Graduate Student Council

The CPSX Graduate Students’ Council provides a means of bidirectional communication between participating graduate students and the CPSX Executive Council. The student's council is comprised of a senior leadership team consisting of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary, each of whom serves for a one-year term. Each CPSX-linked department is represented by a member of the council for a period of one year. The council actively seeks to create a sense of community amongst students emanating from a variety of departments across campus by organizing various social gatherings enabling graduate students from the different departments to meet in a non-academic setting.

The 2014/2015 Council members are:

Matt Svensson

Matt Svensson

Council Executive: President

Biography: Matthew Svensson is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Earth Sciences and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration. His research includes topics in impact cratering, clay mineralogy, light stable isotope geochemistry and analogues for planetary exploration with a focus on how some impact craters could provide suitable habitats for early forms of life.

Josh Hedgepeth

Council Executive: Vice President

Kelsey Doerksen

Kelsey Doerksen

Council Executive: Treasurer

Biography: Kelsey is in her first year of her Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering, underneath the supervision of Dr. Kenneth McIsaac and Dr. Jayshri Sabarinathan. She is researching a machine learning solution to classifying solar events using on-board satellite attitude determination sensors, while also developing an autonomous path-finding algorithm for robot navigation in industrial greenhouses
Carolina Rodriguez

Carolina Rodriguez

Council Executive: Social Coordinator

Biography: Carolina Rodriguez is a MSc student with the Department of Earth Sciences and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration under the supervision of Dr. Catherine Neish. Her research includes topics in planetary radar remote sensing, Mars volcanism, and analogues for planetary exploration.
 Chimira Andres

Chimira Andres

Council Executive: Secretary

Biography: Chimira Andres is a M.Sc. student with the Department of Earth Sciences and the Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration. Her research focuses on the topics of planetary and periglacial geology, glacial sedimentology, and landsystem analyses, mapping, and modelling with implications to Earth-Mars analogs.
Alexis Pascual

Alexis Pascual

Departmental Representative: Engineering

Biography: Alexis is a Master’s student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Western Ontario. He is currently working at classification of rock images using Convolutional Neural Networks
Ameek Sidhu

Ameek Sidhu

Departmental Representative: Physics & Astronomy

Biography: She studies carbonaceous molecules and dust, particularly Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the interstellar medium using infrared spectroscopy.

Shannon Hibbard

Departmental Representative: Earth Science