Did you ever dream of being an astronaut as a young kid? Now you can cheer on a McMaster grad currently in the running to be a Canadian astronaut!
Meet Charles-Philippe Lajoie. Born in Quebec, he graduated from McMaster University with a Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy. He currently works as a Astronomical Optics Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope, a project led by NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, and the European Space Agency. The telescope will be bigger and more complex than any other space telescope.
As a kid growing up with images of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Apollo missions, becoming an astronaut was always Charles-Philippe’s dream. On his profile page he describes his love for pushing limits and seeking new challenges and adventures.
He is now in the running to be one of Canada’s astronauts, participating in the astronaut selection process as a candidate. He is one of the 17 finalists for the Canadian Space Agency’s (CSA) new astronaut jobs. They will be hiring only two astronauts from over 3,700 candidates.
When asked which teacher had the most impact on him, he responded, “[my] master’s degree supervisor was a great mentor from whom I learned scientific and professional rigour as well as a strong sense of ownership and pride in my work. He never explicitly taught me these things, but rather he lived and worked by these principles. As a result, I believe I have grown into a capable scientist, producing quality research with a deep sense of integrity.”
Charles-Philippe’s motto is: