Team Alumni

Cass Hussmann

Cass Hussmann – Electrical Lead (2012 – 2014) / Chief Engineer (2014-2016)

Cass Hussmann completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering specialized in Digital and Embedded Systems along with Mechatronics at the end of 2013 from the University of Victoria. After joining the Ecosat team Cass found a passion for the aerospace industry causing him to pursue projects and topics outside the Computer Engineering curriculum including an honours thesis focusing on preventing Single Event Effects in digital systems. Cass is currently pursuing a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Aerospace at the University of Victoria. Cass’s graduate work focuses on reliable design and reliability analysis of embedded systems on the satellite project at the university. Cass has worked as the Electrical Lead since 2013 with work focusing on Command and Data handling of all on board systems, the On Board Computer design and layout, and general management duties. At the end of 2014 Cass took over the Chief Engineer position with a new focus on systems engineering and reliability. Cass intends on continuing work with the University of Victoria satellite project until its launch and operation while pursuing at career in space technology.

simon.moffattSimon Moffatt – Mechanical Engineer (2013-2014)

Simon Moffatt is currently studying mechanical engineering at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, Canada. His passion for engineering and design has lead him to pursue projects outside of the standard engineering curriculum. Simon is the president of the university’s autonomous aircraft team (UVic AERO), having co-designed and built two of the team’s competition planes. Additionally he is the mechanical lead on the university’s satellite design team (ECOsat-2), and has sixteen months of internship experience in the aerospace industry, primarily in research. Extremely interested in aerospace research and development, Simon intends to pursue graduate studies in astronautical engineering followed by a career in the space industry. When he isn’t studying or working on a project, you will likely find him sailing, playing squash, taking photographs, or daydreaming about leaving earth’s atmosphere for a nice, quiet vacation.

devin.pelletierDevin Pelletier – Project Manager/Electrical Engineer (2013-2015)

Devin Pelletier is a third year electrical engineering student at the University of Victoria. Along with his love for learning and engineering as a whole Devin has a passion for astronautics and space engineering. For the time being though he spends most of his time working with ECOSat as an Electrical Engineer and Project Manager. These roles include designing the PCBs for the deployment and battery subsystems, as well doing general management for the project. Devin intends to continue working with ECOSat for the rest of his degree or longer simply due to his love for the cosmos and the amazing opportunities the project offers to all involved. Outside of school and ECOSat Devin has a healthy addiction to rock climbing and hiking.

justin.curranJustin Curran – Chief Engineer (2011-2014)

After completing his Technology diploma program at Camosun College Justin bridged to the University of Victoria and now holds a degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Electronics. Justin is currently pursuing a Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on Aerospace at the University of Victoria. Justin’s graduate work stems from the involvement on the satellite project at the university. He also currently holds the Chief Engineer position on the satellite project which is a continuation of his work as an undergrad. Justin has maintained this position since the projects inception in January of 2011. He currently plans to actively work on the project until the completion of the satellite and on through the pre-launch and ground station operation phases. Having volunteered for the position at the initial team meeting he has been enthralled with the project and delighted with all the opportunities it has garnered for him. Justin strongly encourages others on a continuing basis to join and get involved with not only the satellite project and the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge but with any extra-curricular team. Justin is an instructor at Camosun College where he now teaches Electronic and Computer Engineering Technology as well as its related courses, topics, and fields.


Nigel Syrotuck – Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager(2011-2014)

Nigel Syrotuck is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate student graduating in April, 2014, at which time he will have spent over 3 years on the team. He started as the Lead Mechanical Engineer and moved into the Project Manager position during the building of ECOSat-1. He will continue to manage the team until completion of ECOSat-2. Having entered into the challenge without knowing what to expect, he is happy to have taken the plunge into the Aerospace industry and is excited to be a part of such an amazing project. He has maintained my involvement in the mechanical side of the team and is finding himself gaining a plethora of useful skills in all disciplines of engineering as well as project management skills. Besides the CSDC, Nigel also successfully organized the Western Engineering Competition 2013 for Victoria BC, a conference for over 200 undergraduate students held annually in a university in Western Canada. Come April, 2014, he will likely leave UVic will his undergrad in Mechanical Engineer and will be looking to find a career in the field.


Jarrah Bergeron – Communications Lead (2012-2013)

Jarrah has recently graduated from electrical engineering but just can’t get enough of ECOSat. He has been contributing to the project for a solid two years: from soldering 0201 components to honing the art of black magic RF design. Currently, he is managing the design and bring-up of two and a half RF boards, one mixed signal modem board with its DSP firmware and finally, the system architecture. This work is backed with over a decade of electronics experience. And as part of his degree, he completed work terms in a number of telecom companies but also as a research assistant and microwave technologist. Jarrah also has a keen interest in theory of microwave circuits, antennas, semiconductor physics, DSP and communications, of course. He has reported strong progress on all fronts with some boards and firmware nearing completion and envisions ECOSat with strong, down-to-earth, communications hardware.


Kris Dolberg – Electrical Engineer (2012-2014)

After studying briefly at Camosun College, Kris came to UVic to study electrical engineering. He received his B.Eng. in June, 2014. Among his accomplishments, Kris has completed an extensive research project to design the actuators for the satellite’s attitude control system. He is also a member of UVic’s autonomous underwater vehicle team, AUVic. In his co-op work experience, Kris has been a research assistant for the Ocean Networks Canada’s VENUS project and an intern at Tesla Motors, Inc. In addition to his passion for engineering, Kris enjoys rock climbing, DJing, and playing guitar.


Spencer Davis – Mechanical Lead (2013-2014)

Spencer is finishing his third year in mechanical engineer while working on coop for the ECOSat team. As Spencer is incredibly multitalented and he has a very dynamic role on the team, providing support to different project where needed. As a compentent programmer he redesigned the ECOSat website and setup a wiki for satellite systems documentation. He aslo provides CAD support for mechanical systems when needed. An entrepenuer at heart outside of school Spencer is actively working on several tech startups with his friends with the hopes that when he graduates he can quickly transition to working full time on his startup. His drive to colonize space is only matched by Elon Musk.


Joao Lousada – ADCS Lead

João Lousada is a Masters student of Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL), in Portugal. He’s currently working on his masters’ thesis as part of the ECOSat Project by developing the Attitude Determination and Control System software. This software will make use of a “Kalman Filter” based on magnetometer readings to accurately determine attitude that the control algorithm will use for optimum attitude control.


Peter Thorsteinsson – Control Specialist (2013-2014)

Peter Thorsteinsson is finishing up his graduation requirements from the University of Victoria for a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering around Christmas 2013. Along with the bachelor, he added the Mechatronics Option to his degree, increasing his programming knowledge and experience above and beyond what would otherwise be considered norm. He has done this while also finishing up 4 months early and staying in the top 15% academic performance group from among his peers. Peter joined the ECOsat team for a coop term to work on their control systems, specifically their main onboard computer. He did this to gain more quality experience working with microcontrollers and control systems than he would otherwise been able to do on a normal coop term; however, it has has been remarked upon that his pony tail gives Peter a completely unfair plus seven advantage to programming. Previous work experience includes a coop on a military base and an extended volunteer time, including one coop placement, with the student team UVic EcoCAR. That particular team works with advanced vehicle development, and in the course of his time spent there, Peter gained comprehensive CAD and FEA experience along with general design experience (design for manufacturing etc.).


Alexander Burden – Solar Engineer (2012-2013)

Alexander Burden is studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Victoria. He is currently in his fourth year of study at UVic, having completed one year of both General and Electrical Engineering before transitioning to the Biomedical program, which was formed in Fall 2012. Alexander is currently working with the EcoSat team as a Coop student to work on sun sensor design and software, although he has previously worked alongside Peter Thorsteinsson in the initial programming of the main computer. Aside from his work at EcoSat, Alexander is a co-founder and the Treasurer of the newly formed Biomedical Engineering Student Team, which aims to design biomedical devices for student competitions and potential commercialization. Alexander has previously worked at CFB Esquimalt as a draftsperson, as well as at NATO headquarters in Belgium as a Mobile Support Equipment Assistant.


Shayne Casavant – Payload Engineer (2012-2013)

Shayne Casavant is a Mechanical Engineer that has specialized in Mechatronics and Embedded Systems, and additionally minored in Computer Systems (Computer Engineering). He graduated from the University of Victoria in 2009 with distinction and has accumulated a well-rounded background thus far in his career. One of his best strengths is his ability to apply engineering principals to real world problems in a practical manner. Shayne has been working for AGO Environmental Electronics Ltd. for over 2 years. In this time, he has worked on a broad spectrum of projects. Projects include mechanical design of winches and underwater pressured cases, electronics design, electrical specification, systems design and integration, mechanical assembly, wiring of electrical systems, and surface mount assembly. He was responsible for designing and managing the scientific payload based on the theories put forward by Jim Harrington in Phase 1 of the competition. Shayne will continue to manage and update the payload for Phase 2.