Dr. Philip Ferguson is a space systems engineer and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto in Engineering Science (Aerospace option). He holds a Masters and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aerospace Engineering. Following graduate school, he developed attitude control systems for small space telescopes at Microsat Systems Canada Inc., eventually becoming the Engineering Manager for all attitude control systems products. Dr. Ferguson then took a position at Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg, where he grew into the position of Engineering Manager for the electrical and software engineering teams in support of Magellan’s Space and Defense contracts. From 2014 until 2017, Dr. Ferguson was the Vice President of Product Development at PrecisionHawk Inc., where was responsible for all aircraft and payload systems engineering as well as production. Presently, Dr. Ferguson holds the NSERC / Canadian Space Agency / Magellan Aerospace Industrial Research Chair in Satellite Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Ferguson’s research focuses on new spacecraft manufacturing and control technologies that can improve satellite reliability while simultaneously reducing the cost and design cycle times, thereby improving the accessibility of space. Dr. Ferguson lives on a small hobby farm in Vivian, Manitoba with his wife and two daughters.
Brent Ostermann is enterprise vice president, engineering, for StandardAero in Winnipeg. Standard Aero operates the General Electric Testing, Research, Development Center (GE TRDC), a facility that performs new development aircraft engine testing during the regulatory certification process. The facility has capacity to test the largest, most powerful engines in the world manufactured by General Electric. The facility is capable of performing tests on aircraft engines up to 150,000 lbs of thrust. Types of testing at the facility include icing, ingestion (including bird and sand), endurance and performance evaluation.