Natalie Panek

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Natalie Panek
Natalie Panek, NASA internship with Henning Leidecker.jpg
Panek during her 2008 NASA internship with Dr. Henning Leidecker
Alma materUniversity of Calgary
University of Toronto
EmployerMDA
Known forAerospace Engineering
Science Communication

Natalie Panek is an award-winning Canadian working in aerospace engineering. She works in the robotics and automation division of the space technology company MDA.

Education[edit]

Panek grew up in Calgary, Alberta, where she was the only girl in her high school physics class.[1] She competed in the North American Solar Challenge in 2005. Panek completed a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary in 2007.[2] She earned a masters in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2009.[3] In Summer 2008, she worked at Goddard Space Flight Center.[3]

Career[edit]

After graduating, Panek attended the International Space University at Ames Research Center.[3] Panek works at the space technology company MDA where she works on Canadian space exploration and robotics. She has been described as the Roberta Bondar of her generation.[4][3] She is on the engineering team building the chassis and locomotion systems for European Space Agency's Rosalind Franklin Mars rover.[1][5]

Public engagement and diversity[edit]

Canada’s Financial Post describes Panek as “a vocal advocate for women in technology”.[6] She regularly gives interviews about her career and campaigns for more women in science.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] In 2012 she delivered a TEDx Youth talk, Revolutionising Female Empowerment.[15] In 2015 she delivered a TEDx talk in Toronto, Space, Our Invisible Landfill, which has been viewed over one million times.[16]

Panek was a presenter at the Ontario Science Centre RBC Innovator's Ball in 2016.[17] She appeared on an episode of CBC Television's The Next 150, Our Canada needs more everyday explorers.[18] She is a speaker with the National Speakers Bureau.[19] She spoke at the 2016 Women of Influence and 2017 Girl Talk Empowerment conferences.[20][21][22]

She was part of the "#Canada150Women" campaign by author Paulina Cameron.[23][24] She is a cybermentor with the University of Calgary's online program.[25]

Alongside her work and advocacy, Panek enjoys backpacking.[26] She is a champion of Trans Canada Trail.[27]

Awards and honours[edit]

2013 - University of Calgary Graduate of the Last Decade Award [2]

2013 - Northern Lights Aero Foundation Rising Star[28]

2013 - CBC’s 12 young leaders changing Canada[29]

2014 - WXN's Top 100 Award Winner[30]

2015 - Forbes 30 under 30[31]

2015 - Flare magazine's 30 under 30[32]

2016 - Wings Magazine Top 20 under 40[33]

2016 - Canada's Greatest Women Explorers Canadian Geographic[34]

2018 - Inspiring Fifty Canada

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rocket Scientist Natalie Panek Wants To Go To Space. And Take More Women With Her". HuffPost Canada. 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  2. ^ a b "Past Arch Awards Recipients". University of Calgary. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ a b c d "Natalie Panek". University of Toronto Alumni. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ "Natalie Panek - MDA Corporation". Vimeo. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  5. ^ "Natalie Panek". STEM Women on fire. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  6. ^ Panek, Natalie. "Natalie Panek | Speaker | TED". Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  7. ^ "Rocket Scientist Natalie Panek Keynote on Breaking Boundaries". Inside The Perimeter. 2016-06-17. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  8. ^ "Ms. Chatelaine: Space explorer Natalie Panek". Chatelaine. 2016-05-01. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  9. ^ "Natalie Panek: Rocket Scientist, Explorer". Create the Future. 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  10. ^ "Natalie Panek - SheSource Expert - Women's Media Center". www.womensmediacenter.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  11. ^ "Natalie Panek: Rocket scientist. Women in STEM advocate. Pilot. Aspiring astronaut". TechRepublic. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  12. ^ "Rocket scientist encourages young women to shoot for the stars in their career choices". Windsor Star. 2017-11-03. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  13. ^ "Natalie Panek Is Revolutionizing How We Think About Women In Tech". Women You Should Know®. 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  14. ^ "Dr. Greg Wells | Dr. Greg Wells". drgregwells.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  15. ^ TEDxYouth (2012-12-19), Revolutionizing Female Empowerment: Natalie Panek at TEDxYouth@Toronto, retrieved 2018-03-05
  16. ^ Panek, Natalie, Let's clean up the space junk orbiting Earth, retrieved 2018-03-05
  17. ^ OntarioScienceCentre (2017-02-28), Discovering…A New Wilderness: Natalie Panek, Rocket Scientist, retrieved 2018-03-05
  18. ^ "The Next 150 | Episode 13: "Our Canada needs more everyday explorers"". CBC Listen. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  19. ^ "Natalie Panek | Space & Exploration Speaker". National Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  20. ^ "Aspiring Astronaut Natalie Panek on #WomenInSTEM". Women of Influence. 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  21. ^ "Natalie Panek shares her empowering journey as a female rocket scientist". Breakfast Television Toronto. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  22. ^ "GIRL TALK Day 2017: Speakers & Performers | Girl Talk Empowerment". www.girltalkempowerment.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  23. ^ "Fellows Journal January/February 2018 - The Royal Canadian Geographical Society". www.rcgs.org. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  24. ^ "Meet the Women | Canada 150 Women". Canada 150 Women. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  25. ^ "Robots in Space". Cybermentor. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  26. ^ Wisniewski, Dominik (2017-05-08). "Rocket scientist Natalie Panek speaks at Cobourg event". NorthumberlandNews.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  27. ^ "Champions | The Great Trail". TC Trail. 2016-11-21. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  28. ^ "Northern Lights Aero Foundation – Women. Aerospace. Aviation". northernlightsaerofoundation.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  29. ^ Carletti, Fabiola. "12 young leaders changing Canada in this week's Generation Why - Your Community". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  30. ^ https://www.wxnetwork.com. "WXN Cocktail event in Toronto with Rocket Scientist Natalie Panek | WXN - Women's Executive Network | At WXN we inspire smart women to lead". www.wxnetwork.com. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  31. ^ Knapp, Alex. "Natalie Panek, 29 - pg.22". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  32. ^ "30 Under 30: Natalie Panek, Rocket Scientist - Flare". Flare. 2015-03-09. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  33. ^ "Top 20 Under 40 | Wings". Wings. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  34. ^ "Natalie Panek". Jasper Dark Sky Festival. Retrieved 2018-03-05.

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