Future City Experience Panel Discussion

Future City Experience Panel Discussion: Things to consider as you design your city on the Moon

Future City participants are invited to join one of two live Future City Experience virtual panel discussions where you and your class will get a chance to meet actual engineers and scientists who have helped us get to the Moon and beyond! Not only will your students learn more about engineering and how they can explore a career in STEM, they will also get specific tips from our panel of experts on things they need to think about as they design their lunar cities.

Find more information about the panellists and register for the live event below.

English Panel:

When: February 2, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. ET to 1:30 p.m. ET

Where: Youtube Live Stream

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Marc A. Rosen, an engineering professor at Ontario Tech University. Panellists include Marla Haring, a Systems Engineer with MDA, and Dr. Cassandra Marion, Science Advisor for the Aviation and Space Museum.

French Panel:

When: February 9, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. ET to 1:30 p.m. ET

Where: Youtube Live Stream

The panel will be moderated by Margot Allain Bélanger, Outreach Officer, Faculty of Engineering at the Université de Moncton. The panellists are Cassandra Marion, Science Advisor at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, and Fred-Éric Désulmé, Electrical Engineer at MDA, who is currently working on a space camera project for a NASA mission.

Note: we will be announcing our third panellist soon, stay tuned!

Students will have an opportunity to ask questions directly to the panellists throughout the event.



Dr. Marc A. Rosen is a Professor at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa, Ontario, where he served as founding Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Rosen has served as President of the Engineering Institute of Canada and of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. He has acted in many professional capacities, including Editor-in-Chief of various journals and a Director of Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation. With over 70 research grants and contracts and 1,200 technical publications, Dr. Rosen is an active teacher and researcher in thermodynamics, energy technology, sustainable energy and the environmental impact of energy systems. Dr. Rosen has worked for such organizations as Imatra Power Company in Finland, Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, the Institute for Hydrogen Systems near Toronto, and Ryerson University in Toronto, where he served as Chair the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Industrial Engineering.

Margot Allain Bélanger, M.A.Sc., MBA, P.Eng. is a civil engineer from New Brunswick and graduated from the Université de Moncton. She began her career with a consulting engineering firm, and then worked as the Director of Municipal Operations for a town in NB. After many years in the municipal engineering field, she accepted a position that offered her the opportunity to share her passion and her love of engineering with our youth. She is currently Outreach Coordinator with the Engineering Faculty at the Université de Moncton. This position allows her to meet young students and help them discover engineering and science, and accompany and help university engineering students. She dreams of the day where the diversity of the engineering profession will match the diversity of the population this great profession serves.


Marla Haring is a Systems Engineer at MDA, an international space mission partner, in Brampton, Ontario. She is currently working as part of the Canadian team designing, building, and testing hardware components for SPIDER (Space Infastructure Dextrous Robot), a payload on NASA’s OSAM-1 mission. This robotic spacecraft will demonstrate the technology required to repair and extend satellites’ lifespans—a crucial way to help clean up space junk and explore beyond the Earth. Prior to joining the MDA team, Marla was an Aerospace Engineering Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 10 years, which allowed her to live and work across Canada and got her plenty of flight time in an F18! Having grown up in the meteorite crater of Sudbury, Ontario, Marla has been exposed to space, aviation, and engineering from a young age, inspiring her to pursue studies in aerospace engineering and space systems design at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Dr. Cassandra Marion is the Science Advisor for the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. She has a PhD in geology and planetary science and exploration from the Institute for Earth and Space Exploration at Western University. Her research is focused on meteorite impact craters at lunar and Martian analogues sites in the Canadian Arctic. She also has considerable analogue mission experience, which are simulated robotic and human missions designed to learn, train, and prepare for real missions to the Moon and Mars. As a science-communicator, Cassandra is dedicated to sharing her passion for Earth and planetary sciences with communities near and far, and improving science literacy in Canada.

Fred-Éric Désulmé “I am an electrical engineer in space robotics with a passion for learning. I am working on a space camera project that will be used for a NASA mission and also on a robotic arm project. I am specialized in power electronics circuit design.”

Matthew Bamsey holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering with a specialization in bioastronautics from the University of Colorado and a Ph.D. in environmental biology from the University of Guelph. During his studies, he worked at the Canadian Space Agency as part of the planetary exploration program. His postdoctoral work at the University of Florida involved building systems designed to study plants in a weightless environment.

Matthew then spent five years at the German Aerospace Center as chief systems engineer for EDEN ISS, a project to develop a greenhouse for Neumayer III, the German Antarctic station. The greenhouse provides about 10 people with fresh food throughout the winter while testing various technologies that will keep astronauts alive on long-duration space missions.

Matthew currently works at the Canadian Space Agency as a senior engineer in space exploration strategic planning.

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