Kristen Facciol

Aerospace Engineering, 0T9

Kristen Facciol

While it has been six years since Kristen Facciol graduated from Engineering Science, she claims that new opportunities continue to present themselves. After her graduation, Kristen wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to pursue and considered every option available, including various graduate school programs, teachers’ college, and employment. Ultimately, she went with the latter and started on her career path with MDA Robotics and Automation in Brampton, Ontario. Her first major project was as part of the systems team working on the Next Generation Canadarm – a suite of robotic systems and tools for on-orbit satellite servicing. Upon project completion, Kristen was presented with the opportunity to move to Montreal to work as part of a group of embedded contractors at the Canadian Space Agency on the International Space Station (ISS) team. Originally an analyst for robotics operations, she is now an Engineering Support Lead providing real-time, pre- and post-mission support for all robotic components of the ISS (Canadarm2, Dextre, and the Mobile Base System). Additionally, Kristen is working as part of the training program, providing instruction to astronauts and flight controllers regarding the operation of robotic systems on the ISS. In the last few years, she has also been working as a volunteer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Her main area of focus has been on the improvement of a program for young professionals which focuses on teaching the importance of technical presentation skills.

Kristen offers invaluable advice for EngSci students and graduates:

“For those about to graduate, I want to stress that it is absolutely essential that you supplement your academic background with strong communication skills. Being able to network and seek out new opportunities through the connections you will make is a necessary skill for personal and professional development.”