1. Susan Van Weert

    I saw Dr. Thirsk interview on CPAC and was so impressed that I told one Korean
    community college student majoring in IT, that she should look up the bio of Dr.Thirsk and find out what program she could enter at U. of Calgary which would take her to the next level using her knowledge of IT and discovering the phenomenal field of space science which Dr. Thirst has helped develop, if I am not mistaken.

    Could you recommend a program for an IT grad. in the innovative environment of U of Calgary so that I can pass this information along to her as I promised?

    1. Robert Thirsk

      Hello Susan. It is good to hear from you. Yes, the University of Calgary is a good place to pursue a program in IT.

      The best advice I can give to your college student is for her to follow her passion. Do not follow an educational path simply because she thinks that it might lead to a career in space. There are many trajectories to space! She should follow the path that makes the most sense for someone with her abilities and interests. Get as much exposure to team work settings with opportunities in leadership and followership roles. An international perspective and second language capability would also be beneficial.

      She may wish to contact the Canadian Space Agency in St-Hubert, Quebec and inquire about elective or internship opportunities in IT, AI or robotics. http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/jobs/default.asp For a well-rounded introduction to space issues, consider attending the Masters (one year) or SSP program (9 weeks) of International Space University. I recommend that she join the local chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS Canada) in order to meet like-minded people. She might also consider joining the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI). Participation in SEDS and CASI activities will inform her about graduate-level and career opportunities and put her in contact with relevant workers in the space program.

      Hope this helps, Susan. Thanks for being a mentor to this young woman.

      Robert Thirsk


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