Astronaut candidate's profile

The candidates participating in the astronaut selection process all have unique journeys and outstanding qualities and skills. You can read their remarkable profiles here.

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Scott Bishop

Bishop, Scott

Where were you born?
Middleton, Nova Scotia, Canada

Where do you currently live?
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Education

  • Bachelor's, kinesiology – Dalhousie University
  • Master's, mechanical engineering – Dalhousie University
  • Ph.D. candidate, aerospace engineering – Carleton University

Photo of the astronaut candidate during the aptitude tests. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

What is your current job?

Ph.D. student, research assistant, and university instructor - I am in my third year of a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at Carleton University. I have completed many big hurdles, including course work, comprehensive exam, and thesis proposal. Currently, I am working on a finite element model that can identify damage in a composite aerospace structure using ultrasonic Lamb waves. My research thesis is titled "A Holistic Approach to Structural Health Monitoring of Composite Aerospace Structures." During the winter semester, I will be teaching a second-year engineering course on statistics and probability at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Why do you want to become an astronaut?

The role of an astronaut encompasses everything I am passionate about and enjoy doing: engineering and science, being adventurous, learning new things, working hard, exploring, teaching, and inspiring the next generation of Canadians. To be able to combine all these passions into a single career, while pushing my limits, meeting new challenges, and having fun is what motivates me to become an astronaut. I love hearing about new discoveries in space, space innovation, and going further than we have gone before. To be able to play a direct role in that would be a dream come true.