Jean Dupuis – Space Astronomy Senior Mission Scientist
- Quote: Webb will be humanity's eye toward deep space, and I can only dream of the discoveries awaiting us.
- B.Sc. in physics, McGill University
- M.Sc. in physics, Université de Montréal
- Ph.D. in physics, Université de Montréal
- Job title: Space Astronomy Senior Mission Scientist
- Employer: Canadian Space Agency
What is your connection to the James Webb Space Telescope?
Since , I have been the program scientist for Webb at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), providing scientific oversight to the project and coordinating science support with the Canadian science team. I will also play the role of CSA mission manager during operations.
What part of the Webb mission are you most excited about?
As an astrophysicist, I very much look forward to Webb being operational and gathering data. Webb was designed to answer a wide range of scientific questions and will certainly surprise us in many ways.
That said, the launch and commissioning also promise to be extremely exciting, considering the complexity of this space observatory.
What is the best part of your job?
I have always loved challenges and working as a team to solve difficult problems.
I am incredibly privileged to work at the CSA and be part of this amazing adventure that is Webb, the most powerful space telescope ever built. This is the fruit of a long effort by an amazing team of people from many countries who have worked hand in hand to achieve this ambitious vision.
How did you choose your career path?
I grew up during the Apollo program and was fascinated by space from a very young age. It was truly a dream for me to get involved in the space program. Thanks to the positive influence of key teachers, it became clear to me that studying physics would open doors for me.
What advice would you give young people interested in going into space science?
Don't hesitate to follow your dream, but keep all your options open and try not to specialize too rapidly. This is a fascinating domain, that requires hard work and perseverance. Learn to work in a team and communicate effectively with your peers.
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