21 April 2017
SGAC is proud to announce the following appointments in our global team:
- Trisha Randazzo, Small Satellites Project Group Co-lead
- Tajana Lučić and Hady Ghassabian, Space Exploration Project Group Co-lead
Trisha Randazzo is currently a Systems Engineer contracted by Integrity Applications
Incorporated to NASA Goddard and the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility, supporting the Suomi-NPP and JPSS missions as a Simulator Operator. She earned her Master’s of Science in Space Studies from the International Space University in 2014 and her Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics/Physics from the College of Idaho in 2012. During her early career she worked at NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Ames Research Center, and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory holding a variety of roles. She also participated in the NASA Ames Academy for Space Exploration in 2012 where she studied space debris mitigation strategies then was the Program Staffer for the 2013 NASA Ames Space Life Sciences Training Program. Her industry involvement includes flying a human factors experiment on the ESA Zero-G plane, IEEE Canadian Review publication, 2017 SGAC Fusion Forum Participant, and attendance at several conferences: NewSpace, International Astronautical Congress in Toronto and Israel, and the 33rd Space Foundation Space Symposium. She is active in her community in various capacities; as a troop leader for Girl Scouts of the Nation's Capitol, Dance Coordinator for NASA Goddard's Music and Drama Club, and participating in STEM focused public events such as Yuri's Night, Astronomy on Tap, FIRST Robotics, Girl Power, Women In Technology, Women in Engineering and Women in Aerospace. She enjoys outdoor recreational activities – especially skiing.
Tajana holds a bachelor degree in psychology and is currently finishing up her master thesis in the field of general psychology at the University of J. J. Strossmayer in Osijek, Croatia. During her studies, she has interned in clinical psychology at KBC Zagreb hospital and later as a researcher with the ERASMUS + program in the psychology department of Faculdade de Motricidade Humana in Lisbon, where she currently resides. She has been a Board of Management member / Marketing Officer for the European Federation of Psychology Student’s Association and has both attended and helped organise several events under EFPSA. Space psychology and astronaut testing are areas of special interest for her, as well as researching new methods of psychological self-aid in isolation. She enjoys graphic design, ukulele playing and reading in her spare time.
Hady is a space-geek and is passionate about science in general. He is an aerospace engineer and was research assistant at the German Space Agency, the DLR Institute of Space Systems, on bioregenerative life support systems in order to make manned missions to Mars a reality. He has been selected as a suborbital astronaut for a joint research program between NASA and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for a study on the upper mesosphere.
He is now the first Italian citizen astronaut. Hady have plenty experiences in projects across different space agencies mostly related to space exploration and is involved in several outreach events in Italy. He is also an inventor, he likes to create new stuff out of nothing. In his spare time he practices kendo, a japanese martial art.