Articles By Andrew Fazekas

  • A Maple Leaf on Mars: Interview with Canada's Mars Exploration Lead

    "There are tremendous opportunities in Canada right now for young scientists and engineers, but the number could be higher with increased funding." - Alain Berinstain, Director of Planetary Exploration and Space Astronomy, Canadian Space Agency

  • A Phoenix Flies to Mars

    "This is a lifelong dream come true for me. For the first time Canadian-built science will actually touch down on the Martian surface, and I am taking part." - Isabelle Tremblay, Phoenix mission systems engineer, Canadian Space Agency

  • Attack of the Dinobots

    "The biggest challenge was working hand-in-hand with artists, translating their requirements into our engineering requirements," says Tim Reedman, chief project engineer and director of research and development at MD Robotics.

  • Postdoc Fellowships in Government

    "While this may not necessarily be the way to get a government job," says Candace Robinson, team leader for the physical, earth sciences, and ecology NSERC fellowship programs, "it is a good way to get experience in government and see if it's something that you like."

  • Sowing the Seeds of Science

    "The government of Canada's investment in researchers through the CRC allows them to further their careers and supervise and train the next generation of scientists," says René Durocher, executive director of the Canada Research Chair program.

  • Gatekeepers of Innovation

    I still feel that I am very much in touch with science, only without the burden of having to do bench work 60-hours-plus a week," says Daniel Begin, a senior patent examiner at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

  • Deep-Sea Sojourn Explores Space Age Medicine

    What's really neat is if you can use these opportunities to create technology accelerators [telerobotic surgery] and create international collaborative teams, then you can go forward and do great things," explains David Williams, Canadian astronaut and commander of the underwater NEEMO 7 mission.

  • Seeing the Light

    "I do very advanced programming that targets very advanced research and development that is extremely technically challenging, and clearly having a degree and background in physics makes me the right person to be doing this," says James Pond, co-founder of the software company Lumerical Solutions."

  • Navigating by the Numbers

    "Everything on Earth has a location attached to it, and geomatics engineers measure and map that," explains Elizabeth Cannon, world expert in GPS technology. "Software simply is the tool of choice in our tool kit that allows us to test and develop newer and better methodologies."

  • Funding Face-Off

    "You have to understand the economics of the industry you want to be in and work on projects that matter to corporations," says Stephen Murphy, director of R&D for the Hockey Company.