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Natasha Jackson

“My #AeroPassion is enabling new capability.”
Natash's Biography

Natasha grew up in Red Deer, Alberta. She obtained both a glider pilot and private pilot licenses through the Air Cadet program, and later served as an Air Cadet gliding instructor. Natasha attended Carleton University where she earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in Space Systems Design. She completed co-op terms at the National Research Council’s Gas Turbine Laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency. She’s currently working in Abbotsford, BC at Cascade Aerospace where she works as a mechanical design EIT developing major modifications for large aircraft.

I’m a mechanical design EIT working on an engineering team developing major modification products for large aircraft. The project I’m currently involved adds auxiliary fuel and extra payload capability to an existing aircraft. I’ve worked on the design of structural assemblies for this modification, analyses to support certification, and have taken on a leadership role in auxiliary fuel system design.

Cascade Aerospace is a specialty aerospace and defence contractor focused on providing long-term integrated aircraft support programs for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), military, government and commercial customers.

Cascade takes on developmental programs that tackle many of the same challenges as OEMs. Working in a smaller team at Cascade, I get great exposure to a wide variety of problems.

While at the Canadian Space Agency I had a chance to participate in a concept study for a planetary penetrator mission to Enceladus. The penetrator would be released from a parent spacecraft over Enceladus and fall to the surface, impacting and embedding itself. From here it would collect data to support astrobiology and planetary science investigations.

Cascade’s work maintains and adds products to both commercial and military aircraft.

That gender differences are truly not a factor and not even given any thought in employment matters or opportunity, consciously or subconsciously. I want us to reach a point where it’s not necessary to talk about women in aerospace or in science or in engineering, etc. I’ll support this by doing my job to the best of my ability and being an example of someone doing the job in equal standing with my male peers. Of course I’ll also work to make any inequality I do encounter visible and work to correct it.

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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