Philip Ferguson 

Philip Ferguson  

Dr. Philip Ferguson is a space systems engineer and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manitoba.  He received his Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Toronto in Engineering Science (Aerospace option).  He holds a Masters and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aerospace Engineering.  Following graduate school, he developed attitude control systems for small space telescopes at Microsat Systems Canada Inc., eventually becoming the Engineering Manager for all attitude control systems products. Dr. Ferguson then took a position at Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg, where he grew into the position of Engineering Manager for the electrical and software engineering teams in support of Magellan’s Space and Defense contracts (including the recently-launched RADARSat Constellation Mission). From 2014 until 2017, Dr. Ferguson was the Vice President of Product Development at PrecisionHawk Inc., where he was responsible for all aircraft and payload systems engineering as well as production. Presently, Dr. Ferguson holds the NSERC / Canadian Space Agency / Magellan Aerospace Industrial Research Chair in Satellite Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Ferguson’s research focuses on new spacecraft manufacturing and control technologies that can improve satellite reliability while simultaneously reducing the cost and design cycle times, thereby improving the accessibility of space. Dr. Ferguson lives on a small hobby farm in Vivian, Manitoba with his wife, two children, two dogs and too many chickens to count. 

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