Jim Magwood

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Admiral Jim Magwood
Years as Admiral 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-13, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21
Status Current Admiral

Dr. Jim Magwood is the current admiral, or chief administrator of the OCESS.

His unflappable dedication to the organisation and its members has earned him the eternal gratitude of Spacesim.

His birthday is the 23rd of February.


Dr. Magwood has been the teacher advisor since 2001-02, and has kept the OCESS on course through the worst period of its history, that is, the move back from the Media Centre to the Tech building, as well as the Double Cohort, a move by the Ontario government that cost the OCESS most of its senior members. He was also Admiral when Spacesim moved rooms in 2008-09.

Dr. Magwood is quite devoted to Spacesim, and has in fact said "If I had to choose between actually going into space, walking on the moon, working at NASA or the CSA, or being part of this wonderful bunch of students, friends, and fellow explorers of space on earth, I would choose spacesim without a second's hesitation."


When the writers and maintainers of the CMES software graduated, and issues arose, Dr. Magwood wrote the ORBIT suite of software in QBasic in order to allow the Mission to continue. He currently also maintains the software, and adds functionality periodically.

For Daedalus 2010, Dr. Magwood adapted a submarine warfare game that he had written in university to serve as the interface to Laura.

Power Tools

Dr. Magwood is the only one allowed to use power tools such as the circular saw and propane torch at worksessions, though others he designates may use the tools. The main exception are electric drills and soldering irons, which are commonly used by all members.


Dr. Magwood teaches a 1/2 day at Lisgar. His usual subjects include Gr. 9 science and either Gr. 11 or Gr. 12 Chemistry. He taught the only AP Chemistry course offered at Lisgar in 2006-07 and that course has not been offered since. He has also taught Earth and Space sciences online, as it is not offered at Lisgar.

As of 2017/18, Dr. Magwood now teaches fully day ay Lisgar, which led to slight workload issues on the Silver Seas 2018 mission.