Anne Wen

Posted on May 8, 2015

As Manager of Business Operations and Communications, and founding team member of Mission Control, Anne works part time to drive strategic communications and assist with business ops for the company. Anne has a management consultant background with experience in managing partnerships, performing market analysis, operations and change management in organizations. Before this, she graduated with an HBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University and is currently a full-time MBA student at the Harvard Business School. Outside of work, Anne likes to make pottery, hike, stargaze, and travel.


Matthew Cole

Posted on May 8, 2015

As Senior Software Architect and founding member of the team, Matt works with Mission Control’s R&D part time as a technical feasibility expert and provides guidance on systems integration, characterization and testing. Before his time at Mission Control, Matt was the lead developer for user interfaces on three rover programs with the CSA and worked with DRDC to develop satellite acquisition planning software. Mr. Cole received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s and an M.Sc. from UBC. Matt is an avid climber.


Dr. Michaela Musilova

Posted on May 8, 2015

As Mission Control’s Senior Research Advisor, Michaela focuses on developing international research collaborations and supporting education and outreach activities. She has worked at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, University of London Observatory and was an analogue astronaut at the Mars Desert Research Station (USA) in 2014 & 2017. Michaela holds a PhD from the University of Bristol (UK) and is currently the Chair of the Slovak Organisation for Space Activities (SOSA).


Dr. Melissa Battler

Posted on May 8, 2015

As Chief Science Officer, Melissa guides technology development to meet the needs of scientists, and conducts mission operations research. As a planetary geologist, she has led more than 10 human and robotic mission simulations with CSA, NASA, Western University, and others in Moon and Mars analogue environments around the world. Melissa is an Adjunct Faculty member at both Western University and the International Space University. She attained her Ph.D. (Planetary Geology) from Western University, and holds a diploma in University Teaching and a M.Sc. (Geology) from the University of New Brunswick. In her spare time, Mel likes to hike, canoe, do yoga, and spend time with her family.


Dr. Michele Faragalli

Posted on May 8, 2015

As Chief Technology Officer at Mission Control, Michele leads all technology development activities and R&D initiatives. Michele has broad engineering leadership experience, having led interdisciplinary engineering projects from concept to production across military, aeronautical and space applications. Michele’s research expertise is in robotic and planetary mobility. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Carleton University. When not spending time with his young family, you can find Mic in the Gatineau hills on a pair of skis or pedaling hard on his bicycle.


Ewan Reid

Posted on May 8, 2015

Prior to founding Mission Control, Ewan worked at a major Canadian space company as a systems designer and project manager. He has been a subsystem design lead on three rover prototypes for the Canadian Space Agency. Ewan was a systems and electrical designer and operations engineer on the Space Shuttle Program and was a mission controller for 10 of the last 12 Space Shuttle missions at NASA JSC. He also conducted numerous testing and verification activities at NASA KSC. Ewan has degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Technology Innovation Management at Carleton University. In his spare time, he likes to read, write, and escape to the cabin.