Dr. Farah Alibay

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Aerospace Engineer

Dr. Farah Alibay is a French-Canadian aerospace engineer. Born in Montreal (Quebec, Canada), she spent most of her childhood in Joliette (Quebec) and her teenage years in Manchester (United Kingdom) tinkering with any project she could get her hands on and fascinated with space and exploration. These passions led her to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree in aerospace and aerothermal engineering from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) before moving back across the Atlantic ocean to pursue a PhD in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Boston, USA) with a focus on systems engineering.

In 2014, she joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she is currently part of the M2020 mission, working on the Perseverance rover, which landed on Mars in February 2021, and the Ingenuity helicopter, which performed the first powered flight on another planet in April 2021. Prior to joining the M2020 team, she worked on several other missions, including the InSight Mars Lander and its companion mission, the Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats.