Member of the Month

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised for their hard work and contributions to SGAC. In December 2009, the SGAC Executive Council decided to acknowledge one member per month for his or her outstanding work and contributions to SGAC and its goals, and we continued this until today. 

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC May 2015 Members of the Month: Sirisha Bandla, Space Generation Fusion Forum (SGFF) Manager

Sirisha Bandla

Sirisha Bandla serves as the Associate Director for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, an industry association of commercial spaceflight companies. At CSF, Sirisha works on various policies with the aim to promote the commercial space industry and make commercial human spaceflight a reality. Before CSF, she worked as an aerospace engineer designing components for advanced aircraft at L-3 Communications. While at Purdue, Sirisha lead a team in the NASA-supported Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program in which she flew onboard the ZERO-G aircraft and managed a group of engineers who designed, fabricated, and flew a microgravity science payload. She has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Purdue, and is pursuing a Masters of Administration at George Washington University.

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SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised for their hard work and contributions to SGAC. In December 2009, the SGAC Executive Council decided to acknowledge one member per month for his or her outstanding work and contributions to SGAC and its goals, and we continued this until today.

Lauren Napier

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC April 2015 Members of the Month: Lauren Napier, member of the Space Law Project Group

Lauren Napier is a masters student of International Relations at Webster University in Vienna, Austria. She is currently working on her master thesis on suborbital flight regulations. She is an active member of the SGAC Space Law and Policy Project Group, a contributing writer for Space Safety Magazine and a volunteer for the World Space Week Association. Lauren has attended various United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space sessions for SGAC and has published works on interplanetary contamination, Analog Planetary Research, and suborbital flight regulation.

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SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised for their hard work and contributions to SGAC. In December 2009, the SGAC Executive Council decided to acknowledge one member per month for his or her outstanding work and contributions to SGAC and its goals, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC February 2015 Members of the Month: Arno Geens

Arno is a Belgian wearer of many hats: Visual Strategist, Space Researcher, Innovation Advocate and Paramedic.
He started his career as a Paramedic and Disaster Manager for the Belgian Red Cross before being reborn as a Graphic Designer. He co-started and runs JosWorld, a full-service Visual Communication Studio in Brussels, and had a parallel career as Broadcast Design Consultant for national and international television productions. He was the co-founder and Vice-President of the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF) in charge of Digital Platforms, dealing with EU-institutional and transatlantic innovation policies - bridging the gap between Europe and Silicon Valley. His passion for space and technology led him to follow the Masters in Space Studies at ISU, after which he worked as Visual Strategist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Los Angeles where he communicated about deep space missions, talked to robots, played with exotic materials and contemplated about future space endeavours.

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SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised for their hard work and contributions to SGAC. In December 2009, the SGAC Executive Council decided to acknowledge one member per month for his or her outstanding work and contributions to SGAC and its goals, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC March 2015 Members of the Month: Norah Patten

Dr. Norah Patten is an Adjunct Faculty Member and Co-Chair of the Space Humanities Department at the International Space University's Space Studies Programme.
Dr. Patten works as the Communications and Outreach Manager with the Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp) where she was recently the project manager on a successful ESA proposal worth €240k for a new materials research project.
Dr. Patten co-ordinated ‘The Only Way is Up’ initiative at IComp in which, through an agreement with NanoRacks, the first experiment designed by Irish secondary school students was sent to the International Space Station in July 2014. Norah has participated in several space related courses; interned at the Boeing Company in Seattle Washington USA and Bell Labs Alcatel Lucent; has featured on national television and other media; and is a regular speaker at public events. She is a Space Generation Advisory Council national contact point in Ireland and is a regular contributor to the Astronomy Ireland magazine.

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SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised for their hard work and contributions to SGAC. In December 2009, the SGAC Executive Council decided to acknowledge one member per month for his or her outstanding work and contributions to SGAC and its goals, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC January 2015 Member of the Month: Joao Lousada

Joao Lousada

Joao Lousada is a Portuguese aerospace engineer, born in Lisbon. During his master's degree in aerospace engineering, Joao studied at Universidade de Lisboa (UL), in Portugal, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Spain, and University of Victoria (Uvic), in Canada.

Since then, Joao has worked at the Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), as part of its Advanced Study Group, in Bremen, and is now working at OHB System, as an AIT engineer for ESA projects.

Joao joined SGAC in early 2013 and has, since then, been involved in projects within the Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group. He is today the lead for the One-Way Human Mission to Mars (OHM) and Nuclear Powered Spacecraft Safety (NPSS) projects.

Furthermore, Joao is involved in many other volunteer based projects such as the upcoming StartupWeekend Space, in Bremen, where he is part of the core organizing team. This international event will be the first of its kind in Europe and is set to bring innovation and new ideas into the space industry.

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