Electrical and Computer Engineer Julie Payette is Canada's next Governor General

On July 13th, Julie Payette is Canada's next Governor General. She is best known as a member of Canada's Astronaut Corps but she is also an accomplished electrical and computer engineer. She earned a Bachelors of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 1986 and obtained her Masters of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1990.  She has worked on high performance computing and voice recognition for IBM Canada and Bell Northern Research.

Payette holds an honorary degree from the University of Victoria (2002) and received the Engineers Canada Gold Medal - the highest honour from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers - in 2010. 

Sources:

CBC Website, 
http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/julie-payette-governor-general-1.4202793
Accessed July 13, 2017.

CSA Website, http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/biopayette.asp
Accessed July 13, 2017.

Wikipedia entry, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Payette, Accessed 
July 13, 2017.