In this episode, we speak with fellow Western Space alumni Dr. Raymond Francis. Raymond holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, a Master’s in Physics (Space Science) from the Royal Military College of Canada, and a PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Western University in collaboration with the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration. Raymond has worn many hats, from testing autonomous instruments in the Canadian high artic and deserts in California, supporting airbourne science operations for the Airbourne Snow Observatory, and getting his pilot’s license. Raymond talks about how his journey involved many obstacles and challenges along the way and difficult decisions that would have impacted the entire start of his career in space exploration. From working as a graduate trainee at the European Space Agency working on micro-gravity payloads to now being the Science Team Training Coordinator for the Project Science Office on the Mars 2020 rover mission, Raymond has shown with hard-work, good planning, and a sprinkle of luck, you can achieve greatness in the space sector.


If you would like to learn more about Raymond’s work, you can find him on the NASA Science Mars Exploration Program website (


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