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Brigette VanAert

“My #AeroPassion is contributing to exceptional machines by writing great code.”
Brigette's Biography

Brigette was raised on a dairy farm in Southern Ontario. In 2006, she moved to Ottawa to gain a BSc in General Science and a BASc in Software Engineering. Her interest in aerospace began with her co-op placements at Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing and NAV Canada. After graduating, she worked in satellite imagery company PCI Geomatics and eventually ended up at Honeywell Aerospace where she has worked on embedded code on Satellite Data Units for the last 4 years.

As Engineer II at Honeywell Aerospace in Ottawa Ontario I develop embedded software for Satellite Data Units on various aircraft.

Honeywell is a multinational diversified technology company with interests in a many aspects of Aerospace Engineering. Honeywell has contracts with companies such as Boeing, Airbus and Bombardier to create a variety of components including communications, environmental controls, flight management systems, integrated cockpit, sensors and switches etc.

Airplanes are incredibly large integrated systems with a huge number of components coming together with tight safety requirements. Additionally, physical limitations to space and weight make interesting problems to find an optimal solution while working under multiple constraints.

My final co-op placement during my software engineering degree I was placed at NAV Canada in the Flight Inspection Engineering department. I worked on software used to test aeronautical radar sensors at airports. This experience introduced me to many aeronautics concepts and allowed me to ride along in test flights which was a great experience.

I create easy to use, reliable software on aircraft that allows people to travel safely and conveniently.

Ideally in 25 years the need to distinguish women in aerospace will have declined as we become more prevalent in the industry. This can only be achieved by encouraging an interest in STEM fields with younger women, and creating a welcoming environment for those that join the industry.

You learn the most from pushing outside of your comfort zone. Don’t let imposter syndrome stop you from pursuing something that interests 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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