Magdalena Wierus - Intermediate Operations Engineer (Logistics and Sustaining Engineering)
I remember the first time I saw Canadarm2 in space. The software team is not on console during the operations much, but my manager took us in, me and a colleague who had also just been hired, to experience operations first-hand. The first time I looked up, I thought it can't be real! It's actually in space! (laughter) It really hit home. That is what I was going to be working on. I was going to be working on that arm, and we were going to be doing amazing things in space. That was my space moment—it really amazed me.
There are a lot of things in my life that have led me here, and I guess I'm proud that I was strong enough to continue on, keep my integrity and be myself. Throughout my life, I've been able to stay connected with my roots and who I am, and I think I owe that a lot to my parents, how they raised me.
Magdalena is an aerospace engineer. With her team, she develops software to enhance Canadarm2 and Dextre performance and operations. She is an alumnus of the International Space University and, as a member of the CSA's Women in Science, Technology and Management Committee, is also an advocate for women in STEM. She is a mother of two young children.
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