The WISE NL - Statoil Speaker Series is a regularly scheduled event, open to the public and designed to tell the story of women’s contributions in science and engineering. 


Friday June 6, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM NDT




Memorial University
Engineering and Applied Sciences
EN 2006 ( Angus Bruneau Engineering Lecture Theatre)
St. John's, NL A1B 3X5 




Vesna Kerezi, Speaker Series Coordinator 
864-2484 or 727-7883 

"A Day in a Life of a Canadian Astronaut" with Major Jeremy R. Hansen 


Major Jeremy R. Hansen from Canadian Space Agency will speak about his career path - how, from the shy farm boy he was, he became a fighter pilot and then one of only two Canadian astronauts. He will talk about the importance of finding goals and pursuing them and provide insights on women in the Canadian space industry.


About the Speaker 

Major Jeremy R. Hansen, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut 

Born and raised in Ontario, Jeremy joined the Air Cadet Program at the age of 12 and obtained both glider and private pilot licenses through this program by the age of 17. This experience led to his acceptance to the Royal Military College where he earned a Bachelor in Space Science and a Master in Physics, and became a CF-18 fighter pilot.

Jeremy was selected by the Canadian Space Agency in May 2009 as one of two members of the third Canadian Astronaut selection. In 2011, he graduated from NASA’s Astronaut Candidate Training.

While waiting for a flight assignment, Jeremy works as Capcom at NASA’s Mission Control Center—the voice between the ground and the ISS—and is assigned to the Astronaut Training branch.

In addition to his day-to-day work, Jeremy takes training in spacewalk and robotics while continuing to learn Russian. He has taken part in geological expeditions in the High Arctic and participated in the European Space Agency’s CAVES program, during which he lived underground for six days. Major Hansen also continues to fly the CF18 fighter jet with the Royal Canadian Air Force and had the privilege to inspire young Canadians by flying the historical Hawk One F86 Sabre jet. 




Refreshments and networking follow the presentation.

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