Simon next to a Carnegie Mellon University robot during his 2012 summer internship.

Simon Engler obtained his BSc in Astrophysics & Mathematics in 2001 from St. Mary’s University. He then worked and studied as a scientific programmer at the University of Amsterdam in the Center for Computational Sciences until 2003. Upon his return to Canada, he worked on various software development projects. In 2006 Simon joined the Canadian Armed Forces and served with 1 Combat Engineer Regiment for five years. He served a ten month combat tour in 2009 where in addition to his regular duties he built and tested a robotic platform. The robotic platform is now on display at the Military Museum in Calgary. He then enrolled a MSc robotics program at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. Currently, Simon is on an internship at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He is helping with Zoe, the first Astrobiological robot prototype being designed for a mission on Mars. Simon is an avid hiker, and can be found on hiking trails in the rocky mountains in the summer. Simon also continues his studies in space sciences and conducts spectroscopic research on binary star systems at the Rotheney Astrophysical Observatory.