SGAC Announces Winners of the 2013 SGAC Young Leadership Awards

29 August, 2013

SGAC has awarded four university students and young professionals with SGAC Young Leadership Awards. These scholarships are given annually to SGAC's top volunteers to enable them to attend the Space Generation Congress. The winners have been indispensable assets to SGAC over the past year. Read on to learn more about this year's winners.

SGAC Announces Winners of the 2013 SGAC Young Leadership Awards

29 August, 2013

SGAC has awarded four university students and young professionals with SGAC Young Leadership Awards. These scholarships are given annually to SGAC's top volunteers to enable them to attend the Space Generation Congress. The winners have been indispensable assets to SGAC over the past year. Read on to learn more about this year's winners.


2013 SGAC Young Leadership Awardees:


Sandra Gonzalez Diaz (Spain)

Sandra González Díaz holds a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering from the Gijón Polytechnic School of Engineering (EPSIG), Spain. During her studies she worked in the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO)  Satellite, the fourth mission in the European Space Agency's Education Satellite Programme, and based her Master's Thesis Project on it. Following her studies, she was accepted to the Young Graduate Trainee Program at ESA in the Power Management and Distribution Section. Currently she works for EADS Astrium Satellites as a hardware development engineer within the Primary Power department; where she is working for the Grace Follow-On mission, developing the PCDU of these twin satellites. Within the SGAC she is the co-leader of the Small Satellites Project Group (SSPG) and worked on the topic "Space for Humanitarian Relief" at the Space Generation Congress 2012 in Naples, Italy. She was also chosen as a young professional to participate in the IAA Study Groups on "Long-Term Space Propellant Depots", where she represents the SGAC network. Sandra is a member of the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2013 Staff Team, and in her role as a Project Coordinator she has been involved in defining the different working group topics for the congress which will take place in Beijing, China.

"I would like to thank SGAC for giving me this wonderful opportunity. I feel really honored to receive this award. I realize how many people would deserve it, so I can only say thank you to the organization for trusting me and choosing me for the 2013 SGAC Young Leadership Award. I am looking forward to arriving to Beijing, meeting and working together with the 2013 delegates and the organizing team to make this congress a great success!"

 

Behnoosh Meskoob (Iran)

Behnoosh is an electronics engineer, worked for Astronautics Research Institute of Tehran and she will start her Master Studies in Electrical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey from the following year. She has been involved in SGAC since 2010 by being a member. Then she was appointed as National Point of Contact for Iran for two years and currently she is serving SGAC as the Regional Coordinator for Middle East and also one of the delegate coordinators of SGC201. Behnoosh was a member of technical and organizing committee for the 2nd and 3rd Iran Cansat Competition which is held annually in Tehran by Astronautics Research Institute. This year is the second year she is a member of SGAC Find an Asteroid Search Campaign. She's an amateur astronomer, loves making new friendships in SGC and has ever-lasting passion for space."
"Being delegate of SGC2011 and SGC2012 motivated me to actively work for SGAC and this year would be a fantastic opportunity to me for further involvement and commitment to SGC as a recipient of SGAC Young Leadership Award. SGC shaped my future and SGAC paves the way to follow my roadmap of life towards a space-based future as an electronics engineer. I immensely thank SGAC for this fantastic award. This means a lot to me and I will seize every moment of this congress."

 

Beza Tesfaye (Ethiopia)

Beza Tesfaye  is NPoC of Ethiopia since September 2010. She lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has graduated from New Generation University Collage with bachelor of art degree in Global Studies and International Relation in August 2012. She is currently a second year graduate student of Computer Science at HiLCoE School of Computer Science and Technology. She is a member of Ethiopian Space Science Society since 2004(its establishment) and works in the outreach department with the main responsibilities of coordinating outreach activities and organizing event. Currently she is a part of the SGC 2013 organising team as logistics coordinator.

"I am so pleased to be awarded the 2013 SGAC Young leadership Award. Receiving this award is such an amazing honor. It means a lot to me to be given this opportunity, the chance to represent my country and me at the 12th Space Generation Congress in Beijing, China. And, I would like to thank SGAC for giving me this opportunity to participate in this exciting event. I am looking forward to see everybody in Beijing."

 

Zihua Zhu (China)

(Nicholas) Zihua Zhu is a third year undergraduate student at University of Adelaide majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He has been active and dedicated to engage in extracurricular activities and competitions in the field of aeronautics and robotics to develop solid leadership and practical skills. Zihua established a robotics club at the university in his second academic year and had taken a leading role as the president of the club for a year to support cross-disciplinary students for extraordinary performance in extracurricular activities in the field of robotics.  By joining the Conference Organising Committee of Australian Youth Aerospace Association in 2012, Zihua was awarded an incredible opportunity to be act as the program coordinator of Aerospace Futures 2013, an annual national conference celebrating the future generation of Australian Aerospace. After a great success of Aerospace Futures 2013, Zihua now has taken the role of Logistics Co-coordinator of Space Generation Congress 2013, and worked with a group of amazing people to organise the congress.

"It is truly an honour for me to receive his highly recognised award. I would like to acknowledge that this award deserves the credits of whole SGC working team members who have so generously supported and mentored me for what I am doing to prepare for SGC 2013. Here I would like to quote from Calvin Coolidge (30th President of the United States): 'No person was ever honoured for what he received. Honour has been the reward for what he gave.' It is a privilege for me to serve as a logistics co-coordinator in this enthusiastic and dedicated working group. I shall continue committing myself into this career to fulfil the mission of celebrating the future space generation of the world."

 


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