Posts Tagged: NASA

Taking off with Kristen Facciol (EngSci 0T9), Canadian space roboticist

Kristen Facciol in control room

Kristen Facciol (EngSci0T9) in the Mission Control Centre of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Facciol has become the 14th Canadian to earn a CSA/NASA Robotics Flight Controller Certficiation. (Courtesy: Kristen Facciol/NASA)


EngSci alumna Kristen Facciol (0T9 Aerospace) has an exceptionally exciting job. She recently became one of only 14 Canadians to earn the CSA/NASA Robotics Flight Controller Certification, which will allow her to provide direct support to the International Space Station during spacewalks and other operations. Facciol currently works as an operations engineer with the Canadian Space Agency and has spent the last year and a half in Houston, Texas, at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre.

Read about how EngSci helped prepare Facciol for her career in the multidisciplinary aerospace sector.

EngSci alumna Janis Chodas receives an honorary degree

Janis Chodas receiving honorary degree

Janis Chodas delivers her address at Convocation Hall after receiving her honorary degree. (Photo by Laura Pedersen/Engineering Strategic Communications)


The Division of Engineering Science is proud to congratulate alumna Janis Chodas (EngSci 7T8, MASc UTIAS 8T0), who was awarded the title of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, at the Convocation Ceremony on June 19.

Watch Janis Chodas deliver her convocation address.

Chodas was honored for her outstanding contributions as an engineer during her distinguished career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and her leadership as a role model and advocate for equality in her profession. “Dr. Chodas’ contributions both technically and to diversity of the professional are an inspiration,” says Professor Deepa Kundur, Chair of the Division of Engineering Science. “We say that Engineering Science graduates are fearless and she truly epitomizes that sentiment.”

As current Director of Engineering and Science, Chodas oversees the engineers, scientists and technologists involved in JPL’s planetary exploration missions. She has had significant roles in the design, development and deployment of spacecraft such as Juno, Cassini and Galileo.

Read more about Janis Chodas’ accomplishments.

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