University of Calgary

Inspiring the next generation of female scientists

University of Calgary grad and aerospace engineer Natalie Panek to share passion for science at TELUS Spark May 17

May 16, 2013

Aerospace engineer and University of Calgary graduate Natalie Panek wants to encourage more women to become the next generation of space scientists.

A mission systems engineer and robotics operator at Toronto’s MDA Space Missions, Panek will share her passion for science with a theatre of young women when she presents “Innovating for Extreme Environments” at TELUS Spark on Friday, May 17 at 11 a.m.

Panek is in Calgary to accept the University of Calgary Alumni Association’s Graduate of the Last Decade Award. Though only 28-years-old, the Schulich School of Engineering BSc’07 graduate can fly a plane, has interned at NASA and was part of the University of Calgary’s first solar car team.

She is also a tireless advocate for women in technology and is a mentor and frequent speaker across Canada.

WHAT: Media are invited to attend “Innovating for Extreme Environments” and speak with Panek afterwards.

WHEN: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11 a.m.

WHERE: TELUS Spark, Digital Dome Theatre, 220 St. George's Drive NE

WHO: Natalie Panek, mission systems engineer and robotics operator at MDA Space Missions

University of Calgary Alumni Association’s 2013 Graduate of the Last Decade recipient.