Astronaut candidate's profile
The candidates participating in the astronaut selection process all have unique journeys and outstanding qualities and skills. You can read their remarkable profiles here.
Where were you born?
Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Where do you currently live?
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
- Bachelor's, kinesiology – Dalhousie University
- Master's, mechanical engineering – Dalhousie University
- Ph.D. candidate, aerospace engineering – Carleton University
What is your current job?
Ph.D. student, research assistant, and university instructor - I am in my third year of a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Carleton University. I have completed many big hurdles, including course work, comprehensive exam, and thesis proposal. Currently, I am working on a finite element model that can identify damage in a composite aerospace structure using ultrasonic Lamb waves. My research thesis is titled "A Holistic Approach to Structural Health Monitoring of Composite Aerospace Structures." During the winter semester, I will be teaching a second-year engineering course on statistics and probability at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Why do you want to become an astronaut?
The role of an astronaut encompasses everything I am passionate about and enjoy doing: engineering and science, being adventurous, learning new things, working hard, exploring, teaching, and inspiring the next generation of Canadians. To be able to combine all these passions into a single career, while pushing my limits, meeting new challenges, and having fun is what motivates me to become an astronaut. I love hearing about new discoveries in space, space innovation, and going further than we have gone before. To be able to play a direct role in that would be a dream come true.
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