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Catherine Tsouvaltsidis
Program Studied
University(s) / College(s) Attended:
York University
Education / Degree(s):
B. Eng (Space Engineering)
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Current Job Title:
Head, Research and Development
Current Employer:
Thoth Technology Inc.

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Fun Facts About Me

If your best friend had to describe you in 10 words or less, what would they say?
Catherine is calm, persistant, and explorative. She is always using her skills to empower and inspire other women in engineering to pursue their dreams.
Share one fun fact about yourself.
I have a huge fascination with outer space and if I could be given the opportunity to travel to another galaxy I would.
What do you want to accomplish in the next 10 years?
I would like to find ways to help large scale remote sensing studies of Earth. I would like to create new miniaturized space instrumentation that can be used on cubesat constellations and help us to understand the our planet on a larger, worldwide scale.
The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?
Sara Seager is the most inspiring space engineer/scientist I know because of her work involving deep space research to find Earth-like exoplanets. She has pushed the boundaries of space sciences and created ingenious space-based techniques to be able to capture more relevant data on exoplanets.

Profile Questions

Why did you choose to study engineering?
I decided that if I was going to pursue a university education that it would be in something I loved. I had always been infatuated with space so when I found a Space Engineering degree program, I knew it was meant to be. Plus I had always been a tinkerer and hardware hacker, so engineering made sense.
What are your best memories of your engineering education?
My capstone project was my best memory of my engineering education. We performed a high altitude ballooning project where we measured atmospheric parameters and compared them to know data. It was a huge project - we built everything from scratch because we couldn't afford to buy the pre-made equipment. It was a cumulation of hardware, software, laboratory and field work, and ingenuity. It sparked my interest in RF engineering and led me to explore how remote sensing is performed.
How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?
My engineering degree really taught me how to problem solve and to view both the small and large picture. This has helped me in my current career to find solutions to problems that either clients or the company has, design implementations and execute them.
What do you love most about your career?
I love being able to continuously challenge myself and my pre-conceptions.
What was the most enjoyable project you've been involved with?
The revamping and upgrading of the Algonquin Radio Observatory. I loved being able to discover systems and implement hardware and software solution upgrades in order to make the dish run once again.
What's next in your career?
I am working on my leadership and communication skill sets in hopes that I can help find ways to lead others both in and out of the workplace.
What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?
Engineering is a fantastic field to be in with many opportunities for young people with varied skill sets and abilities. Together we can create a better world for us all.