Hi there!

I am a PhD student in aerospace engineering & planetary robotics with the Space and Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems Laboratory at the University of Toronto.

Over the past years, I got involved in unique projects which included founding and leading an engineering student team that competed internationally, working on the European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover, interning at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and more!

Led by my passion for robotics and space exploration, I'm always looking for opportunities to step outside my comfort zone to learn and support the exploration of worlds outside our own.

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Hi there!

I am a PhD student in aerospace engineering & planetary robotics with the Space and Terrestrial Autonomous Robotic Systems Laboratory at the University of Toronto.

Over the past years, I got involved in unique projects which included founding and leading an engineering student team that competed internationally, working on the European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover, interning at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and more!

Led by my passion for robotics and space exploration, I’m always looking for opportunities to step outside my comfort zone to learn and support the exploration of worlds outside our own.

Selected Projects

Long-Term and Resource-Aware Planetary Navigation

Research Student         NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (USA) & University of Toronto (Canada)

My PhD research with the STARS Laboratory at the University of Toronto consists in exploring ways to enable planetary rovers to drive autonomously on very long distances while having an awareness of the impact of navigation on their resources (such as energy levels). Long-term autonomy in planetary environments (such as the surface of the Moon or Mars) will be necessary in the future as the interest of sending more rovers with more ambitious driving requirements to those destinations just keeps increasing.

This work is performed in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. I am very fortunate to have spent most of my time there last year under the (co-)supervision of Dr. Masahiro Ono, with whom I will continue to collaborate in the following months.

McGill Robotics Mars Rover Team​

Founder & Team Lead         McGill University, Canada

Early during my undergraduate studies, I started the McGill Robotics Mars Rover Team to share my desire to design planetary rovers to compete internationally. In just one year, the team grew from one member (myself) to more than 50 active students from different engineering and science backgrounds, becoming one of McGill University’s largest engineering design teams.

Over three years under my supervision, the team has designed, built and deployed three different planetary rovers in analogue test environments and finished third internationally for two years in a row.

Skills

Coding & Robotics

ROS
C++
Python 2/3
MATLAB

Languages

English
French
Spanish

Interests

Space Exploration, Robotics, Scuba Diving, Hiking, Skiing, Water-Polo, Photography

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