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 April 2014 Member of the Month: Michael Kretzenbacher (Out-going PR & Communications Lead)Michael Kretzenbacher

Michael Kretzenbacher is a systems engineer at Aerospace Concepts in Adelaide, Australia. In 2013, Michael completed a double degree at Monash University consisting of a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History, and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering. He spent the first half of 2013 at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Bremen, Germany where he worked on his bachelors thesis on the applicability of Systems Modelling Language (SysML) based Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for the MASCOT asteroid landing system. Michael has been involved with the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2011, serving as the Public Relations and Communications Co-Lead from 2011 to 2014. Michael has had a lifelong passion for space and anything that flies. 

Cynthia Chen (Australia) Out-going PR & Communications Lead, nominated Michael, here is her quote:
Michael (endearingly known as Kretz) became closely involved with the SGAC Executive Committee after attending his first SGC in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. As an undergraduate studying full-time, he embraced his new role as PR & Communications Co-Lead with gusto, setting up a global communications campaign that helped the organisation reach out to as many communities and networks as possible. Michael worked very diligently - albeit quietly in the background - was dedicated to his role, and always strived to adhere to members' needs. This is to acknowledge all his hard work over the past couple of years during his term as PR & Comms Co-Lead, and here's to wishing him all the best in years to come!

Here is Michael's reaction:
I am deeply honoured to be selected as member of the month for April 2014. Becoming active within SGAC has been one of the best decisions I ever made. My involvement with SGAC has led to exciting career opportunities and has allowed me to make many new friends from around the world who share my passion for space. I greatly enjoyed my time as PR and Communications Co-Lead and hope to be involved with the SGAC Executive council again in future.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair:
Michael has been a very active member of our PR&Comms team. He was also assisting in the organisation of SGC 2012 in Naples, volunteering wherever help was needed. Always with a smile, a professional attitude and a great sense of humor (I think we all remember the international nights during the past SGCs), Michael has always been a reliable part of the team. I am happy he is being recognised as MoM! Congrats Michael!

Andrea Jaime, SGAC Executive Director:
Michael Kretzenbacher has shown a high level of professionalism in his duties as PR&Communications lead. Together with Cynthia, he worked very hard to integrate the new trends, aka social media, into the SGAC, while still respecting the internationalism and cultural differences within the members of the organisation. Michael did an extraordinary job, coordinating with all the NPoCs of SGAC, on gathering a database of key organisations in each country to which SGAC information should be communicated, having by then a huge network of universities, institutes, industry and media all around the world. Michael not only stepped up as lead of the PR&Comm of SGAC; but has also been very participative in all the discussions and ready to help and guide his colleagues and sharing his expertise during his participation as delegates in the past Space Generation Congresses. Congratulations Michael, well deserved!

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 2014 Member of the Month: Nicole Jordan (Out-going RC of South America)

Miss Jordan is currently the Director of Business Development for Senseta Inc. A solutions provider global company for Big Data Nicole JordanChallenges. She is responsible for the growth of new business opportunities, alliances and investment. Prior to Senseta, Miss Jordan served as the Strategic Relations Liaison, Operations for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, where she coordinated and managed the operational and logistical aspects of payload projects and served as liaison between principal investigators, commercial entities, implementation partners, NASA points of contact and senior project management. Miss Jordan also worked at the X PRIZE Foundation as the Team Liaison for Space Prizes and the Manager and Technical Lead for the Rocket Operations. In these roles she performed technical reviews of new upcoming rocket development teams (including rocket teams launching in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge and the Google Lunar X PRIZE) for technical credibility and operational safety. She was responsible for the coordination of experimental permits, launch licenses, burn-time waivers, and certificate of authorisation applications issued from the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. In addition to working for X PRIZE, Ms. Jordan was also a certified parabolic flight coach for the Zero Gravity Corporation. Prior to her work with these prestigious organisations, Ms. Jordan worked at the NASA Ames research center as the lead engineer for the ESTOL project. Miss, Jordan is currently serves ad the Deputy Director for the Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable and is a consultant to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. She had the honour to serve as the Colombian National Point of Contact, and well as the South America Regional Coordination for the Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications for over 6 years. Earlier in her career, she spent time within the airshow industry where she participated in the training and management of young aerobatic pilots. Nicole loves flying as a private pilot and is currently working on her own aerobatic training. She has B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University and M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Miss Jordan was born in Bogota Colombia and has spend the last 18 years working and studying in the US.

The SGAC Executive Office, nominated Nicole, here is Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair, quote:
Nicole is an integral member who dedicated a lot of time and effort in the past years to SGAC. Nicole was part of the team for way longer then her two terms she served as Regional Coordinator for South America, and continuously working with passion on the topic that unites us all: Space! I met her for the first time in Cape Town, during SGC 2011, and she made an impression knowing her way around the IAC and SGAC. I'm glad I had the chance of working with her. Good luck Nicky! We will miss you!

Here is Nicole's reaction:
I am honoured to be selected as the member of the month, SGAC is an amazing organisation, and  after being involved in it for over 6 years, I am very grateful to have been able to meet such a wonderful group of people.

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 2014 Member of the Month: Beza Tesfaye (Ethiopia)

Beza TesfayeBeza has a Bsc. Degree in Global Studies and International Relation and Advance Diploma in computer science. Currently, she is a post graduate student of Computer Science at HiLCoE school of Computer Science and Technology Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has a great passion for space science, Astronomy and Space related technologies.

Beza has been an active member of the Ethiopian Space Science Society since 2004, actively participating in space science outreach events and education programs in her country. She has also organized events like World Space Week and Yuri’s Night World space party.

She joined SGAC in 2010 and became NPoC of Ethiopia. Since then, she has been actively working and participating in her country space related activities. She was part of the SGC 2013 organizing team and worked as Logistic coordinator. In 2013, she received the SGAC Leadership award to attend SGC 2013 in Beijing, China. At the congress, she participated in SGAC Earth Observation working group.

Benjamin Kraetzig, NPoC Germany, nominated Beza:
I recognized the strong educational activities and enthusiastic volunteering efforts of Beza Tesfaye, NPoC Ethiopia. She engages students and teachers, visits classes and tries to connect and promote the space science opportunities in Ethiopia. I think she would be a great choice for Member of the Month.

Here is Beza's reaction:
Wow! I am honored to be selected as member of the month. It is a great pleasure and experience working with all SGAC members. Since I have been a member of SGAC I have learned and still learning many valuable knowledge and skills that helps me to develop personally and professionally. Thank you SGAC for giving me the best opportunity to network with students and professionals from all over the world. I am looking forward to work closely with all SGAC members in the future to great successes. Thank you.

Andrea Jaime, SGAC Executive Director:
Beza Tesfaye from Ethiopia has shown a great dedication to the organisation from the very first moment. She had already joined the organisation few years ago; already showing her great leadership skills and hardworking enthusiasm, but it was during the orgnaisation of the Space Generation Congress in Beijing, China, that she really fully showed her commitment to the organisation. Her contribution definitely helped make the SGC a great success. After the SGC, she has stayed committed to the organisation by increasing the space activities in Ethiopia, and working hard on the SGC Final Report. Beza is a really good advocate of space education and the value of volunteer work.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair:
Beza is a shining example that passion, a positive attitude and a smile can be contagious and go a long way to motivate people around you. Congratulations, Beza!

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 2014 Member of the Month: Daichi Nakamura (Japan)Daichi Nakamura

Daichi was born in Tokyo, Japan. He received the B.S. degree from Nihon University, Tokyo in aerospace engineering. During his last years at the university, he worked on his thesis project on an optimization problem of spacecrafts in Fluid Dynamics at JAXA Chofu Aerospace Center. Daichi is currently an engineer/Flight Controller in charge of fluid and thermal control system of Japan Experiment Module on International Space Station (ISS).

His biggest passion for space technologies and international relations brought him to SGAC in 2009 as a delegate of SGC in Daejeon. He has been active in SGAC as the National Point of Contact for Japan.

Yusuke Muraki, RC Asia Pacific, nominated Daichi:
Mr. Daichi Nakamura is one of the most active SGAC members in our region. He attended several SGCs himself and involved many students and young professionals in Japan to SGAC community. He also made a great contribution to realize SGC Japanese Scholarship funded by individual supporters that supported two Japanese students to go to SGC2013 in Beijing. Based on these results, I think he would be a great choice for Member of the Month.

Here is Daichi's reaction:
SGAC is awesome. The people I have interacted with have simply been incredible. SGAC has afforded me so many opportunities that I otherwise would not have been able to experience. This nomination is a great honour for me. Thank you very much SGAC! I'm proud to be part of it.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair:
Daichi is very dedicated and passionate National Point of Contact. His choice to engage and work with potential sponsors resulted in the creation of opportunities for his fellow Japanese members. Our networks grow in strength and stability thanks of your initiative and the excellent work you have done. This nomination is very well deserved. Thank you very much and congratulations Daichi!

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 December 2013 Member of the Month: Ali Nasseri (Iran)

Ali NasseriAli recently graduated from the Master’s program at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. Throughout his studies, he has been involved with research on multidisciplinary modeling and design optimization as applied to aerospace systems. He has also been active in teaching university level and engineering outreach courses.

Since January 2012, Ali has been working actively with the space generation advisory council’s Space Safety and Sustainability project group on their active debris removal project. His activities led to the SGAC Young Leadership Award in 2012, helping him attend the Space Generation Congress 2012. More recently, he was awarded the 2013 IAF Emerging Space Leaders grant. He is currently the executive co-secretary of SGAC.

Minoo Rathnasabapathy and Tiffany Chow, Co-leads of the Space Sustainability (SSS) Project Group, nominated Ali:
On behalf of the SSS project group, we would like to nominate Ali Nasseri for the December Member of the Month. In addition to his vital role as executive secretary for SGAC, Ali has been a key member of the SSS project group’s 2013 Active Debris Removal (ADR) technical project. Ali has represented SSS at numerous conferences this year including the 6th IAASS Conference (Montreal, Canada), Tsinghua University IAF-SUAC International Student Workshop (Beijing, China) and Toronto Students for the Advancement of Aerospace (TSAA) conference (Toronto, Canada), where he presented the research outcomes of the ADR technical project on behalf of the SSS project group. Ali has continually shown initiative in developing ideas to expand on SSS activities, and his great leadership skills and commitment to the project group make him an asset to SSS and SGAC.

Here is Ali's reaction:
I am really honored to be selected as MoM. Working with SGAC has been a great experience for me and has changed the way I look at space activities. My network has grown significantly due to SGAC and I have been introduced to many new opportunities for personal and professional development. I hope to be able to continue my activities with SGAC and help promote the vision of our organization.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair:
I first met Ali during the IAC in 2012. He volunteered to man our booth, a very important task concerning our participation at the IAC. He very quickly grew into the role of presenting SGAC to interested visitors with passion, a quick smile and an open way of communicating. When he took up his role as Secretary, he also gradually grew into the job. Now he is a proactive, responsive and reliable member of our team and I am really proud that our office can rely on help of such a dedicated Secretary!


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