Women in aerospace reception final presentation - website
Elsie Gregory MacGill1905 -1980• B. Electrical Eng U Toronto 1927• Master’s Aero Eng U Michigan 1929Elsie overcame polio, attended MIT & rose to Chief Aeronautical Engineer atCanadian Car & Foundry. She subsequently opened her own consulting firm. In the1950s Elsie became a prominent Canadian feminist, serving later on the 1st RoyalCommission on the Status of Women. She continued her engineering & feministactivities throughout her life, garnering many awards incl the Order of Canada.• Canada’s 1st practicing engineer andNorth America’s 1st woman aero eng
Karen DemeTest PilotBombardier Aerospace• B.Sc. Astrophysics Queen’s U• Aviation & Flight Technology Seneca College• Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence• Worked as a flight instructor in the Toronto areaAs a pilot Karen does production testing, ferry flights, demonstration flights,supporting entry into service, and occasionally some engineering flighttesting.
Tammy StupaloManager, Electrical SystemsPratt & Whitney Canada• B. Mech. Eng. U. Waterloo• Over 15 years experience at P&WCSince 2005, Tammy has managed several different projects at P&WC and,as Team Leader for the PW617 Environmental Control System Pre-coolerproject, has garnered the P&WC Pioneers of the Future Award
Natalie PanekMission Systems Engineerand Robotics OperatorMDA Space Missions• B.Sc. Mech Eng U Calgary• U Calgary first solar car team• Pilot’s licence, interned at NASA, combustion in microgravityAs an advocate for women in engineering, Natalie is passionate aboutencouraging women to dive head-on into challenging careers. She hasspoken at TEDx and on multiple panels for women in tech.
Lana OsuskyPhD CandidateUniversity of TorontoInstitute for Aerospace Studies• B. Eng. Mech U Victoria• Amelia Earhart Fellowship (2010-2011)• Numerical algorithms for aerodynamic shape optimizationLana loves her work in aerospace because of its potential to facilitate thedesign of more efficient aircraft with an improved environmental footprint.
Angeline BlaisTest Engineer• BASc & MAS uOttawa - electromagnetic field (EM) propagation• Research in EM fields, satellite MUXs design, production test engineer of RFICs• Production & qualification test solutions for avionics at Esterline CMC ElectronicsWhat Angeline has most enjoyed about her career is being involved ininnovation and problem solving. Her career has also given her theopportunity to grow, travel and provide for her family.
Navreet SainiAssociate Technical Specialist, AvionicsBell Helicopter• B Eng Aerospace Ryerson U• Private pilot’s license night rating• Accepted into Embry Riddle’s Master of Aeronautical Science program• Flight Line, Brampton Flight CenterNavreet is motivated by the challenges & rewards that her job has to offer &loves that her position allows her to make a contribution to a vast industry.
Harriet LaryeaJunior Control Systems EngineeringAviya Technologies• B.Eng. & M.Eng. Mech Concordia U• Military Marine Engineering System OperatorThroughout her military experience, despite having been the only female attimes in the entire Engineering Department, Harriet has loved serving andprotecting the nation and being the eyes and ears troubleshooting problemsonboard a ship.
Marie-Josée LandryMaterials & Processes and ProjectEngineerL-3MAS• B.Eng. Metallurgy & Materials U Laval• Master’s in Composite Materials École Polytechnique de Montréal• Current: P&WC Pylon Design, Manufacturing and Assembly, R&D Program forAerostructure div, Materials & Process Specialist for Aerospace Tier 1 &2 ContractsMarie-Josée loves having a new challenge every day, the need for innovation,and the accessibility of the aerospace community. She says that becoming amother was the best training for her to become a better engineer.
Kathy FoxBoard MemberTransportation Safety Board of Canada• B.Sc. & MBA McGill U, M.Sc. Human Factors and System Safety Lund U Sweden• Held senior management positions with Air Traffic Services Headquarters andNAV CANADA, retiring as Vice-President, Operations• Quebec Air and Space Hall of Fame, Transport Canada Aviation Safety AwardKathy holds an airline transport pilot licence, has flown over 4800 hours andstill flies part-time as an instructor and pilot examiner.
Roxana ZangorManager, Product Reliability & SafetyPratt & Whitney Canada• Master’s Math, Math Education, PhD Applied Math• Math teacher, Romania• Senior Research Scientist, United Technologies Research Center USRoxana’s unusual career path, from math teacher to aerospaceprofessional, has taught her to be open-minded and ready to take on newand unexpected challenges.
Nimeesha KuntawalaAdvanced AerodynamicsBombardier Aerospace• Honours B.A.Sc. Eng Science Aerospace, M.A.Sc. U Toronto• Raced in 2007 World Solar Challenge as part of Blue Sky Solar Racing Team• Member of UTIAS’ Airbus Fly Your Ideas TeamNimeesha loves working at Bombardier where she is encouraged tocontinue learning through stretch assignments, alongside people who arewilling to share their knowledge and experiences.
Sherry DraiseyPresidentGood Vibrations Engineering• B. Civil Eng U Western Ontario• Certificate of Appreciation from PEO for Women in Engineering Advisory Committee• Two NASA Group Achievement Awards, CanadarmSherrys favourite parts of the job include simplifying complex problems witheigen analysis and acting as a player on a team that works together to get bigresults.
Catherine ClarkResearch OfficerNational Research Council AerodynamicsLab• B.A.Sc. & M.A.Sc. Aerospace Eng Carleton U• Co-op at Transport Canada, Atlantis Systems International, RCMP• Currently wind tunnel project managerCatherine loves hands-on work, applying her engineering knowledge tosolve real-world problems, and managing the test process from start tofinish. She has recently taken up running and competed in multiple races.
Nihad Ben SalahR&D Projects LeaderHéroux Devtek• 15 yrs School of Engineers of Tunis as Professor in Materials Science, 14 yrs inaircraft industry P&WC and Héroux D. in engineering and R&D• Author of over 10 scientific papers, 50 technical reports, owner of patent• Landing gear component design, damage investigation, materials/processes specsWhat makes Nihad’s work interesting is that it touches the lives of peoplesince it addresses their worries about the environment, their curiosity in thepast and their interest in innovation.
Atousa PourfardMaster’s Student in Non-DestructiveInspection for Pratt & Whitney CanadaÉcole de Technologie Supérieure• First woman in Québec certified by Society for Protective Coatings• Experience in Canada and abroad working in protective coatings and linings,corrosion protection, fire proofing and concrete waterproofingAtousa draws on her ingenuity and perseverance as an engineer, herdiscrete curiosity as a chemist and her artisan common sense to focus on adefect as small as 6 mm in her research project.
Nancy VennemanPresident and FounderAltitude Aerospace• B.Eng. Mech École Polytechnique de Montréal• Previous experience in aircraft structural modifications and certification programs,project planning and in-service customer support• 2010 winner of Réseau des Femmes d’Affaires du Québec Business Women ofthe Year in International Entrepreneur categoryNancy loves the continuous challenges and opportunities for learninginvolved with her job.
Swati ShrivastavaSpecial Process Quality EngineerMessier-Bugatti-Dowty• B.A.Sc. Materials Eng U Toronto• Pursuing Master’s degree part-time• Reviews & approves manufacturing plans & special processes for landing gearsSwati loves that her work allows her to apply scientific theory in the practicalworld and be a part of a progressing team of one of humankind’s greatestinventions.
Suzanne KearnsAssistant ProfessorWestern University• Began flying airplanes and helicopters at the age of 15• Commercial pilot licenses in airplanes and helicopters• Currently teaches aviation safety and human factors within the CommercialAviation Management programSuzanne maintains an active research program exploring the effectiveness ofe-learning within aviation.
Rumbi MuvingiAircraft Modification DesignerPerimeter Aviation• Works on windshield anti-ice heaters and efficient landing lights for planes thathave to handle cold and challenging destinations• Creates test plans and maintenance and flight manual supplementsRumbi loves working on every aspect of a project from design drawings toengineering reports. She also enjoys the variety and challenges of theprofession and looks forward to growing a career that she absolutely loves.
Heather TowndrowLiaison EngineerComposites Atlantic• From Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, has worked in Montréal and Vancouver• Supports Northrop Grumman E2 prog & finishing of numerous parts, eg B787Heather loves working for a small company where her work is varied andcan have a very visible impact. In her experiences, she has found thatnothing helps the work life balance as much as the pace of small town life,and the availability of the freshest of local food.
Elvi DalgaardSenior Analyst in Materials EngineeringPratt & Whitney Canada• B. Eng., M. Eng. and Doctorate in Metallurgical Eng McGill U• Worked 12 years in software development• Initiates & manages aerospace materials research projects• Co-chair of the Materials section of the Metallurgical Society of CanadaElvi coordinates a number of roles, from work to singer to mother of three,by having clear goals in life, keeping her priorities straight, and seizing thechance to transform each experience into a learning one.
Larisa BeachVP International Business Developmentand Co-FounderNeptec Design Group• Over 35 years experience in Aerospace• Previous experience at SPAR and Leigh Instruments• As Program Manager led NASA Space Vision and Laser Camera Systems• Received NASA’s Space Flight Awareness, GEM Awards and led Neptec to winNASA’s George M. Low AwardLarisa loves overcoming programmatic challenges and dealing with diverseinternational cultures.
Priti WanjaraGroup LeaderMetallic Materials Joining and FormingNational Research Council Canada• B. Eng. & Ph.D. Engineering-Metallurgy McGill U• Leader of 16 research & technical officers• 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General of CanadaAmong the many research partners Priti has worked with are Pratt &Whitney Canada, Bell Helicopter, Standard Aero, EADS, Bombardier,Eurocopter and Magellan Aerospace. Priti speaks four languages.
Polina SnugovskyChief MetallurgistCelestica• PhD Metallurgy State Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine• Only Canadian invited as member of core team of scientists for 2009 lead-freeManhattan Project• Holds several Outstanding Technical Achievement AwardsPolina’s work is like an art form. She makes scientific discoveries every dayand gets to create technologies that directly influence many of the productsthat improve the way we live and work.
Catherine TsouvaltsidisOperations ManagerThoth Technology• B.A.Sc. Space Eng, M.Sc. Earth and Space Science in progress• Works with confirming atmospheric conditions & geo-location parameters.• Winner of COMDEV Engineering Design Award 2012Catherine loves being able to work in nature while continuously improvingher engineering skill set. She performs maintenance and dish operations onthe 46m dish of the Algonquin Radio Observatory, deep inside AlgonquinPark. Her favourite pastime is star-gazing.
Susan PollockIntegrated Engineering Team Lead inMilitary Aircraft SystemsCAE• B. Eng. Mech McGill U, MBA Concordia U• Previously worked with Air Forces and Navies in several countries, from theNetherlands to MalaysiaSusan has been involved in setting up an office in Bangalore, successfullyreducing development and testing costs. When Susan isn’t working, she is anavid downhill skier and loves to travel. She recently spent a few months in theMiddle East and Asia with her two small children in tow.
Lorelyn LugtuMaterial SpecialistStandard Aero• Industrial Eng Mapua Institute of Technology (Philippines)• Worked in the supply chain field 10 years• Material ordering & inventory models, product mgmt & supply support, MRO opsWorking in an aerospace company gives Lorelyn a sense of pride. She lovesthe culture in her present organization and dealing with the challenges ofmaterial and inventory management.
Ruxandra BotezFull ProfessorÉcole de Technologie Supérieure• Canada Research Chair Aircraft Modeling and Simulation Technologies• Founder and Head of the Laboratory of Applied Research in Active Controls,Avionics and AeroServoElasticity LARCASE (130 graduated students)• 60 journal & 130 conference papers, 3 book chapters, 50 media articles & 5 awardsRuxandra loves graduating students and helping them to be successful in theirjobs by getting them hired by aerospace companies. Her lab is the only onelike it in the world with 3 major pieces of aircraft equipment: Subsonic WindTunnel, CAE flight simulator and Hydra’s UAV.
Lena BanbassadianSupplier Quality EngineerRolls-Royce Canada• B. Eng. Mech Concordia U, MBA summer 2013• Manages portfolio of suppliers, performs audits, improves processes• Certified ISO9001: 2008 auditor and Lead Six Sigma Green BeltAt Rolls-Royce, Lena enjoys working along side a very diverse group ofindividuals from different backgrounds, countries and origins. As a junior inthe industry, she is excited and looks forward to gaining more experience andexpanding her opportunities.
Koushika PatelEngineering Specialist,ThermodynamicsGlobal 7000/8000Bombardier Aerospace• B. Eng. Mech Concordia U, M. Eng. Aerospace McGill U• Experience in CFD, Aerodynamics, Drag Predication, Aero-thermodynamics, Icing &Anti-Icing Flight SimulationKoushika knew she wanted to go into aerospace since being intrigued by aparts diagram of Canadair’s Challenger aircraft in high school. What she lovesmost about her job is that it allows her to carry out research and apply it to theactual design of aircraft and then get to watch the aircraft take flight.
Sylvie BélandDirector of R&D, Aerospace Structures,Materials and ManufacturingNational Research Council of Canada• Bachelor’s & PhD Mechanical Eng, long career at Cdn Space Agency (CSA)• Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal• Author of High Performance Resins and Their CompositesAs Space Counsellor and Trade Commissioner for the Minister of ForeignAffairs and International Trade at the Canadian Embassy in Paris for 5 yrs,Sylvie managed and coordinated activities between CSA and its Europeancounterparts, mainly the European Space Agency.
Erika KangasFlight Test EngineerBombardier Aerospace• Participant in Ryerson Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation• Interned at P&WC and Bombardier• Experience in Liaison, Airworthiness, Flight Test & Mechanical Systems Engineering• Recipient of 2012 Elsie MacGill Northern Lights Award - Rising Star categoryErika is involved in many voluntary programs including BombardierEngineering Children’s activity and conducting tours. In 2012, she was theFlight Test Engineer on-board the first biofuel-powered flight in Canada.
Karla TelidetzkiMaster’s StudentUniversity of TorontoInstitute for Aerospace Studies• Applies computational methods for design of environmentally friendly aircraft• NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Graduate scholarshipKarla loves being on the forefront of knowledge in the field of sustainableaviation. In her spare time, she enjoys playing rugby and was named CISAll-Canadian for past two seasons playing for U of T.
Olena ZagoskinaJunior Project EngineerCascade Aerospace• B.Sc. & M.Sc. Mech National Aerospace University, Ukraine• Worked on structural modifications for Hercules C-130 Fuselage Trainers anddamage tolerance analysis for modified Bombardier Q400• Executive committee of Fraser Valley Branch of APEGBCOlena has been fascinated with airplanes since her childhood. She loves herjob because it is challenging and every project is unique in its application.
Helia SharifGraduate StudentCarleton University• Completed Space Studies Program at International Space University• Worked at the European Space Agency’s Advanced Concepts Team• Worked as Field Support Engineer in Arctic assisting on NASA’s K-10 Rovers,Hamilton Sundstrand Space Suits and CSA’s Operation Space MedicineContributing to the vision team, Helia is responsible for the design of anautonomous geologist that will replace how the next generation of planetaryexploration rovers will process and communicate the information.
Raissa El-HaddadOperation Program EngineerPratt & Whitney Canada• B.Eng. Industrial Concordia U• Internship at Airbus military in Spain• Awarded Jaan Saber Medal and Concordia Medal• Currently responsible for PT6A engine programWhat Raissa likes about her job is that it’s a challenging job where she has toapply her knowledge, energy, and enthusiasm to satisfy customer’s needs.Outside work, Raissa is a tennis fan and participates in tournaments indifferent countries, gaining fluency in several languages and cultures.
Mirela StanElectronics DesignerUTIAS Space Flight Laboratory• B.Eng. Electronics and Telecommunications U Bucharest, Romania• Worked in radio-communication industry for 7 years• Designs, builds, programs, and tests the power systems of satellitesAbout her job, Mirela says “It is rocket science! Who wouldn’t like it?” Shefinds the process of fixing something that is not working as expected, andlooking at the behaviour of electronic systems and finding out how things wentwrong changes her by challenging the way she thinks.
Antoinette PinetCo-PresidentKAPP Concept• Diplome universitaire en technologie mech / aeronautic option (Toulouse, France)• Worked on projects with ASTRIUM, Airbus, Bombardier, P&WC, and MRAS• Currently senior structural design consultant for avionic capsule Global 7000/8000Antoinette has been interested in aircraft since she was a child and startedto fly with a Cessna 152 before driving a car. She loves that her job allowsher to imagine new concepts, resolve technical issues, see final productrealizations, and travel.
Sarah HannahEngineer, Guidance Navigation andControlMDA• B. Sc. Math & Mech Eng Queen’s U, M.Eng. U Toronto• Worked on Canadarm, Canadarm2, Dextre, Mobile Base System on ISS• Received various awards from NASA for helping to resolve technical problemsSarah enjoys doing mission analysis using dynamic simulations andtroubleshooting any problems that come up. She has found it interesting to beinvolved in so many different space robotics projects and feels lucky to haveseen many shuttle launches, lots of space hardware up close at the KennedySpace Center, and met several astronauts!
Anna MandraAirworthiness EngineeringBombardier Aerospace• B. Eng. and M. Eng. Aerospace Ryerson U, PhD in progress• High Tech Luxurious Business Jet Certification & New Product Development• PhD work in field of manufacturing of aircraft precision partsAnna got into aerospace due to a passion she gained at an early age, whichwas inspired by her involvement in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Herdream is to be a leader in her field.
Anne-Lise KoesslerProject EngineerCAE• B.Eng. Mech, Technical Degree Aeronautics, Certificat Applied Informatics• Worked on Airbus Military A400M Aircraft Virtual Maintenance Trainer, CF-18Structural Design Improvement, Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Maintenance ServicesAnne-Lise loves that her job allows her to learn all the time, work with newtechnology, work with different disciplines of people, and work on project andtechnical sides simultaneously. Outside of her job, Anne-Lise is a road bikelover.
Inna SharfAssociate ProfessorMcGill University• B.A.Sc. Eng Science, PhD Aerospace Eng U Toronto• Robot-airship testbed, dynamics & control of legged platforms, small autonomousaerial vehicles• Teaches in areas of mechanics, dynamics of systems, finite elements and control• Collaborations with MDA, CSA and NSERC, and the Herzberg Inst for AstrophysicsAt this point, Inna truly appreciates and values the opportunity to educate andmold young engineers and to see them succeed and contribute to theprofession.
Kiera YoungCustomer Programs and SupportStandardAero• B.Sc. Mech U Manitoba• Past: Engineering, Operations, Customer Support, Supply Chain and Program Mgmt• Current: P&WC PT6 engine and Supply Chain for P&WC PT6 and PW100 enginesOne of the best and most challenging things about Kiera’s job is that everydayis different! Using her engineering background in problem solving skills, Kierafocuses on breaking down problems and helping build solutions.
Myriam BrochuProfessorÉcole Polytechnique de Montréal• Metallurgist, PhD Mechanical Engineering• Teaches material science, material characterization, fatigue and creep• Main research activities include improvement and prediction of the life of aircraftcomponents, hydroelectric turbines and valvesWhat Myriam loves the most is being part of knowledge transmission &evolution; in other words teaching. She is actively involved in scientificoutreach activities to promote scientific careers to girls & women.
Anna OnuferSenior Instructional Systems DesignerCanadian Space Agency• B. Sc. Chemistry McMaster U• Graduate Diploma Instructional Technology Concordia U• Past includes Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Marconi Company, TecsultEduplusAnna’s current work allows her to design, develop, and maintain the trainingcourses for astronauts, mission controllers, or CSA personnel in theoperation and/or monitoring of the Mobile Servicing System.
Nadia BhuiyanAssociate ProfessorConcordia University• B.Eng. Industrial Concordia U; M.A.Sc., PhD Mech Eng McGill U• Associate Director of the Concordia Institute of Aerospace and Design Innovation• Product development processes, with a focus on emerging tools and techniques tooptimize process performance in aerospace with P&WC, Bombardier and BellHelicopterThe best part of Nadia’s job is teaching and interacting with students. She hasreceived many awards for teaching excellence, research, and her contribution tostudent life. She plans to build a school for the underprivileged in Bangladesh.
Isabelle TremblaySenior Systems EngineerCanadian Space Agency• B.Eng. Mech École Polytechnique Montréal• Master’s Aerospace Eng Space Technologies COOP program of 5 Québec univs• Began career working in engineering consulting firms in mines and metallurgyToday, Isabelle coordinates the work of a team of engineering specialists whoare responsible for supervising the development of two astronomicalinstruments that will be on board the next great space observatory.
Damineh AkhavanStructures EngineerViking Air• B.Sc. Physics, B.Eng. Mech, MBA U Victoria• Diploma, Aircraft Mechanics from ICS Canada• Engineering intern at Triumph Fabrication in San Diego, California• Received Transport Canada delegation in 2012Damineh was fascinated with space and skies since a young age when shewatched the Space Shuttle Challenger take off. Growing up she faced criticismtowards her dream of becoming an astronaut until she moved to Canada topursue it.
Hande AksekiMaterials AnalystPratt & Whitney Canada• Master’s McMaster U• Works with integrated product teams on all stages of an aircraft engine project, fromdesign to productionHande enjoys the challenge of analyzing a problem and brainstormingsolutions. She believes that continuous innovation and building on potentialare the main sources of a company’s strength.
Nicole BuckleyChief Scientist, Life Sciences and theInternational Space StationCanadian Space Agency• B.Sc. M.Sc. Microbiology U Saskatchewan; doctorate in Oral Biology U Manitoba• Postdoctoral studies in molecular biology U Texas Health Science Ctr & U Laval• Responsible for planning and selection of life science activities to supportastronaut health, coordinating the planning of ISS activities for CanadaCommunicating the benefits of science in general and the benefits of spacescience for all Canadians is one of Nicole’s favourite responsibilities.
Thank you for attending the CASI AERO 2013 Women in Aerospace ReceptionSpecial thanks to our sponsor this evening: Pratt & Whitney Canada