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Biography of Jenni Gibbons

Jenni Gibbons
  • Date of birth:
  • From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Background: Mechanical engineer, combustion scientist, and assistant professor
  • Education: Bachelor in mechanical engineering; Ph.D. in engineering
  • Languages: English, basic French, basic Russian
  • Mission: Backup on Artemis II

Personal data

Born , in Calgary, Alberta. Jenni Gibbons enjoys flying, weightlifting, and mountain biking.

Career highlights

  • Jenni Gibbons works as an assistant professor in internal combustion engines at the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge. She researches dynamic combustion processes and pollutant reduction in combustion systems. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery Division on topics ranging from conventional and alternative energy production to thermodynamics and flame physics.

  • She is one of two recruits selected by the CSA through the fourth Canadian astronaut recruitment campaign.

  • Jenni graduates from Astronaut Candidate Training and obtains the official title of astronaut. She manages the Mission Control Capcom Console as International Space Station Lead Capcom and supports the on-orbit crew and their families during Expedition 63.

  • Jenni acts as the ground communicator for a series of spacewalks to upgrade the International Space Station’s solar arrays.

  • She is assigned to mentor the Astronaut Class through their EVA (spacewalk) training.

  • Jenni is announced as the backup crewmember for CSA astronaut Jeremy Hansen on Artemis II.

Meet Canadian astronaut Jenni Gibbons (Credit: CSA


Jenni Gibbons holds an honours bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec (). While at McGill, she conducted research on flame propagation in microgravity in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the National Research Council Flight Research Laboratory. She holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Jesus College at the University of Cambridge ().

Special honours

Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award (), Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Young Engineer of the Year Award (), Royal Canadian Geographical Society Gold Medal ().

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