EP #109: Nimal Navarathinam – Scarborough-Raised Space Engineer Working On International Missions

Nimal Navarathinam (@nimalnavarathinam) did his Masters of Space & Systems Engineering at York University, but has predominantly worked in Europe or for European-based companies including his most recent role as a Principal Space Systems Engineer at In-Space Missions.

He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss his fascination with science from an young age, how networking gave him international exposure to what was happening in the space industry globally, breaking into the space industry during the 2008 financial crisis, focusing his Masters on CubeStats & how they helped him in his career now, the importance of repetition, feeling like a financial crunch is on the horizon, and so much more.

Follow Nimal:
– LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/nimal-navarathinam/)

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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Nimal Navarathinam
01:19 – Nimal and Ara discuss introversion and having quiet confidence
03:51 – His early upbringing and its impact on his life now
09:21 – The perception of space evolving over time; his career trajectory
19:46 – Canada’s space industry is small/niche (robotics, sensors, etc.) but growing
23:09 – What being a Principal Space Systems Engineer entails
28:03 – Learning by being thrown into the deep end
30:45 – Wanting to do more as he learned more
33:28 – His expectations for the space industry and his career over the next decade
39:15 – Should we advance earth or space; do/how they work hand in hand
46:51 – Advice he would give his 16-year-old self
49:03 – The personal legacy he wants to be remembered for by friends and family
51:52 – Creator Confessions
57:45 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan