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Natalie Panek

Natalie Panek

Rocket Scientist

MDA's Robotics and Automation division

Toronto, Canada Area

Natalie is a Mission Systems Engineer at MDA Robotics and Automation, working on Canadian space robotics and other space exploration programs. She is on a mission to inspire women to dive head-on into challenge and pursue careers in engineering and tech. Natalie is the 2013 recipient of the University of ...





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Keynote, Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series, 2015
Panelist, Women's Executive Network Top 100 SUMMIT, 2014
Speaker, WeDay Waterloo, 2014
Panelist, Art + Science with Margaret Atwood, Discourse and Dynamics, 2014
Invited Speaker, Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation, 2014
Keynote, Lebanon Valley College, College Colloquium Series, 2014
Speaker, WeDay Toronto, 2014
Visionary and Panelist, A Bold Vision, 2014
Panelist, Women in Manufacturing SUMMIT, 2014
Invited Speaker, Curieosity Student Leadership Conference, 2014
Keynote, Science Technology Awareness Network Annual Conference, 2014
Panelist, FABTECH Women in Manufacturing, 2014
Invited Speaker, Women in Aviation Worldwide Week, 2014
Invited Speaker, TEDxTheAnnexWomen, 2013
Keynote, Women Engineering the Future Expo, 2013
Invited Speaker, Beakerhead Presents Walrus Talks: Experimentation, 2013
Closing Remarks, Chris Hadfield – The Greatest Outdoor Show Above Earth, 2013
Keynote, Engineering Associates Program, University of Calgary, 2013
Distinguished Speaker, U of T Aerospace and Defense Engineering Networking Night, 2013
Headlining Speaker, Girl Geeks Toronto Monthly Speaker Series, 2013
Keynote, Bombardier International Women’s Day, 2013
Distinguished Speaker, Women in Aviation Worldwide Week, 2013
Invited Speaker, TedxYouth@Toronto, 2012
Women in Aerospace Panelist, International Women’s Day, 2012

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Mission Systems Engineer

• Systems engineering for DARPA HPA and Tools.
• Project and Systems engineering for Lunar Dust Mitigation Technologies.
• Systems engineering for robotic dexterous tool design for orbital debris mitigation.
• Systems Engineering and Flight Support for the International Space Station (ISS).
• Systems and Operations Engineering for the Next Generation Canadarm (NGC) program.
• Key company resource for performing detailed workspace and trajectory analysis for robotics.
• Mission planning & robotic operator for on-site demos to CSA, NASA, DARPA, SpaceX, etc.
• Requirements development/validation/verification for end-to-end integrated robotic testing.
• Integration and Testing for robotic and space-qualified hardware.
• Graphical User Interface (GUI) concept development focusing on Ecological Interface Design.

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