Member of the Month

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC September 2014 Member of the Month: Emmanuelle David (Former Project Coordinator)

Emmanuelle David

Emmanuelle David works as a Systems Engineer in the launcher area at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Space Systems in Bremen since January 2012. In April 2014, she got seconded from DLR to the Ariane 5 Midlife-Evolution Integrated Team of the European Space Agency (ESA). In 2010-2011, Emmanuelle served as a young graduate trainee at the ESA Office in Washington DC. She holds Space Engineering degrees both from the University of Technology of Compiegne, France, and the Technical University of Brunswick, Germany.

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SGAC is proud to present the SGAC August 2014 Member of the Month: Yusuke Muraki (Regional Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Region)

Yusuke Muraki

Yusuke Muraki is an engineer at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). After working in the International Space Station (ISS) program at JAXA for seven years, he is now seconded to Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is a regional development bank to support developing countries in Asia and the Pacific to achieve poverty reduction and economic growth.  He has been playing a leading role in introducing satellite applications to the new field, which is sustainable development of developing countries, as the first and only staff in charge of space technology.

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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 June 2014 Member of the Month: Lewis Groswald (Space Generation Fusion Forum Manager, and the SGFF Team)

Lewis Groswald

Lewis Groswald is a Staff Assistant with the United States Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Prior to recently joining the Senate staff, Lewis was an Associate Program Officer at the Space Studies Board of The National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Groswald is a graduate of The George Washington University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, with a double concentration in conflict and security and Europe and Eurasia, and a master’s degree in international science and technology policy. Following his work with the National Space Society during his senior year as an undergraduate, Mr. Groswald decided to pursue a career in space policy, with a focus on educating the public on aerospace issues and informing policy. He has worked on NAS studies covering a wide range of topics, including near-Earth objects, orbital debris, microgravity research in space, and the Earth and space sciences.

Reinhard Tlustos (Austria) NPoC, Austria, nominated Lewis, here is his quote:
I would like to nominate the Space Generation Fusion Forum Organisation Team. They worked together crossing countries and timezones to organize a really great Fusion Forum, always staying professional, courteous and fun. I am grateful to have been part of this and experience the SGAC can-do spirit!

Since it's member and not members of the month I would like to nominate Lewis Groswald - Fusion Forum Manager to represent the whole team. We all worked hard to make the Fusion Forum a success, but Lewis, without a doubt, had the most work (or the biggest headache?) to keep it all together, to coordinate a small team around the world across multiple time zones. He always showed great motivation and professionalism and never lost the overview or his smile.

The Fusion Forum has been a success in great part to his excellent leadership.

Here is Lewis' reaction:
This is a fantastic honor and I couldn't be happier to be receiving this from one of my favorite organizations!

Chris Vasko, SGAC Chair:
Congratulations Lewis, well deserved. I am glad to see that our team and Lewis are recognised in such a way. The Space Generation Fusion Forum 2014 was a fantastic event, with a really good atmosphere and some exceptional people and discussions. Lewis and our team did not only work long and hard to bring it all together but were at the heart and soul of it all. Focussed, professional and dedicated all the time, Lewis represented our generation and our organisation in a very natural and balanced way. We wish him all the best in his new position and thank you for being on board this year!

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC July 2014 Member of the Month: Stephanie Wan(YGNSS Co-lead, Strategic Partnerships Team)

Lewis Groswald

Stephanie Wan is a System Analyst at Overlook Systems Technologies Inc. and provides support to NASA’s Space Communication and Navigation (SCaN) Office in Washington, DC. She graduated from American University in 2008 with a B.A. in International Studies, and a M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy, with a focus in Space Policy from The George Washington University in 2010.

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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 May 2014 Member of the Month: Alex Karl (Out-going NEO Working Group Lead)

Alex Karl

Alex, a German national, has a background in space engineering and currently works in Belgium as ISS Operations Engineer. In his spare time he volunteers for Lazurd, an NGO dedicated to inspire Arab students to pursue a career in STEM fields. He is also busy handing over his tasks as outgoing Lead of the SGAC NEO Project Group which he led since its creation in 2007. Alex created and organized the Find An Asteroid Search Campaigns as well as the Name An Asteroid Campaign. Before that Alex served as Chair (2007-2009), and created the Project Coordinator position and also held this post initially. He was a participant of SGS (2002), SGC (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010), and the Fusion Forum (2013).

Behnoosh Meskoob (Iran) Regional Coordinator, Middle East, nominated Alex, here is her quote:
I would like to nominate Alex Karl as the MoM. He has been lead of NEO Working group and now a new lead has been appointed. Alex was a real leader for all who were involved in this working group. He managed different projects of this working group such as Find an Asteroid, Move an Asteroid competition, Name an Asteroid, Planetary Defense Conference Student Competition, etc. Last year he organized a panel during IAC about NEOs which was very fruitful.

His endless efforts resulted in 6 annual Move an Asteroid technical paper competitions to support bright minds to present their research during SGC and IAC as an example of NEO working group activities. He has shown the activities of NEO working group members in high level conferences such as IAA Planetary Defensce Conference and IAC. During the IAC 2013 in Beijing, the NEO Project Group organized an event about NEOs, called NEOs and Planetary Defense and Alex moderated this event.

Over past 7 years, he's been Chair (2007-2009), SGC organising committee member (2006 and 2009), SGFF2013 panelist and NEO WG lead (since 2007). As a member of executive council and member of NEO working group, I would like to thank him for over 8 years of contribution and dedication to SGAC. We always need highly valuable volunteers like him.

Here is Alex's reaction:
It’s a nice parting gift for me as I’m leaving the organisation soon (there is an upper age limit). I’m accepting this as SGAC lifetime achievement award, not because I stood out this past month. I’m sure there are people who are this month more deserving of this than me. I’d like to encourage all (new) SGAC members to follow their passion for space and to work hard, maybe then you will get recognized here next month. Even if not, the goal should not be some award but the knowledge that you made a difference. SGAC gives you a great platform to work on your vision, to make friends and connections, and to actually make a difference – make the best use it! Thank you for all and see you soon!

Victori Alonsoperez, SGAC Co-Chair:
It is my pleasure to congratulate Alex on being selected Member of the Month. I met Alex during SGC 2009 and since then I could appreciate how hard he has worked for SGAC. All these years he has been one of our most active members and his contributions have been invaluable. We are very thankful for his dedication and commitment to SGAC.


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