Sector: Education and Training, Engineering
Born: Outside Canada
Type: Career Profile
Earth Science, Science, Space Science, Technology & Engineering
I find it very rewarding to see young engineers and students get excited about what they can do and how they can change the world. I feel lucky to be part of the education that can help them succeed. It brings me great pleasure when my knowledge of the space industry helps students understand theory. I am passionate about the role of engineering to help society. I put that passion into action in my work.
My first degree was in Aerospace Systems Engineering. I worked with British Airways for a while and then completed a PhD in satellite image processing. I did some postdoctoral research with the French Space Agency and had various technical positions in the European Space Industry. Later I worked as the mission engineering technical manager in the Canadian space industry before joining York University. I consider myself a lifelong learner and am always looking for personal challenge and growth.
Follow your passion. If you are struggling with theoretical material, look to understand where you might need it or why it might matter. Recognize engineering as a team activity and look to help, with your strengths, wherever you can. Challenge yourself.
Playing with my son and watching him grow is one huge activity outside work that I always want more time for. I am also a flutist, avid reader (Jasper Fforde is one of my favourite authors, but I read an eclectic mix). I volunteer for professional societies (as all professionals should). I am also a reluctant gardener (I enjoy gardening when I am doing it, but it takes a long time for me to start, and I ache after!)
I teach courses in space mission design, space physics, professional engineering practice and "natural and human-made disasters". Part of my non-teaching work involves serving on various committees here at York University. I also engage in active research on issues related to spacecraft and space travel. I use STEM logic when approaching any new problem. I use my core maths and physics skills, but also use language and artistic skills to share ideas - storytelling is important for engineers too!
I was born/grew up in:Welwyn Garden City, UK
I now live in:Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
I completed my training/education at:University of Southampton, UK
When I was
- Computer Science
- Foreign Languages
- Industrial Arts/Shop Programs
- Literature and English language arts
- Enjoyed doing things on my own
- Liked helping people
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Liked reading
- Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
- Liked to take things apart to see how they worked