12 September, 2017
SGAC is pleased to announce the winner of the Move an Asteroid Competition 2017. The scholarship enables one outstanding SGAC member to attend the 16th Space Generation Congress and the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.
Due to the exceptional quality of papers this year, two applicants are being recognized.
SGAC would firstly like to congratulate Rita Neves, a PhD candidate at Cranfield University for her outstanding paper for the Move an Asteroid competition. Rita will be awarded a diploma for her paper, and she will present her findings at the 68th IAC.
SGAC also recognizes Kristin Shahady, a Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace, for her excellent paper for the Move an Asteroid competition. Kristin received full funding to travel to Adelaide and will present her findings at the 16th SGC.
SGAC would like to thank A. C. Charania once again for his generous continued support of SGAC and this annual scholarship.
Congratulations to the winner and see you in Adelaide, Australia!
The winner is:
Kristin Shahady is a Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace in Colorado working as an analyst for on-orbit support of satellites. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Florida Institute of Technology.
In 2016, Kristin worked for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control with a desire to get back into the space industry. She was accepted as a delegate for 2016’s Space Generation Fusion Forum and won MVP for the round robin discussions. This event led to her job at Ball Aerospace. She can’t wait to see these types of collaborations on an international level, contribute to the unique discussions and see what new relationships and opportunities can form.
Previously, she has worked for the Kennedy Space Center’s education program teaching children about the shuttle’s history. She had an internship with Space Telescope Science Institute to work with top scientists in the field to optimize the Hubble archived data. She also researched the orbital geometry of circumbinary planets from Kepler data throughout school.
“I am tremendously excited and grateful to receive this prestigious award. I am proud to represent young, female engineers and astrophysicists from the United States while engaging the international space community. I look forward to new international insights and collaborations on trending space policy topics additional to Near Earth Objects.”
We would also like to congratulate Rita Neves for her paper!
Rita Neves is pursuing a PhD at Cranfield University, UK, in space trajectory design with focus on low-energy transfers. She completed her integrated masters (BSc and MSc) in aerospace engineering at the Technical University of Lisbon in Portugal, with an exchange year at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. She finished her master thesis during a placement at the Advanced Concepts team in ESA, working on artificial intelligence for mission design. Throughout her PhD studies, Rita has been awarded the Amelia Earhart Fellowship and the Coachmakers’ Eric Beverley Bursary. In addition to her academic interests, she is now in charge of the Female Research Network of Cranfield University (FeRN). Rita is a passionate advocate of science outreach and loves travelling and weightlifting.
“I am truly pleased and honored to accept this award and to join past recipients whose work I hold in very high regard. I am happy to be a part of the great community that is the SGAC, and hope to continue to contribute to the space sector, both with my research and by promoting awareness of this fascinating field.”