Hugo Burd

Posted on April 1, 2021

Hugo is a Software Engineer at Mission Control. He recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a degree in Computer Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. For his capstone project, he helped design an infrared horizon detection system for attitude determination on LEO satellites. Previously, Hugo worked in game development at Blackbird Interactive and on machine vision cameras at FLIR Systems. Outside of work, Hugo enjoys making music with his collection of synthesizers.

Braden Stefanuk

Posted on March 11, 2021

Braden is an MASc student at Concordia University and is working with Mission Control as a Robotics and Machine Learning Specialist. Before joining the team he was the payload and remote sensing lead for Space Concordia’s CubeSat. He received an Honours BSc in Physics from the University of Calgary and is an avid outdoorsman, sports enthusiast, and hobbyist musician.

Luis Chavier

Posted on February 27, 2021

Luis is a Senior Software Developer at Mission Control. He brings many years of broad industry experience, ranging from embedded real-time software to distributed server-side software. Luis led the development of a pioneering agricultural UAV, co-founded a company focused on modular embedded systems and helped build and scale a product at a software startup all the way to acquisition. His academic background is in Computer Science, with a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. from the University of São Paulo. In his spare time, Luis likes to spend time with his loved ones and learn about life, the universe and everything.

Younes Reda

Posted on January 4, 2021

Younes is a Robotics Engineering Coop at Mission Control. He is a rising junior at the University of Waterloo studying Mechatronics Engineering. At UW, Younes is the Firmware team lead for the Mars Rover student design team. Previously, Younes had interned at Siemens Health, where he worked with the embedded software team to develop a clinical point-of-care diagnostic product. Younes has also worked as a test-automation developer at Ross Video. In his spare time, Younes enjoys playing soccer and basketball.

Dr. Matt Cross

Posted on November 16, 2020

Matt is a Systems Engineer at Mission Control. He attained his Ph.D. from Western University, along with bachelors and masters degrees in aerospace engineering at Carleton University. His past academic projects and collaborations include the Barefoot Rover project with JPL, the Kapvik rover protype at Carleton, analogue mission campaigns, and managing the Ukpik-1 CubeSat project at Western. Matt has worked at ESA as a systems engineer and project coordinator. Matt enjoys spending time in the kitchen.

Shannon Rusk

Posted on October 28, 2020

Shannon is a Finance professional and has spent most of her career working with entrepreneurial start-ups in the tech industry with financial, operational, and strategic experience.  At Mission Control, Shannon leverages her experience in ramping up enterprises in fast growth and ramp up phase by readying the organization with processes development and management, financial model review and enhancement, hiring and resource planning and evolution, strategic planning, grant review and administration. In her spare time Shannon likes to be outside, preferably by the water, as well as enjoying team sports and other recreational pursuits like running, biking, skiing.

Jean Paul Carnicer

Posted on September 18, 2020

Jean Paul Carnicer is an experienced spacecraft systems engineer and project manager with a solid international track record of delivering outstanding consulting services in the space industry around the world.

Mr. Carnicer has received his MBA with the Norwich class of 2010 and his MSc. in Aerospace Engineering in 2001 from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina.

In his 20 years of experience in the space industry, Mr. Carnicer has significantly contributed to the success of more than 34 satellite programs and launches. His experience spans from satellite programs using small LEO spacecrafts for earth observation, to telecommunication programs using massive six-ton GEO spacecrafts. By conducting systems engineering for numerous satellites and launch services, he has gained experience working with most manufacturers, suppliers and launch vehicle companies around the world.

Mr. Carnicer has also worked as a lead spacecraft thermal engineer, providing thermal design, analysis and testing for over 10 space projects.

Mr. Carnicer has also supported investors, by performing commercial due-diligence in several deals involving satellites.

Martina Nobile

Posted on September 18, 2020

Martina is a Robotics Engineering Intern at Mission Control. She studies Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining mission Control, Martina held internships at MDA, where she did software development on a NATO defence project,and Brock Solutions, where she contributed to developing an enterprise solution for Canada Post’s mail sortation systems. Outside of work, Martina enjoys reading.

Becca Bonham-Carter

Posted on March 27, 2020

Becca works part-time at Mission Control as a Robotics Engineering Intern. She contributes to design and implement machine learning algorithms for planetary exploration applications. Prior to joining Mission Control, Becca worked doing research on control theory at Queen’s University, and on modeling networks in the human brain at Inria in France. Her past experiences include being involved with organizing the Queen’s Space Conference and taking part in the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-RGX). Becca has a degree in Mathematics and Engineering from Queen’s University, specializing in Systems and Robotics.

Vinita Marwaha Madill

Posted on March 27, 2020

Vinita Marwaha Madill is a Project Manager at Mission Control, and brings her background as a space operations engineer and Founder of Rocket Women, a STEM advocacy platform. Previously, Vinita has worked as a European Space Agency (ESA) contractor focused on human spaceflight operations for future projects, including the European Robotic Arm. At ESA’s European Astronaut Centre, Vinita helped design the SkinSuit and conducted a study on future spacesuit design and operations for lunar exploration. Vinita studied Mathematics and Physics with Astrophysics at King’s College London and went on to gain master’s degrees in Space Management from the International Space University (ISU) and in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University, UK.