Catharine Marsden earned her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in 2006. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Centre for Engineering in Society and the NSERC Chair in Aerospace Design Engineering within the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University. Dr. Marsden came to Concordia in 2015 from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario, where she was a member of faculty in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from 2009 until 2015. Before beginning her academic
career, Dr. Marsden worked for over 20 years in the Canadian aerospace industry. She began her aerospace career in the early 1980’s as an aircraft maintenance technician, doing helicopter field
maintenance in northern Quebec and Alberta. In1986 she moved into the aerospace manufacturing sector at Bell Helicopter Textron Canada in Mirabel, Québec where she worked in manufacturing, final assembly and flight operations. After completing her undergraduate engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University, she worked in engineering design and program management. After completing her graduate studies, she put her product knowledge to work developing and managing both internal and collaborative research and development
programs with other aerospace manufacturers, suppliers, NRC laboratories and university researchers.
The NSERC Chair in Aerospace Design Engineering (NCADE) at Concordia University is a unique academic/industrial collaborative program focused on developing the practical and theoretical skills graduating engineers will need to be successful in pursuing design engineering careers in Canada’s aerospace industry.