2008 CFISU Scholarship Recipients

Christopher Blake

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 Valley Memorial. 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 Europe.

Karine Dionne

Space exploration has been a constant topic in Karine’s life and she aspires to becoming a ‘space professional’. 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 Erkorkmaz

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 Ghosh

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 fighting.

Lynne Hounslow

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 Kohli

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 Lehnhardt

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 Emergency Medicine. 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 Mcbeth

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 system. 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 Merali

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 Phan

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 Rajzman

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 Richards

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 Italy. Les has a reputation among his superiors and his colleagues for being very knowledgeable in his field, and for his leadership skills.

Kartheephan Sathiyanathan

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 Smithwick

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 Tavakoli Gheynani

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 Engineering.