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Launched in 2018 as a community for driven, intelligent and passionate women, Space broaDDiTy is meant to empower, educate and excite the next generation of female STEM superheroes! Together we can drive gender equality in the workplace.

If you are interested in pursuing a challenging and fulfilling career where you can contribute to the technologies and advancements of the future, then you are in the right spot!

Emily Gleeson

Space Broaddity is a forum that will highlight women in STEM who are absolutely killing it at life and will outline some of the many exciting opportunities that are available with a background in STEM.

Are you a high school student?

There is also a section with information that may help you decide if the math and science principles you are learning in high school is something that can fuel your passion for the future. 

Oh, and of course I can't forget the infinite wisdom that I have to offer. With 13 years of experience in STEM as a student or professionally I have lots of life lessons that I have learned or am in the process of working through and am willing to share. I decided to start this blog so that I could share my experiences and knowledge with others and hopefully clear a few things up and spike some unknown passions you never knew you had!

Who am I?

I am a 4th year Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University. I am currently researching navigation and control techniques to advance the technologies needed to get to Mars.  I am also working on two satellite projects, funded by the Canadian Space Angecy - one is launching from the International Space Station in 2019!

I graduated in 2010 from Queen's University with a BASc in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering. Following undergrad, I worked for two years as a Project Manager for a Mechanical Contractor and then four years in Logistics and Business Operations Planning at Procter and Gamble.

My dream: to become an astronaut! Ultimately I want to spend my career focused on the exploration of space - whether that means up in space or here on Earth we will have to wait and see! Eventually, I would like to become a Professor of Engineering to pass my experiences on to the next generation. 

I am very passionate about encouraging women to join STEM to achieve fulfilling careers and help drive equality in the workforce. I also feel strongly about living a whole life. There are so many places to go, people to meet and personal challenges to overcome that exist outside of your professional life so make sure to get out there and experience everything this planet has to offer!


Shooting for the moon - Graduate - Ryerson University

Emily Shepherdson left a lucrative management career to pursue a passion that was sparked in childhood – space exploration. The recipient of the 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellowship is researching technologies that will enable robots to operate in space without human involvement.

Yeates School of Graduate Studies - Profile

October 26, 2019

Check out why I chose to do graduate studies in Aerospace Engineering and how Ryerson is helping me to make my dream a reality.

2019 Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation - Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Doctoral Award

October 15, 2019

Ambassadorial Award for a woman who demonstrates leadership, ambassadors for the profession and serves as a role model for other women who dream of becoming engineers.

2019 Canadian Student Summit on Aerospace (CSSA)

March 07, 2019

One of six headline speakers at the 2019 Canadian Student Summit on Aerospace where I discussed the evolution of Canadian robotics in space and where we are headed for the future.

Geeky Girl Reality - Interview

January 15, 2019

#STEMStories: Emily, PhD Student in Aerospace Engineering, Canada

2018 Robotics Industry Night

November 08, 2018

As a panellist, we answered questions and discussed the current and future opportunities in robotics.

2018 International Astronautical Congress (IAC)

October 04, 2018

Presenting my work on Augmented State Estimation using Neural Networks at the 2018 IAC in Bremen, Germany.

WEMADEIT: EngHERO - Emily Shepherdson

August 09, 2018

Emily Shepherdson, our newest #engHERO is an Aerospace Engineering PhD student at Ryerson University. Don't be surprised to see her in the future as a Canadian astronaut.

Scanlan: Chasing a dream and the stars.

May 17, 2018

Emily Gleeson, second-year aerospace engineering PhD student, recently received a 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellowship, part of the Zonta International Foundation advocating for women in science, business and public life.

Zonta Internation introduces the 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellows

We are proud to announce the 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellows. These 30 exceptional women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering are from 18 countries and studying fields as diverse as mechanical engineering, planetary sciences and aeronautics. We are excited to welcome them into our community of AE Fellows and look forward to following their contributions to science.

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