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Peter Villalta

Peter Villalta

Professor, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology

Peter Villalta is a professional engineer with an Honours Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Ryerson University (1996) and a master’s degree in systems control from the University of Toronto (1998).

His career has taken him to space and back. A 15-year veteran of Macdonald Detwiller and Associates (formerly SPAR Aerospace), Peter has been involved in a wide array of interesting space projects. As a hallmark in his career, Peter was responsible for the team charged with the development of an electrical avionics box that permitted the inspection of the space shuttle thermal protection system. This mission-critical hardware was installed on-orbit aboard the International Space Station by space-walking astronauts under Peter’s watchful eye from Houston’s Flight Control room.

His other work at MDA included concept development for moon and Mars missions, a robotic Hubble repair mission, and other shuttle and Earth-orbit missions. One highlight in Villalta’s career at MDA was teaching flight controllers and astronauts about key systems aboard the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

In addition to space, Peter has industrial experience in power generation working at a methane-fuelled co-generation plant, experience in power system protection from GE Multilin, and experience in aerospace systems from Honeywell.

Peter has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career from his employers as well as his customers, including NASA and CSA. His work entitled “Extending the Capabilities of the ISS Space Station Mobile Servicing System Robotics” was published by the International Astronautical Congress.

In his spare time, Peter is active in the community, supporting a local high-school robotics team with its entry into the Skills Canada Robotics competitions. He also mentored the team during its rookie year in FIRST Robotics Canada and has been a judge for FIRST.

To the Sheridan College classroom, Peter brings this diverse array of engineering experiences from the commercial world fused with his passion and aptitude for teaching.