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Mays Ahmad

May's Biography

Mays Ahmad grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Carleton University with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering - focus on aerodynamics, propulsion and vehicle performance. Her past experience includes working as a Technical Officer in Global Affairs Canada, Program Manager for the NSERC-Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering and as a Research Program Officer at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Currently she is an Engineer, Program Manager at the Canadian Space Agency. In her spare time she enjoys painting and learning how to snowboard.

Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering

Engineer, Project Managment

My role exposes me to the earliest phases of upcoming space projects. I have this amazing opportunity to be a part of managing the development of space technology and interfacing with Canada’s brightest minds which is very humbling and exciting.

I was selected for the Dr. Roberta Bondar Career Development Program which will provide a unique opportunity to gain new perspectives and learn how industry and public sectors each contribute to innovation in Canada. Working on a Canadian Space Technology Trend Assessment that will feed into a cohesive and strategic approach guiding Canada’s future technology development investments.

Having great mentors who allowed me to better understand my strengths and weaknesses and to ultimately uncover my own potential. Being adaptable and exposed to different aspects of an organisation really helps in understanding the bigger picture.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions– be versatile and commit to being a life long learner. Be open to stepping outside of your comfort zone, you never know where it may lead you!

Through outreach and professional development activities, research, partnerships, thought leadership and online initiatives, we work with industry and academia to educate on the value of diversity for innovation, to inspire women to thrive and to celebrate the contributions of women in science and engineering.
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