Job Title:Space Systems Engineer in Satellite Operations / Phd Student
Employer:Planet / University of Oxford
Grad Year:2017
Degree(s):B. Eng. (Aerospace)
Major(s):Aerospace Engineering, Commerce

What makes you a good mentor?

I wouldn't be where I am today without the mentors I've had in my life guiding and supporting me throughout my academic and career journey. I know first-hand the impact having a great mentor can make, and I would like to use my knowledge and expertise to support Carleton students and alumni achieve their dreams!

About Kelsey Doerksen

As a Space Systems Engineer in Satellite Operations at Planet, Kelsey is responsible for operating the world’s largest Earth Observation satellite constellation. Kelsey develops and enhance automation tools to assist with autonomous operations, utilizes metrics for data analysis to assess satellite performance and health, and identifies, triages, and resolves satellite anomalies as a part of her role at Planet.

As a PhD student at the University of Oxford, Kelsey is a part of the Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems Centre for Doctoral Training program. Her research involves utilizing Earth Observation datasets with Machine Learning to quantify the agricultural and socio-economic impacts of climate change.

Kelsey Doerksen also volunteers her time with several global organizations. Most notably, she managed the 2021 Space Generation Congress, the flagship event for the Space Generation Advisory Council, a non-profit dedicated to empowering young-professionals within the space industry.

Kelsey also researches and lectures at l’Observatoire de Paris, where she works with the celestial mechanics and space weather laboratories, and assists with running their summer school program for undergraduate students.