The McMaster NEUDOSE Team

Our team is composed of students from the Faculties of Science and Engineering at McMaster University, spanning from Levels II to V. The students have very broad areas of study ranging from Medical Physics, to Electrical Engineering to Mechatronics and many more! Each student brings their own unique skillset to the team. All members of the McMaster NEUDOSE project are a part of one of the nine integral teams that all contribute to the satellite in a vital way.

Principal Investigators

DR. ANDREI HANU

Institution: Bruce Power
Contacthanua@mcmaster.ca
Areas of Research: CubeSats for space radiation dosimetry and particle tracking; position sensitive radiation dosimeters for future deep space missions; micro-pattern gas detectors for low mass space telescopes, particle tracking, medical imaging, and radiation dosimetry
Motivation: Space exploration is an ongoing adventure that captivates our imagination resulting in scientific and technological breakthroughs that benefit all of humanity. Currently, space programmes are shifting from government-driven strategies to commercial-driven initiatives with a common long term goal of sending humans to Mars and beyond. This means access to space is becoming cheaper and more frequent. However, one the biggest threats to any manned space exploration mission remains the harsh radiation environment and its health effects on astronauts. The NEUDOSE mission concept grew out of the need to developed advanced radiation dosimeters that lower the risk of deep space mission by providing superior radiation exposure monitoring. McMaster University is one of the world’s foremost institutions on health effects from radiation exposure and is ideally suited to address this challenge. NEUDOSE is the first of many CubeSat missions from McMaster University that will test advanced radiation monitoring technologies and train the next generation of Canadian scientists. This is a good time to like space!

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DR. SOO HYUN BYUN

Institution: McMaster University - Department of Physics & Astronomy
Contact: soohyun@mcmaster.ca
Website: McMaster University Faculty Page
Areas of Research: Accelerator neutron source and neutron spectrometry; advanced gaseous detector development; digital neutron imaging; microdosimetry; ultra low-level radioactivity measurement

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DR. ERIC JOHNSTON

Institution: Bubble Technology Industries
Science/Engineering Interests: My interests include detection of trace elements using Polarized Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (Polarized EDXRF), compositional analysis of tissue samples using Energy Dispersive X-Ray Diffraction (EDXRD), and  designing and building a combination polarized EDXRF and EDXRD system for classifying diseased tissues. Other interests include radiation detector instrumentation design, machine learning for physics applications, and medical equipment design.
Motivation: I have always had an interest in space exploration and with recent developments trending towards the commercialization of space, the field is rapidly growing. I find the design constraints on engineering a space ready system intriguing, and I enjoy the challenge they provide. 
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-johnston-924292125/

DR. FIONA MCNEILL

Institution: McMaster University - Department of Physics & Astronomy
Contact: fmcneill@mcmaster.ca

Collaborators

DR. STANLEY HUNTER

Institution: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
Contact: stanley.d.hunter@nasa.gov

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Ishwar Singh

Institution: McMaster University
Contact: isingh@mcmaster.ca

Management Team

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MICHAEL STRAMENGA

Position: Project Manager
Area of Study: Level IV Mechanical Engineering & Management
Member Since:  September 2016
Science/Engineering Interests:  Human Spaceflight, Space Robotics, Propulsion Systems, Space Exploration, Finite Element Analysis, Integration of Hardware and Software, Fluid Dynamics
Motivation: I find the physical exploration of space to be absolutely fascinating. We are constantly pushing the boundaries by venturing deeper into our solar system, unlocking its mysteries along the way. In this effort, we have made a commitment to send humans far beyond the reaches of Earth, but are limited due to the increased exposures to harmful radiation. Being a part of NEUDOSE is the perfect opportunity for me as I am able to learn more about this interesting challenge, as well as obtain hands on experience in the development of satellites. This project is an excellent stepping stone in my pursuit of a career in the space industry.

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DEVAN WAGNER

Position: Engineering Manager
Area of Study: Level V Engineering Physics & Management
Member Since:  January 2015
Science/Engineering Interests: I'm interested in research in current fronts of physics to further advance our understanding of the universe in order to better society. Specifically I hope to specialize in nuclear physics, focusing on the future in fusion processes as well as solar power technology. With any hope I can work on future solar technologies that will have increased efficiencies, making a sustainable world more attainable.
Motivation: My very first interests in science and engineering were sparked by the cosmos and space exploration. I joined NEUDOSE so I could drive my passions in order to assist the team gather information which could further advance the frontier. Getting my hands on an electrical system this early in my education is a great opportunity to learn more about solar power as well as integrated sciences that are applicative in the industry as well as the research sector.
LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/devanwagner47

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KYLE JACKSON

Position: Operations Manager
Area of Study: Level III Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization
Member Since:  May 2017
Science/Engineering Interests:  I am interested in biology - specifically, human anatomy and human pathology. More recently, I have discovered the fields of medical physics and Nuclear medicine. They represent important aspects of modern medicine and illustrate key applications of the understanding of how particles interact with human tissue. 
Motivation: I joined the team because of my deep fascination for, and love of, space. Growing up, I always enjoyed science fiction and the idea of space exploration. I've long wanted to contribute to Canada's space initiative and this team affords me the opportunity to do just that.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kylejackson98

Command & Data Handling Team

HIRA NADEEM

Position: CDH, Team Leader
Area of Study: Level IV 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. 
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/hiranadeem

LIAM FLANNIGAN

Position: Hardware Specialist
Area of Study: Level IV Engineering Physics
Member Since:  May 2017
Science/Engineering Interests: I am interested in researching bio-compatible robotic prosthetics using my knowledge of nano and micro device fabrication and machine learning. I am also interested in the practical applications of machine learning in physics, as I feel this is an area of study that holds much potential for solving complex physical problems.
Motivation: I've always admired engineers and scientists who work on space related research, as many technological advancements we use every day can be traced back to a space program that built it first. Additionally, one of my personal motivators for studying Engineering Physics in the first place was Carl Sagan. His Cosmos series inspired me to pursue some kind of study of how the universe works, and I arrived at physics as the best option for me. As a result, I felt it only made sense to work on a satellite as a small tribute to the man who got me started in science in the first place.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/liam-flannigan-b4309180

Mostafa Ayesh

Position: Embedded Firmware Specialist
Area of Study: Level IV Mechatronics Engineering & Management
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Embedded Systems, Space Exploration, Biomedical Devices
Motivation: I've always been fascinated by space exploration and joining NEUDOSE is a great opportunity to be a part of building a satellite that will one day orbit the Earth. I am also looking forward to learning more about all the engineering work required to make sure a system functions as expected under extreme conditions.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mostafaayesh

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Michael Chen

Position: Junior Embedded Design Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Engineering Physics
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Semiconductors, silicon photonics, and deep learning/neural networking
Motivation: I wanted to join the team to learn more about low level coding, PCB/hardware designing, and I have a general interest in space and astronomy.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/michael-chen6556

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Jay Koshy

Position: Software Specialist
Area of Study: Level IV Computer Engineering
Member Since:  January 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: FPGAs, Embedded Systems, VLSI, Space Exploration
Motivation: McMaster NEUDOSE is the only club on campus I have ever joined. The space industry seems like a far-away unreachable land for most people, regardless of how close your industry may seem relative to it. I was amazed that I was able to become involved with a project that actually involves putting a satellite into orbit. That alone was enough for me to get involved and stay involved.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jay-koshy

Gurleen Nijjar

Position: Junior Embedded Firmware Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Computer Engineering (Co-op), Minor: Biochemistry
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Advancements in Space Exploration and Health Care, Embedded Systems Design, AI and Machine Learning, FPGAs, Biomedical Engineering, Pedagogy, and Social Psychology.
Motivation: NEUDOSE provides an intersection between my passion for computer engineering and scientific research in biochemistry. The common admiration for space exploration, a fast paced learning environment, and a strong work ethic of team attracted me to NEUDOSE immediately. I joined the team to apply my knowledge outside of the classroom and contribute in launching McMaster's first ever satellite into orbit. It's an honour to be given the opportunity to work and learn alongside bright-minded individuals that want to push the Canadian space initiative to the forefront!
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gurleen-nijjar/

Paula Bosca

Position: Scrum Master
Area of Study: Level II Integrated Science Physics Concentration
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: I am incredibly interested in space exploration and the multitude of new perspectives it offers. I seek to understand the world around us; everything from computer science that drives our technologies to the biophysical mechanisms which drive each and every one of us. I hope to further my understanding of our universe through the study of space and our place within it through the study of biophysics.
Motivation: I hope to one day aid in furthering human presence in space and increasing our understanding of what lies beyond our Earth. This team provides an incredible experience to begin pursuing these passions, especially in its integration of many different disciplines. It also offers an incredible opportunity to gain more knowledge of varying technical elements, an aspect of our world I long to better understand.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/paula-bosca

JOHN BARBERIZ

Position: Alumni Collaborator, CDH
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.

Communications Team

AARON PITCHER

Position: Antenna and Communications Specialist, Team Leader
Area of Study: Master's Student - Microwave Engineering
Member Since:  September 2016
Science/Engineering Interests: Microwave and millimeter wave hardware design for detection radar and imaging.  Primarily interested in pulse radar systems and frequency sweep radar systems used in concealed weapons detection, non-destructive testing and human tissue imaging.  Also interested in RF Antenna design and communication systems.
Motivation: Science, engineering and the desire to create/do the unthinkable have been the driving factors behind my studies.  The hope is that one day I will contribute to the frontier of deep space exploration and better humanity in the process.  The NEUDOSE team at McMaster provides a great opportunity to apply my research knowledge and contribute to the engineering community, while also providing valuable experiences, playing a critical part in my development as an engineer. 
LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/aaronpitcher

JIMMY NGUYEN

Position: Communications Specialist
Area of Study: Electrical & Biomedical Engineering Graduate
Member Since:  January 2015
Science/Engineering Interests:  Sheaf/motivic cohomologies to develop a canonical product of categories over Turing machines, dependently typed Lisp on ARM microcontrollers
Motivation: The NEUDOSE project offers an amazing opportunity to contribute to space exploration and space research. The team also offers engineering perspective and design experience for a future career.

DANIEL TAJIK

Position: Antenna and Communications Specialist
Area of Study: Master's Student - Electrical and Computer Engineering
Member Since:  February 2017
Science/Engineering Interests: Antenna Design, Microwave imagingMotivation: Trying to communicate with a small metal box 1000 km up in the sky with a shoestring budget is a challenge that interests me.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/danieltajik

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Zachary Manesiotis

Position: Hardware Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Electrical Engineering
Member Since:  July 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: From the large-scale structure of the universe to subatomic particles and everything in between.
Motivation: The challenge of putting a CubeSat into space, as well as the potential ramifications of the research that would result from the data collected, all intrigued me.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/zachary-manesiotis

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Damien Sabljak

Position: Hardware Specialist
Area of Study: Level III Electrical Engineering (Co-op)
Member Since: October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: The exploration of our Universe, the use of data obtained from missions in space to validate new scientific theories and concepts, sustainable systems to support life outside of earth's orbit.
Motivation: I've always loved space. There is so much out there to explore, and so many opportunities awaiting us among the stars. I hope that through my experience with MIST I am able to develop my technical skills and create networks that will help me to advance my career in the space industry. I am also very excited to aid in research that will get us closer to sustainable life outside of earth.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/damiensabljak

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.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/will-donaldson-b56618133

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Devin Klepp

Position: Firmware Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Electrical Engineering
Member Since: October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Computer Hardware, Computer Science, Embedded Systems Design, Autonomous Vehicles, AI and Machine Learning, Space Travel, Robotics
Motivation: I wanted to be a part of a team that would combine my interests in computer systems technology and space to create something to be proud of, and that's what the team at NEUDOSE is doing. The information the team gathers can potentially help the many people who choose to take flight into space in the future, whether it be through space tourism or becoming an interplanetary species. I hope to gain the tools to help me succeed in the engineering industry through working on the project and from my peers by the time I graduate.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/devin-klepp

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Joel Haydyn

Position: Ground Station Firmware/Hardware Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Mechatronics Engineering
Member Since: October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Automation
Motivation: I want to be able to say I helped with launching a satellite into space.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/joel-haydyn

Junbo Huang

Position: Firmware Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Mechatronics Engineering
Member Since: October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Robotics/Programming/CAD
Motivation: My motivation is to work on this Fantastic space project and meet passionate individuals. And It’s cool to build a satellite!
LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/junbo-huang-8b497b149

Nicholas Vrzovski

Position: Scrum Master
Area of Study: Level 1 Engineering
Member Since: October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: I'm interested in learning more about the wonders of the universe, as well as space exploration. It's my hope to specialize in Aerospace engineering and work on satellites after I graduate.
Motivation: The McMaster NEUDOSE project provides great experience in many engineering principles, as well as the opportunity to contribute to research that will have a positive impact on space exploration for the future.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nick-vrzovski-11627b161

Electrical Power System

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SOHAIB AL-EMARA

Position: Electrical Power System, Team Leader
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. 
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sohaib-alemara

FATIMA AL-EMARA

Position: EPS Specialist
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. 
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fatima-al-emara

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Yih-Chyuan HsiaO

Position: EPS Specialist
Area of Study: Level III Mechatronics Engineering
Member Since: October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Robotics, Machine Learning, Aviation, Space, Automotive, Embedded Systems
Motivation: I wanted to contribute to one of the driving forces that's helping Canada establish its presence in the space industry. NEUDOSE offers a very unique experience for its members to both apply knowledge gained through academia and to leave with newfound wisdom. I myself on the other end, hope to do a little exploring with the thoughts of pursuing research and academia in the future. In my time here, I aim to develop technical skills that will allow me to gain valuable project experience, and impart the knowledge I have to others. And in doing so, ultimately help play my part in Canada's role in space research and exploration.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/yc-hsiao

Julian Morrone

Position: Electrical Power Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Electrical Engineering and Management
Member Since: October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Autonomous & electric vehicles, control systems, embedded systems, robotics, machine learning, and renewable energies.
Motivation: I've always had a deep interest in space since I was a child, so once I found out the McMaster had a team that would be launching a satellite, I knew that I had to apply. The fact that I can work on the satellite, then see my work go into production and eventually be part of what launches and makes the satellite function is something that entices me to work hard on this project. Another thing that drew me to NEUDOSE was seeing the talented team in the general lectures. I knew that I would be surrounded by an intelligent group of people who I could learn a lot of practical skills from.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/julianmorrone

Khang Nguyen

Position: Electrical Power Systems Member
Area of Study: Level III Computer Engineering
Member Since: October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: I am really interested in Hardware Engineering and how it applies to space travel. I want to develop reliable electrical systems and learn about space travel. I am interested in robotics and FPGA development specifically in the field of ASIC design.
Motivation: I think that by joining the team I am able to expand my knowledge of space travel as well as hardware engineering. Working under experienced mentors I am able to learn a lot and hopefully contribute to a system that will eventually be sent to space.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/nguyenkm

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Lisa Chtcherbakova

Position: Scrum Master
Area of Study: Level I Engineering
Member Since: October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Sweet romanticisms surrounding space flight and astronomy, a lifelong interest in mathematics and most science fields, and designing amateur machines in my own time
Motivation: Very interested in picking up technical skills in the field, excited for the challenge, and thought that working in a team that's really motivated in a cool project within my interests would be wonderful. Space is really neat.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/the-lisa-chtcherbakova

Mechanical Team

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LUIS TALLAVO

Position: Mechanical, Team Leader
Area of Study: Level III Mechanical Engineering
Member Since:  September 2017
Science/Engineering Interests: Interested in the analysis of complex mechanical systems including dynamic simulations and FEA. Particularly interested in the integration of mechanical components with software and electrical engineering (robotics)! I also have a strong interest in Space Exploration and Aerospace Engineering.
Motivation: When I first heard of NEUDOSE, a community engineering and science students who share a common passion for space exploration and technology, I knew I had to join the team. NEUDOSE provides the perfect combination of hands-on experience as well as a welcoming environment where you can learn from other talented engineering and science students. I hope to contribute to the team in any way that I can and take my first steps into a fulfilling career in space technology. It is a great honour to have the opportunity to work on McMaster's first-ever satellite to launch into orbit!
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/luistallavo

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Marina Manoraj

Position: Structure Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Chemical and Bioengineering
Member Since:  January 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  I am interested in the application of Engineering processes to benefit health care and create advancements in the medical field. This includes prosthetics, medical imaging, and the manipulation of scientific microorganisms to increase the compatibility of drug delivery and improve the efficiency of human life. Additionally, my interests include space technology and space exploration to observe what is beyond us.
Motivation: NEUDOSE is the cross between science and engineering that allows for hands-on applications and final products that can be used to benefit life off Earth. As someone who has always been interested in space, this team allows me to use my passion to create experiences and learn how to make Canada's space initiative more optimal. As a NEUDOSE member, I can now contribute to the advancements of space understanding myself along with learning through others.
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marina-manoraj-069539144/

Faaria Khan

Position: 3D CAD Designer
Area of Study: Level II Engineering Physics & Biomedical Engineering
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Super interested in the field of medical biophysics entailing biomedical imaging, cancer mechanisms and models, data science and computational biology, along with regenerative medicine!
Motivation: I always had a passion for being able to bridge the gap between technology and medicine and this club takes it to a whole other level - space! Since McMaster NEUDOSE is an interdisciplinary satellite team, I'm able to learn from a multitude of backgrounds and experiences to address the need for improving quality of life for those willing to explore the cosmos.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/faaria-khan-929950149

Gabriel Marais

Position: Mechanical Designer
Area of Study: Level III Mechanical Engineering
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Space, space exploration, renewable energy, design
Motivation: To participate in a fast pace extracurricular team, and launch something that I worked on into space!
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/gabriel-marais/

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BEN DYER

Position: Thermal Specialist
Area of Study: Level IV Physics, minor in Math and Music
Member Since: August 2016
Science/Engineering Interests: Research of computational fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. I am particularly interested in the fluid dynamics of rocket nozzles, and intend to pursue a masters in the field.
Motivation: I love space, and the idea of putting something in space is really exciting. I joined NEUDOSE for the opportunity to help design and build a satellite that would go to space, and to be a part of research that could aid in the exploration of space. Also, it is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of this project as an undergrad, to gain experience in the field I wish to eventually work in.

Harvir Singh Parmar

Position: Manufacturing Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Mechanical Engineering & Management (Co-op)
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Manufacturing Processes (Including CAM and manual machining), Computer-Aided-Design(CAD), Space Exploration, Aviation, High-Altitude Vehicles, and Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering.
Motivation: I joined the NEUDOSE team because of its unique mission. This team offers me the chance to learn new skills and implement them towards the goal of putting McMaster's first satellite into space. Its a one of kind opportunity that combines two of my favorite topics,engineering and space exploration, into one. But more than that, I always wanted to be apart of something that would help man-kind push into the final frontier, space. And I believe that every bit of help, no matter how small counts.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/harvirsinghparmar

Adam Maunsell

Position: Simulations Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Engineering Physics
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Nuclear and Space
Motivation: I joined the team to learn more about the development process and gain technical experience.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/adam-maunsell

Jonathan Densil

Position: Thermal Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Mechanical Engineering & Management
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Fluid Dynamics and Thermodynamics, especially as it relates to the field of Aerospace Engineering. A deep-seated interest in Quantum Field Theory, for which I am taking elective courses on the side. Research and innovation in optimising air and space travel to become safer, faster, and more efficient.
Motivation: The challenges overcome by engineers and scientists to explore the final frontier has been a great source of inspiration for me: men on the Moon; rovers on Mars; probes on Comets. When I heard that a team at McMaster was launching a satellite to advance the scientific field, I knew that I had to get involved. I thought that this kind of opportunity would only present itself at a much later stage in my life, but now, being able to solve problems, overcome challenges and finally see the satellite launch is beyond words. It is an honour and a privilege to be a part of McMaster University’s first Aerospace Program and Satellite Team, NEUDOSE.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jonathandensil

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Diana Dumitrescu

Position: Thermal Simulation Specialist
Area of Study: Level III Engineering Physics
Member Since:  February 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  My Interests are with Nuclear Engineering, Software Development, Space Technology, and Astronomy.
Motivation: I joined the team because I was looking for a meaningful project that I could contribute to. I was excited to begin learning and applying knowledge outside of the classroom. The experiences I have gained as a member are some of the most valuable in my life.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/diana-dumitrescu/

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Julie Inglis

Position: Thermal Specialist
Area of Study: Level III Honours Physics
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Applied physics, thermal physics and computational physics are all fields that interest me, and of course anything involving space and astronomy.
Motivation: I joined the team because going to space has always been a dream, but if I can’t get there yet then helping to build something that will go to space is just as exciting and worthwhile.

Payload Team

LUIS LOPERA

Position: Payload, Team Leader
Area of Study: Level IV Automotive & Vehicle Technology
Member Since:  January 2015
Science/Engineering Interests: I enjoy anything having to do with macrophysics. I think it’s an incredible area of study and it holds the answers to almost any questions humans can have about our origins and the universe we live in. I also enjoy researching and learning new hybrid technologies for vehicles and how they are designed and implemented. 
Motivation: When Andrei first mentioned the possibility of there being a CubeSat Team at McMaster, I knew that it would not only be an amazing learning experience, but also a revolutionary accomplishment being McMaster's first ever launched satellite with the possibilities of other similar projects and opportunities for the future. I am on the team to help to the best of my ability and to learn from all the experienced students that are a part of the team. It is a very welcoming group of people, and just great to be a part of.

Williem Agnihotri

Position: Hardware Specialist
Area of Study: Level IV Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Electrical Hardware Design, Open source Electronics, New Biomedical Devices, Embedded Systems Design
Motivation:I always get excited reading about new technology. I think it is truly inspiring to be able to create new devices that can benefit people, especially in the biomedical field. NEUDOSE brings the opportunity to work on new interesting technology and to learn valuable skills along the way. I'm excited to be a part of the team!
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/williem-agnihotri-a01116119

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Sehaz Dayal

Position: Hardware Specialist
Area of Study: Level V Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Space Exploration, Biomedical and Space Robotics, Modeling of Biological Systems, Application of Biomedical Engineering to Future Human Spaceflight
Motivation: I’ve always been and continue to be intrigued and inspired by the possibility of human space exploration. The importance of space exploration continues to grow as does its ability to push the limits of science and technology and essentially augment the answer to what is possible. Receiving the opportunity to be a part of McMaster’s Interdisciplinary Satellite Team and assist in the development of a project that will contribute to essential research in the area of long-term human spaceflight further motivates and facilitates my dream to pursue a career in the space industry. Not to mention, it’s simply amazing to be a part of McMaster’s first satellite launch mission!
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sehaz-dayal-4233b3b7

Malcolm Hodgins

Position: Hardware Specialist
Area of Study: Level III Engineering Physics
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Nuclear engineering, analog electronics, and radiation detection
Motivation: NEUDOSE provides an excellent opportunity to participate in a unique interdisciplinary project which incorporates many of the different topics and skills learned over the course of an engineering degree.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/malcolm-hodgins/

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Joe Perri

Position: Firmware Specialist
Area of Study: Level IV Electrical Engineering
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Digital Signal Processing, Embedded Systems, Software Design, Communications Systems
Motivation: The NEUDOSE team gave me the opportunity to directly apply skills I've learned in the classroom into a real world system. The many challenges that accompany this project allow for many opportunities to learn about my own personal interests while using tools commonly found in industry.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/joe-perri-5a4700107/

Samuel Prasad

Position: Manufacturing Specialist
Area of Study: Level III Mechanical Engineering & Management
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Robotics, Space exploration, Manufacturing, Autonomous driving, Electric Automobiles, Go Kart, Metal working and Racing drones.
Motivation: This would be a great opportunity for me to apply my knowledge and skills that I have obtained from academic and personal projects. McMaster NEUDOSE will allow me to encompass my interests along with teaching me a lot about space technology. Since the engineering field is always growing, it will be interesting to have the opportunity to work with emerging technology
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/samuel-prasad

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Amy Ling

Position: 3D CAD Designer
Area of Study: Level II iBiomed + Chem
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Biomedical Engineering, Genetic Engineering, Targeted Drug Delivery, and Astrophysics
Motivation: I joined NEUDOSE because it is a great way to apply my course-learned skills to an innovative and impactful project. I am interested in the biomedical implications of space exploration and I fell in love with 3D modelling during first year, so NEUDOSE was the perfect combination.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/amy-ling-65621a149

Juan Tallavo

Position: 3D CAD Designer
Area of Study: Level II Mechanical Engineering (Co-op)
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  I am really interested in Robotics and how technology can be developed further to replicate human actions to facilitate space exploration. I am also interested in solid mechanics and design as it pertains to aerospace and automotive engineering.
Motivation: I joined the team because I wanted to be a part of a community that is passionate about engineering and is working towards a challenging an meaningful goal. Neudose offers that, and much more! I hope to learn as much as possible from my colleagues as I can while contributing to a unique mission that can bring about important information that is valuable for future human endeavors in space.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/juan-tallavo

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Devin Burke

Position: Simulations and Data Management
Area of Study: PhD, Physics and Astronomy
Member Since:  September 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Nuclear Physics, Radiation Physics, VHDL, and Simulation
Motivation: To contribute to an aerospace project. I have always enjoyed the study of astrophysics (it was the topic of my master's studies) and this is a great opportunity to leverage my specialization in nuclear physics into that field.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/devin-burke-b9a230126

Thomas Domingo

Position: Firmware and Simulations Specialist
Area of Study: PhD, Radiation Sciences - Medical Physics
Member Since:  September 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Gamma-ray spectroscopy, detector development, DAQ development
Motivation: I like space and I like radiation detection. NEUDOSE provides the opportunity to work with and characterise a novel radiation detector which will be going into space which checks all my boxes.

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Michael Pupulin

Position: Data Management Specialist
Area of Study: Level III Math and Stats
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Space exploration, particle physics, cryptography and quantum computing are all interests of mine.
Motivation: It was a rare opportunity for me to learn something new and gain exposure to a lot of really smart students in different areas of study. I get to work with a lot of things I otherwise am not exposed to in the classroom, and I think that's really cool. Being able to contribute to the NEUDOS mission is an amazing experience and is something I'm very proud and excited to be apart of.

Neil Virani

Position: Mechanical Simulation Specialist
Area of Study: Level IV Mechanical Engineering & Management
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Mechanical design, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, Robotics, Unison of mechanical and electrical systems, Autonomous robots/vehicles, Space exploration
Motivation: NEUDOSE gives me the opportunity to apply what I've learned in courses to a real world application. At the same time it opens the opportunity for me to broaden my knowledge in other fields as well as learn new skills that will be useful for my future.

Ruby Yee

Position: Thermal Specialist
Area of Study: Level III Honours Integrated Science, Physics Concentration
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Astrophysics, modern physics, biomedical sciences (especially with regards to physical applications)
Motivation: The NEUDOSE team combines many of the fields which interest me most, spanning across multiple scientific disciplines. Being on the team is, in my opinion, an exciting opportunity to contribute to the creation of something tangible and truly applicable to the future of human space travel.

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Jordan Cowan

Position: TEPC Digital Electronics Specialist
Area of Study: Electrical & Biomedical Engineering Level V
Member Since:  October 2016
Science/Engineering Interests:  Embedded systems design, computer vision, machine learning, control systems, advancements in aerospace and biomedical engineering
Motivation: When I heard about the team I knew immediately that it would lead to exciting challenges and opportunities. I was drawn to the team not only for the chance to contribute to a great project in a field of interest to me, but also because of the passion and drive of the team members. Tackling the problems of designing a space ready system with a group of brilliant students seemed like exactly the kind of team for me.

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BHAVESH KAKWANI

Position: Data Acquisition Electronics Specialist
Area of Study: Electrical & Biomedical Engineering Graduate
Member Since:  October 2015
Science/Engineering Interests:  Space-grade electronics, Embedded systems, Control systems, Wearables
Motivation: My love for space was ignited as a child when I read an encyclopedia describing satellites, the planets of the solar system, and our galaxy. I am taken aback by the immensity of the cosmos when I stargaze at night, and I cried tears of joy as I watched the Falcon 9's first successful first-stage landing. We must venture out into the universe and explore and learn: that is the ultimate goal! And when I found out that our university is going to launch a satellite to help fulfill that very goal, I signed up immediately!
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bhaveshkakwani/

ALEX MELNICHUK

Position: Alumni Collaborator, Payload
Area of Study: Level IV Electrical Engineering
Member Since:  July 2015
Science/Engineering Interests:  I love learning new things about the world we live in and help develop technologies that better our everyday lives. I have a particular interest in astronautics and the way that electrical and computer engineering could further advance human's ability to explore our solar system.
Motivation: NEUDOSE is a fantastic opportunity for me to explore my passion for all things space. Being a part of a team that could help future space missions (of which I could possibly be an astronaut on) is incredibly exciting.
LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/alexmelnichuk

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CHELSEA URQUICO

Position: TEPC Digital Electronics Specialist
Area of Study: Electrical & Biomedical Engineering Graduate
Member Since:  October 2016
Science/Engineering Interests: Electrical hardware design, IoT integration, biomedical instrumentation
Motivation: Biomedical engineering is all about designing better methods for examining and improving healthcare and the study of human health, and what cooler application is there than being a part of designing an instrument to do just that! NEUDOSE provides an awesome opportunity to learn more about hardware, software and firmware design and apply these skills towards a unique problem, and I'm excited and thankful to be a part of the process!

Systems Team

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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.

Jason Surendran

Position: Operations & Controls Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Mechatronics Engineering & Management
Member Since:  July 2018
Science/Engineering Interests: Currently I am interested in machine learning and its application to IT Security. Specifically the development of an algorithm that is able to detect signs of hacking/infiltration and work towards stopping it while the act is in progress. Outside of this I am very passionate about general relativity and its effect in the time warp of black holes as this could provide some new avenues of exploration in the concept of theoretical time travel.
Motivation: Being able to contribute to the development of biomedical engineering specifically in the area of space technology, while still in university, was and is a very appealing opportunity. Through the implementation of the NEUDOSE mission, and more importantly the knowledge gained from it, the potential for humans to develop more advanced suits for longer/further space exploration becomes more apparent. Also the information gained from this may be applied to other areas of biotechnology outside of space exploration (think about the rapid growth in our understanding of the effects of radiation on the human body in preparation for the Apollo missions, which has since been used in other applications). As a big sci-fi enthusiast, this only a stepping stone in making my favourite genre into a reality.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jason-surendran/

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SEBASTIAN SIMIC

Position: Orbital Simulation Specialist
Area of Study: Level II Chemical Engineering
Member Since:  September 2017
Science/Engineering Interests: I’m interested in space exploration and increasing our knowledge of the vast universe our tiny planet is in. I am also interested in improving our sustainable energy situation and hope to graduate and enter this field of work.
Motivation: By being a part of the NEUDOSE team, I am able to actively apply my understanding of general physics and science towards something that can help us better understand radiation effects on the human body. 
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sebastian-simic-702684135

Operations Team

Mitchell Bakarich

Position: Webmaster
Area of Study: Level V Mechanical Engineering & Management, Co-op
Member Since:  October 2017
Science/Engineering Interests:  I love learning about physics concepts as they are applied to the study of space and the human body. Bio-mechanics, kinesiology, architecture, optics, and photography are all major interests of mine.
Motivation: All my life I have been fascinated with the vastness of space. I have always wanted to share this passion with as many people as possible; to teach astronomical concepts that can often be difficult to wrap our human heads around. My goal is to contribute to the inspiration that the McMaster Interdisciplinary Satellite Team provides to the local science/engineering communities around McMaster.
Website/Portfolio: www.mitchellbakarich.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mitchellbakarich

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Maya Chepovetsky

Position: Digital Media Specialist
Area of Study: Level I Humanities
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Not much knowledge in science/engineering but hopefully I'll learn a lot with this experience!
Motivation: I wanted to apply my interests of film and photography in a new and exciting field.

Keyang Mei

Position: Digital Media Specialist
Area of Study: Level III Actuarial & Financial Math
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  I have always been interested in science and engineering when I was little. I enjoy designing aspect of engineering and like the idea of application of scientific knowledge in the real world problem. Physics is one of my favorite subjects. I also like applied mathematics.
Motivation: I did two years of electrical engineering before switching to the current program. Therefore, I am very passionate about using my knowledge in engineering background to help the team to connect with the general public. Nowadays digital media has become one of the most popular ways of communication, I hope this position can use my knowledge in science and engineering to help create better digital content.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/keyang-mei

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Hanna Koch

Position: Social Media Specialist
Area of Study: Level I Business
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  Space Exploration, Integration of Technology in Everyday Life, Ecology, Environmental Science and Sustainability
Motivation: I have been looking for an opportunity to apply my interest in social media and marketing in a new and unfamiliar setting, and NEUDOSE seemed like the perfect fit. While I don't have a background working with science/engineering related information, my goal is that this experience will expand my area of expertise and push me to become a better, more effective communicator.

Bri Conn

Position: Finance Specialist
Area of Study: Level III Engineering Physics & Society
Member Since:  October 2018
Science/Engineering Interests:  I am interested in pursuing and learning more about aerospace engineering, space exploration and modern physics. I am also pursuing photonics and energy systems in my degree. Additionally, I am passionate about science communication and teaching youth about the possibilities that science and engineering can provide them with.
Motivation: I have always had a great interest in space exploration and understanding how our existence on planet Earth came to be. Joining NEUDOSE is a great opportunity for me to gain experience working with this team on a very meaningful project and learning more about operations of a large-scale project.
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/briconn

Alumni Members

Dawson Bonneville

Position: Orbital Analysis Specialist, Team Leader

Member: January 2015 - March 2018

TOMA CHICERMAN

Position: Attitude Control Specialist

Member:  January 2015 - September 2015

CHRIS CIAMBELLA

Position: Satellite Structure Specialist

Member:  June 2015 - May 2016 

LINKUN CHEN

Position: Electrical Power Specialist

Member:  January 2015 - May 2016

SPENCER DEEVY

Position: Embedded Systems Design Engineer, Software Lead

Member:  September 2015 - May 2017

GREGORY DE LAUNAY

Position: Director of External Affairs

Member:  January 2015 - October 2015

VINAYAK DESHPANDE

Position: TEPC Mechanical Specialist

Member:  January 2015 - May 2016

RICHARD GARNETT

Position: TEPC and Scintillation Specialist

Member:  June 2015 - September 2016

ROBIN GOYAL

Position: Air Bearing Testbed Testing

Member:  January 2015 - December 2016

Nathan hutten

Position: Ground Station Specialist

Member:  January 2017 - February 2018

VANESSA KANG

Position: Groundstation Specialist

Member:  January 2015 - October 2016

MILAN KORDIC

Position: TEPC Electronics Specialist

Member:  June 2015 - May 2016

JONATHAN LA

Position: Electrical Power Specialist

Member:  January 2015 - August 2015

MOEEN MAMAPARO

Position: Embedded Systems Engineer

Member:  January 2015 - August 2015

Anthony Mansour

Position: Ground Station Specialist, Team Leader

Member: January 2017 - February 2018

Brian McCrindle

Position: Ground Station Specialist & ADCS Control Systems Specialist

Member: September 2016 - February 2018

ALEX OTTO

Position: ACD Specialist

Member Since:  January 2015 - May 2016

Karanjeet panesar

Position: Ground Station Specialist

Member:  January 2017 - February 2018

Sanjana Raman

Position: Director of Relations
Member Since: September 2017 - May 2018

MIKE THIBAULT

Position: Satellite Structure Specialist

Member:  January 2015 - May 2015

Amanda Thomas

Position: Junior Electrical Power Specialist

Member: September 2017 - February 2018

EVAN THOMAS

Position: TEPC Development Specialist

Member:  January 2015 - January 2016

BRANDON WAGSTAFF

Position: Communications Specialist

Member:  January 2015 - December 2015