Allison McPhail


Allison McPhail is an Engineer-In-Training with extensive experience in the aerospace industry. She is currently working as a Research & Planning professional at the Canadian Space Society, where she is involved in a short-term contract researching companies involved in Alberta's space sec

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Years of Experience


university of toronto, international space school


canadian space society, university of calgary, canadian space society, cps creative power solutions ag, claires accessories, convergint technologies, grip magazine

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    2013 - 2013

    canadian space society

    Research & Planning

    - Short-term contract researching hundreds of companies currently or potentially involved in Alberta’s space sector, for development of Space Asset Map. Work included writing Excel macros in Visual Basic. - Set-up and coordination of Revolutions, a space-themed art exhibition benefiting victims of the Calgary flood. Attended by 200 people.

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    2012 - 2012

    university of calgary

    Research Assistant

    Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) investigation of hypersonic, reacting flow: creating custom OpenFOAM solver with C++, running and analysing simulations, presenting results. Required application of theory and equations from fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, gas dynamics, molecular chemistry, and scientific computing. Research tied in to NASA project.

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    2012 - 2012

    canadian space society

    Summer Intern

    - Researched dozens of companies and individuals currently or potentially involved in Alberta’s space sector, for development of Space Asset Map database - Designed new website

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    2011 - 2012

    cps creative power solutions ag

    Engineering Praktikant

    - Wind screen design for air-cooled condensers. Commended for new and helpful ideas immediately upon starting project, and for taking initiative by exploring alternative, extremely valuable research paths for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations and physical design of the screen. Participated in client design meetings, presented findings. Created, ran, and post-processed CFD models. Wrote complete project report. - Investigated potential design changes to gas turbine engines. Created meshes and CFD simulations, modified until convergence achieved, interpreted and presented results. - Researched cooling tower chemistry, to cheaply reduce NOx emissions. - Work included coding in multiple programming languages, technical writing, application of combustion, thermodynamics, gas dynamics, and fluid dynamics theories, team design projects, autonomous tasks, and creative problem solving.

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    2010 - 2010

    claires accessories

    Sales Representative

    Demonstrated excellent customer skills, from small children to grandparents, including francophones. Frequently had the best sale statistics; recognised several times for particularly large sales.

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    2008 - 2009

    convergint technologies

    Engineering Summer Student

    - AutoCAD drafting, blueprint editing, proposal and as-built document preparation - Inventory, product selection and ordering, contacting vendors - Electrical panel design and building, on-site electrical installation and maintenance - Design and programming of HVAC, BAS, and security systems. - Worked in team settings and autonomously to solve problems and effectively complete tasks.

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    2006 - 2008

    grip magazine

    Correspondence Writer/Reporter

    Interviews, research, reviews, poems, informational columns, articles


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Research Scientist


visual basic


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    2008 - 2013

    university of toronto

    BASc Engineering Science

    Aerospace Engineering

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    2006 - 2006

    international space school

    Space Science & Technology

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Research Intern


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