Astronaut | Physician | Scientist | Photographer
The first Canadian woman and neurologist to fly in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contributions to space medicine research, fine art photography, and environment education. She expanded the horizons of millions when she joined the space shuttle Discovery for its 1992 mission, where she conducted experiments for 18 countries in the International Microgravity Laboratory, a precursor to the International Space Station. Her highly motivational talks — punctuated by her stunning photographs — focus on change, social responsibility, and our environment.
For more than a decade after her spaceflight, Dr. Bondar headed an international space medicine research team, finding new connections between astronauts recovering from spaceflight and neurological illnesses on Earth, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Her techniques have been used in clinical studies at the B. I. Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bondar was also Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario for six years.
Dr. Bondar is a leading speaker and consultant within the medical and scientific communities, and in the field of corporate social responsibility and care for the Earth's environment. She is the co-founder and president of The Roberta Bondar Foundation, a not-for profit charitable organization created to inspire people of all ages to connect with nature through photography. She is also the author of four bestselling books featuring her writing and photography.
Dr. Bondar holds a BSc in Zoology and Agriculture, MSc in Experimental Pathology, PhD in Neurobiology, MD, and is a Board-Certified Neurologist by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She sub-specialized in Neuro-ophthalmology at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston and at Toronto Western Hospital.
Among many awards and honours, Dr. Bondar has been recognized with the NASA Space Medal, inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame for her pioneering research in space medicine. She has also received 28 Honorary Degrees from universities across Canada and is a Companion of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Order of Ontario. She is also a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an Honorary Fellow and Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and has her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Wagdi Habashi is a McGill University Professor and directs its Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. He holds a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from Cornell. After acting as Pratt & Whitney’s aerodynamics consultant for 24 years he was named its first external Fellow in 2001. He has since then held 3 successive 5-year NSERC Industrial Research Chairs in Aerospace Sciences with Bombardier Aerospace, Bell Flight, CAE, Silicon Graphics and Lockheed Martin.
Professor Habashi has lectured at and collaborated with most aerospace OEMs in North America, Europe and Asia, with close to 400 scientific publications, at least one third of them with industry.
He is a Chevalier (Knight) de l’Ordre national du Québec, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
He is the recipient of a multitude of scientific and industrial awards, among them the Steacie Fellowship, the Killam Prize and the James Floyd Award.
He is the founder-President of Newmerical Technologies International, developer of the FENSAP-ICE In-Flight Icing simulation system used in 30 countries and acquired by ANSYS in 2015. Following this, Professor Habashi started CERTIF-ICE, Inc., a company active in the field of in-flight icing certification, responsible for the natural icing certification of COMAC’s ARJ21 and AVIC’s Y-12F, and shortly COMAC’s new single-aisle C919.
Dr. Carl Lund earned a B. S. from Purdue in 1976 and a Ph. D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1981, both in chemical engineering. His Ph. D. studies focused upon particle size and support effects in high temperature water-gas shift over iron oxides. After graduation, he worked at the Exxon Corporate Research Science Laboratories until 1986. His work at Exxon was primarily in the areas of carbon deposition and carbon gasification. In 1986 he moved to the Chemical Engineering Department at the University at Buffalo, where he currently holds the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor.. In the classroom, Professor Lund is known for his long-term use of active learning and a so-called “flipped classroom.” He is currently studying the use of “homework wrappers” to aid students’ metacognitive development. He is currently the chair of the Department of Engineering Education. In the past, he has served as Associate Dean for Research and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.