Command & Data Handling Team

James Warburton

Position: Embedded Systems Design Engineer, Team Leader

Area of Study: Level III Electrical Engineering

Member Since: October 2016

Science/Engineering Interests: On the general side, I hold a deep appreciation for the “big” questions that science and math address via experimental facilities such as the LHC. However, it is my prerogative as an engineer to realize these nouveaux ideas and implement them in a more practical sense and application. More specifically, I am very interested in machine learning and optimization for big data as well as making strides in the fields of process driven refinement and error correction. Using these ideas I hope to create and use technologies that make everyday life both easier and more enriching for society as a whole.

Motivation: I came into this project with a very astute awareness of the challenges that the future of human space exploration presents. The necessity to push the limits of our technical capabilities whilst also making the long term benefits of these endeavours accessible to larger populations is at the core of every aspect of space exploration and research. I am honored to be a part of the McMaster NEUDOSE team, which I am sure will continue to fan the flames of an ever-growing fire and imagination for space exploration, whilst helping me learn and grow as an engineer.

John Barberiz

Position: Embedded Systems Design Engineer

Area of Study: Electrical Engineering Graduate

Member Since:  January 2015

Science/Engineering Interests: Control systems, teleoperation control, robotics, embedded systems, design optimization and avionics in general.  During the summer of 2014 I worked as a Research Assistant and have continued to volunteer up until the present time. During that time I was involved in the Aerial Robotics Project and the Adaptive Energy Management Systems Project. The scope of the A-EMS project is to create a system that can control micro grids in a more efficient manner by optimizing renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power (a smart micro grid). The purpose of the Aerial Robotics Project is to interface an aerial and land based robot which will work as one unit or separately.

Motivation: A few years ago I hit a crossroads in my life; whether to continue the path I chose in the construction field as a construction technician and perhaps pursue becoming a Civil Engineer. However, instead I chose to pursue an education at McMaster University and study Electrical Engineering. My motivation for choosing to pursue a Bachelors of Engineering was my dream to work in the aerospace industry, specifically avionics. That dream has not subsided in the slightest, in fact I am more motivated now than ever. I hope to pursue my research interests by continuing my education through graduate studies at an ivy league school such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Stanford University.

Spencer Deevy

Position: Embedded Systems Design Engineer, Software Lead

Area of Study: Master's Student - Software Engineering

Member Since:  September 2015

Science/Engineering Interests: Fault-tolerant safety-critical systems; Self-monitoring/self-repairing software; Brain-computer interfacing; Neural networks, with a focus on brain mapping; Environmental control systems and life-support systems.

Motivation: I joined the NEUDOSE team to help develop space technology that may one day help protect people in outer space from radiation, as longer duration missions will have considerably higher radiation levels than experienced in LEO. In addition to this, I joined to work alongside a group of highly motivated individuals, of whom I could share my passion for space exploration technology.


Akiv Jhirad

Position: Embedded Systems Design Engineer, Hardware Lead

Area of Study: Master's Student - Biomedical Engineering

Member Since:  August 2015

Science/Engineering Interests: My primary interests lie in image and signal processing, as well as hardware design for biomedical applications. Recently, in my spare time, I have indulged in machine learning to figure out the steps after processing that can assist in the biomedical field (eg: pathological classification using images from Magnetic Resonance Imaging, ultrasound, etc.). My studies at McMaster University have exposed me to different areas of engineering resulting in my acquired interest of control systems applications in robotics. Finally, since high school I have kept up with recent breakthroughs in particle physics through reading scientific journals.

Motivation: During the summer months of my undergrad, I spent a significant amount of time applying my knowledge of control systems and microcontroller programming to DIY projects. When I came across the opportunity to design hardware for a CubeSat, I realized it would be a great way to use my academic skills, such as circuit design, in a significant, real world application, which is what I have been striving for every summer. I can already tell my knowledge and understanding of hardware design has improved since joining the team. I believe these skills will be essential when I go forth with designing my own biomedical devices.


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Fatima al-emara

Position: Junior Hardware Developer

Area of Study: Level III Electrical Engineering & Management Co-op

Member Since:  September 2017

Science/Engineering Interests: Software Design, Hardware Design, Space Technology, Electronics, Robotics and Electromagnetic Devices.

Motivation: Since childhood, I was interested in electrical engineering, and I am very fascinated by the emerging technology that is benefiting millions of people around the world.  I am also very interested in designing and creating these smart products that can change peoples’ lives. My main two objectives are learning more about hardware designs of complex systems, and gaining more hands on experience that is not provided for me at this stage of my academics. On NEUDOSE, I am surrounded by a talented team that can increase my knowledge and shape me to become a successful engineer in the future. I believe that NEDUOSE is a good opportunity for me to tackle real life challenges and explore new engineering fields. Being part of a team that will launch the first ever McMaster satellite is very motivating, this project is just like a piece of art that everybody will remember in the future. 


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SOHAIB al-emara

Position: Junior Hardware Developer

Area of Study: Level III Electrical Engineering & Management 

Member Since:  September 2017

Science/Engineering Interests: I am interested in robotics and space robotics is something I like to follow and learn about. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are very interesting fields for me. I believe both fields are very important for building autonomous robots that will help us to have an efficient life in the future, and explore space better. Through NEUDOSE, I will try to learn more about hardware designs of robots, especially learning more about the programmable chips. I am also interested in renewable energies and micro-grid systems. Self-charging devices that use solar panels are something I like to build and learn about. Therefore being part of  NEUDOSE and through my studies, I hope that I can specialize in renewable energy for building smart cities. 

Motivation: NEUDOSE's goal of launching McMaster's first ever satellite is very unique, and the idea of analyzing the space radiation is very intelligent. It is very motivating to be part of this team, there are many benefits of launching this satellite.  The team is very well-established and everybody is working effectively; because of that I believe being part of this team will help me expand my experience and knowledge related to space and electronics. I also find being a member of NEUDOSE team as a great opportunity to contribute to Canada's success in space exploration. 



christopher cabral

Position: Embedded Systems Design Engineer & NEUDOSE Scribe

Area of Study: Level III Electrical Engineering Co-op

Member Since:  October 2016

Science/Engineering Interests: Exposure to research in molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry sparked my passion for extracting meaningful information from unstructured data. I am fascinated by the Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Computer Vision, and Data Analytics applied to engineering problems and novel scientific questions. 
Understanding how to leverage High Performance Computing, Computer Networking, Virtualization, Software Defined Networks, and Automation of complex processes to make advancements for the betterment of society. Combined with my scientific background, I am interested in tackling real-world problems, from fields ranging from: IoT, Embedded Systems, AI (Self-healing networks, autonomous vehicles), Bioinformatics, Software Development, Control Systems, and Predictive Analysis applied to engineering and business solutions. I enjoy learning how to develop precise, robust, low-cost technologies (things that do MORE with LESS) that push the boundaries of what is possible and ultimately benefit society.  

Motivation: Life in the long run is more than ”just” solving problems. Whether it be monumental goals, burning questions, or vision for the future that drives us to get out of bed every morning. This allows us to take risks, delve into the unknown, and have the courage to be persistent when faced with difficult novel problems. One of these fields is space exploration, which not only continues to inspire humanity but in the processes has benefitted humanity greatly in its yielding of technological and scientific discoveries. Having been a huge supporter of increasing funding for space exploration, and encouraged by commercial companies taking up the charge to innovate in space travel, I could not have asked for a better opportunity than McMaster NEUDOSE! The team offers fantastic design and engineering experience, and I am honoured to contribute to the cause.



Will Donaldson

Position: Junior Firmware Developer

Area of Study: Level II Software Engineering & Management

Member Since: September 2017

Science/Engineering Interests: I am very interested in the advancement of science and technology, and the opportunity it presents to work on exciting cutting edge projects. I am mostly interested in the technology of computers, specifically software. I enjoy working with computer software and seeing my work come together in a finished product.

Motivation: I am interested in space and the future of space travel. The opportunity to be part of a team working on a satellite will be a good way to apply my learning to a tangible project and gain valuable skills, while working on something that I will enjoy being a part of.


Hira Nadeem

Position: Junior Firmware Developer

Area of Study: Level III Electrical Engineering

Member Since: May 2017

Science/Engineering Interests: My interests lie in space exploration, and the seamless integration of technology to better every day life. I hope to work in the space sector to allow us to explore our cosmos and better understand our place in space.

Motivation: The stars have always been a great mystery to me, one that brings about feelings of grave fear and intense happiness. I decided from a young age, I wanted to explore the stars rather than hide from them. Instead of dreaming of becoming an astronaut (since heights are one fear I cannot overcome), I dream to develop and work on space missions to further human reach into space. McMaster NEUDOSE offers the unique opportunity to be a member of a team of students working to send an instrument into space and contribute to scientific research.  


Liubov trofimova

Position: Junior Hardware Developer

Area of Study: Level II Electrical Engineering

Member Since: May 2017

Science/Engineering Interests: Space Exploration, Hardware Design, Space Technology 

Motivation: NEUDOSE is a great opportunity to further help humanity's quest for space exploration. I am excited to work in a team with an incredible goal and apply my knowledge and gain new skills, which in turn, will help me grow as an engineer.