Natalie is an Aerospace Engineer and avid adventurer. Extraordinary experiences have shaped her career and passions; whether learning to fly, driving a solar-powered car across North America, or building space robotics. She is the 2013 recipient of the University of Calgary Graduate of the Last Decade Award, was named on Forbes 2015 30 under 30, and received the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering Diversity and Equity Alumni Award in 2018.
A lot of people ask me what I pack on long distance backpacking trips and in particular, what I pack for winter camping. So I thought I would put together a post to provide some insight of what exactly is in my bag. While I am not one for owning a lot of “stuff”, I definitely love my gear. And having the right gear makes all the difference when heading into the… Read More
Late last year I had the privilege to participate on a panel in Las Vegas with legendary space explorers Burt Rutan and Scott Kelly, accompanied by CEO of CA Technologies Mike Gregoire and moderated by Jessi Hempel of Backchannel. This panel was without a doubt one of the highlights of my year. Despite three very different backgrounds in the space industry, the common theme was the next generation of space travel and… Read More
I am thrilled to share that my TEDxToronto talk on space debris has been selected by TED for posting on TED.com. Our lives depend on a world we can’t see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit is not a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges… Read More