Astronaut candidate's profile
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.
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