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.

Dr. Samara Pillay

Posted on July 5, 2022

Samara is an AI specialist at Mission Control and has a unique background spanning business strategy, analytics, physics and product innovation.  Samara holds a PhD from the University of Oxford, and MSc degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of British Columbia.  Outside of work, she enjoys running and hiking.

Mateusz Krainski

Posted on June 22, 2022

Mateusz is a Software Engineer at Mission Control. Before Mission Control, Mateusz was working at Showmax as a Software Engineer and Data Engineer, specializing in Python as the Analytics Team Lead, focusing on maintaining the internal data architecture, and as a Solutions Architect designing new software solutions for the company. Before Showmax, Mateusz spent 2 years at the European Space Agency (ESA) where he was providing general support to the European Robotic Arm project and designing and developing a robotic test-bed for one of the cameras of ERA. In his spare time at ESA, Mateusz and his team developed GNSS Compare- a research framework for researching GNSS processing algorithms on mobile phones – which won ESA’s internal Galleo App Challenge and was awarded with the Living Lab prise in the 2018 edition of Galileo Masters.
During his B. Sc. and M. Sc. at the Gdanks University of Technology, Mateusz was leading the LEM Mars Rover and ZukBot projects – student robotics projects for designing a Mars rover platform and an agricultural robot platform respectively. LEM won 2nd place at the UKURC 2016 challenge and ZukBot moved on to win a prize in the 2017 edition of Galileo Masters. Outside of work, Mateusz likes to read books, travel and experience life to the fullest. His current hobbies include cooking, fashion and investing.

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