiasm for space engineering.
Marla completed an undergraduate degree in Biology at University of Saskatchewan and a
Masters degree in Environment Toxicology at the University of Guelph. After working as a
research associate in the environmental field for a year, she is now working as a Project Manager
for the Canadian Space Agency. She has been supporting the Canadian Space Station Program
where she participated in the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator Project (launched in 2008),
and the H-11 Transfer Vehicle Project with NASA and JAXA (expected launch 2009).
Marla has been in the Canadian Naval Reserve since 1996. She has been in charge of navigating
and running the watch of a warship, responding to on-board emergencies and managing
personnel. Her duties involved satellite imagery and communications, radar, radio and all other
means of tracking icebergs, other ships and any threats to the safety of the ship and crew.
She has co-authored several reports on Perfluoroalkyl Contaminants in Polar bears (Temporal
Trends; Circumpolar study acids in Liver Tissue) in the North American Arctic and East
Greenland, as well as one on the Identification of Long-Chain Perfluorinated Acids in Biota from
the Canadian Artic.
Babak is pursuing his PhD in Earth and Space Science at York University and expects to receive
his degree in December 2008. He also earned an MSc in Space Science (Atmosphere) at that
same institution, and an MSc in Aerospace Engineering and BSc Mechanical Engineering at Azed
University in Iran. At present, he is a Research & Training Assistant at York University.
He has more than eight years of experience in fluid engineering problems in aerospace, space,
and automotive applications with a solid knowledge of computational fluid dynamics, Fluid
Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Planetary boundary layer, Turbulence and Diffusion, Aircraft
Aerodynamics, Thermodynamics, Numerical Methods and other subjects of Physics.
He has authored /co-authored several presentations/publications on Boundary Layers on Mars and
on Earth for the International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics, for the Cdn.
Meteorological & Oceanographic Society Congress and for the International Conference on Mars
Polar Science & Exploration. He is a member of the Cdn. Aeronautics and Space Institute, of the
Cdn. Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and of the Cdn. Society of Mechanical