Aaron Persad (EngSci 0T6, MIE PhD 1T4) is one of five U of T Engineering alumni named to the Canadian Space Agency’s shortlist of candidates to become Canada’s next astronaut.
“I felt excited, honoured and a bit surprised, since I knew I was competing with very highly qualified colleagues,” said Persad. “While space is big, the space community is small and I am delighted to see that several colleagues are also in the CSA shortlist.”
A postdoctoral fellow currently working in the lab of Professor David Sinton (MIE), Persad is one of 72 people from across Canada under consideration for two upcoming astronaut roles with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Other U of T Engineering alumni on the list include:
- Jesse Koovik Eyer (UTIAS PhD 0T9)
- Francis James Frenzel (UTIAS MASc 1T0)
- Cordell Grant (UTIAS MASc 0T5)
- Najmus Ibrahim (EngSci 0T9, UTIAS MASc 1T3)