Alexis Pascual

Posted on July 20, 2022

Alexis is a Mitacs intern at Mission Control. He is currently a PhD candidate at Western University studying Electrical and Computer Engineering with Collaborative Specialization in Planetary Science and Exploration. He is also the project manager of the Ukpik-1 CubeSat project at Western. His past projects include stratospheric balloons, rover operations in analogue missions, and the Barefoot Rover with JPL. His main work involves using imagery and deep learning to make space rovers more intelligent. Outside of work, Alexis enjoys playing music (sax, guitar, bass guitar), and doing things outdoors.


Hira Nadeem

Posted on July 20, 2022

Hira is a Mitacs Intern at Mission Control. She is a current MESc student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Western University’s Institute for Earth and Space Exploration and previously received her BEng in Electrical Engineering at McMaster University. At Western, she works on the Ukpik-1 Cube Satellite mission as a part of the CSA’s Canadian CubeSat Project. Previously, Hira has worked as an intern in Manufacturing and Test engineering at Sinclair Interplanetary in Toronto and Planet in San Francisco. Hira co-founded of the Zenith Canada Pathways Foundation where she worked with her team to develop the Zenith Fellowship program to help underrepresented students across Canada gain work experience in the space sector after she was selected as the first Canadian Brooke Owens Fellow in the U.S. Outside of work, Hira enjoys making art, writing poetry, reading and hiking.


Alan Higginson

Posted on July 5, 2022

Alan is a Senior Systems Engineer at Mission Control. He has spent the past 15+ years leading software teams for both operational software delivery and R&D efforts across various space-focused domains, but especially in the exploitation of Earth Observation datasets from space-based RADAR imaging missions. His past projects include the Department of National Defence Polar Epsilon and Polar Epsilon 2 projects for space-based Near Real-Time Ship Detection and AIS association, concept development and prototyping activities for the Canadian Space Agency in AI / Deep Learning for Earth Observation, and for deep-space healthcare using Augmented Reality. Alan holds a B.Eng (Computer Systems) from Carleton University and an ARCT in piano performance. He can often be found either building things with his children, fixing old vehicles or generally enjoying the great outdoors.


Guillaume Landry

Posted on May 12, 2022

Guillaume is a Robotics/Software Engineering Co-op Student at Mission Control and a third year Geomatics Engineering student at Laval University. During past employment, he developed web/mobile applications and an augmented reality software integrating LiDAR-scanned 3D assets. His involvement in various university student groups has led him working on CubeSat ADCS, stratospheric balloon experiment and autonomous vehicle development. It has provided him with various skills and knowledge about space technologies, project management, hardware and software. Guillaume likes to play guitar, try different microbreweries, and go out on adventures either travelling or outdoor trips.


Ruthy Brito

Posted on May 11, 2022

Ruthy is a Mission Operations Engineering Co-op Student at Mission Control. She completed her Bachelor of Engineering Science in software engineering and is currently doing a Masters of Engineering Science at Western University. Previously she has worked on the OBC team for Western and the Nunavut Artic College’s Ukpik-1 CubeSat. Currently, her research interests are in image classification and object detection. Outside of work, Ruthy enjoys cooking and listening to music.


Negib Sherif

Posted on May 11, 2022

Negib is a Robotics/Software Engineering Co-op Student at Mission Control and is a third-year Computer Engineering student at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His previous experiences include working as a software developer at LaunchGood and working as a full-stack developer at Memorial University. He enjoys working on hardware and software projects, some of his highlights include winning a Hackaton and making a Traffic Light system with an FPGA board. In his spare time, he likes playing team sports or enjoys learning juggling tricks.


Dew Bhaumik

Posted on May 11, 2022

Dew is a Robotics Software Engineering Co-op Student at Mission Control. He is a second-year Mechatronics Engineering student enrolled at the University of Waterloo. Dew has previous robotics software experience from various projects such as a “Waiter-Bot” that autonomously delivers snacks and water to students as well as a SMART radio-controlled robot car that utilizes collision avoidance and can be controlled from a smartphone app. In his spare time, Dew enjoys singing, traveling, and playing sports such as soccer, basketball, and karate.


Julia Grab

Posted on May 11, 2022

Julia is a Junior Software Engineer at Mission Control. She recently completed her degree in Software Engineering from the University of Calgary. During university, she completed a 16-month internship with Canadian UAVs where she worked closely with flight radars to develop an airspace monitoring system. She later helped design an application to detect the location of Mode A/C aircraft using trilateration for her capstone project. Outside of work, Julia likes to paint and play board games.


Mehsan Maharib

Posted on May 11, 2022

Mehsan is a Robotics/Software Engineering Co-op Student at Mission Control. He is a third-year Computer Engineering student at Memorial University of Newfoundland with previous software development experience working on machine learning models at Kraken Robotics, helping develop a brain-computer interface at Memorial, and more. In his spare time, Mehsan likes to travel, read, and spend time with his friends


Vanessa Van Decker

Posted on May 11, 2022

Vanessa is a Mission Operations Engineering Student Intern at Mission Control. She is one of ten Inaugural Zenith Fellows, selected for her outstanding community involvement, technical capabilities, and passion for contributing to the Canadian space sector. The Zenith Fellowship pairs talented individuals with executive mentors and job opportunities in Canadian Space. Vanessa is a third-year Mechanical Engineering Student at Toronto Metropolitan University under the prestigious President’s Scholarship. She has a passion for robotics and space exploration and explores that passion through the contribution of technical ideas and community leadership. She has contributed to cardiac catheter robotics research, was a mechanical and science team lead on her university’s robotics team overseeing mechanical, controls, life detection and geology teams, and she is the 2022-2023 President of the national non-profit SEDS Canada (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) . Outside of work Vanessa enjoys hiking, whitewater kayaking, knitting design, rock climbing, and creative writing.