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 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 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 November 2013 Member of the Month: Zhuoyan Lu (China)

Zhuoyan LuZhuoyan Lu is a doctoral student majoring in space law research at University of Lapland in Finland, and has been doing her visiting research at University of Cologne, Germany ever since February 2012. Currently she is with the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs at New York Headquarters as a research assistant. She was involved with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) for a 3-month internship in 2013 and presented at UNCOPUOS the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee meeting in February, the Legal Subcommittee meeting in April, further participated UNCOPUOS in June as a SGAC delegate. In 2012, she took part in the mission on National Space Legislation research work for China. Zhuoyan has been involved with SGAC as Commercial $pace Project Lead, staff member of SGC2013 local organizing committee and project coordinator for SGC2013 Working Groups. She was also a co-author for SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group's "Active Debris Removal" report. She is passionate about space, a member of the International Institute of Space Law, ESA - European Centre for Space Law and an active member of Women in Aerospace – Europe. 

Chris Vasko (SGAC Chair) and Emmanuelle David (Project Coordinator), nominated Zhuoyan:
I would like to nominate Zhuoyan Lu Project lead from the Commercial Space Working Group. She has shown from the creation of the working group to daily task an incredible professionalism. She is a high skilled scholar, always in a good mood and has always very innovative ideas. She acts with commitment and passion. It is always a pleasure to work with such a smart person. 

Here is Zhuoyan's reaction:
My gratitude goes to SpaceGen for nominating me as Member of the Month and for great support and trust from SGAC. Either as a project lead or as a staff member of local organizing committee for SGC2013, it is a fantastic experience for me to work with intercultural and dynamic space enthusiasts worldwide. I am very pleased to witness all the success of the growing organization and would like to dedicate to further development of the organisation.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Chair:
I am pleased that Zhuoyan is recognized as MOM. Her role in this years' SGC was crucial; amongst other native speakers that were of incalculable value to us, she excelled in balancing cultural understanding, patience and professionalism. She was always present when things had to be done, her smile never leaving her face, and helped where she could. Congrats, Zhuoyan, 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 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!

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 October 2013 Member of the Month: Zihua Zhu (China)

Zihua (Nicholas) Zhu is originally from China and about to start his final year of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of AdelaideZihua Zu(Australia) in March 2014. He has been active and dedicated to engage in extracurricular activities and competitions in the field of aeronautics and robotics to develop solid leadership and practical skills. Zihua established a robotics club at the university in his second academic year and had taken a leading role as the president of the club for a year to support cross-disciplinary students for extraordinary performance in extracurricular activities in the field of robotics. By joining the Conference Organising Committee of Australian Youth Aerospace Association in 2012, Zihua was awarded a great opportunity to act as the program coordinator of Aerospace Futures 2013, an annual national conference celebrating the future generation of Australian Aerospace. One of his highlights this year was being part of the organising committee of Space Generation Congress as Logistics Co-coordinator and successfully pulled the conference off with a group of incredibly amazing people from SGAC. With highly recognition from his peer colleagues and supervisors, Zihua was awarded with this year's SGAC Young Leadership Award.

Andrea Jaime, Space Generation Congress Manager, nominated Zihua:

Zihua Zhu (China) has worked extremely hard for the preparation of the Space Generation Congress 2013 in China. Despite his actual residence, Australia, he has been able to work closely with local organisations to ensure great logistics prior to the event. He is a new face to the organisation, but he understood very fast the responsabilities and vision of SGAC. He was able to work in a very professional manner at all times, helping specially with language barriers in China, and being available at all times for SGC delegates and the team. We are sure he will have a great future in the space sector, and we feel very honored to have him on our organisation. Congratulations Zihua for your great job!

Here is Zihua's reaction:

I'm very thrilled to hear the news of my nomination as the MoM. I would like to take this chance to acknowledge my appreciation to SGAC. It was my privilege to work with such a group of amazing people at this year's Space Generation Congress in Beijing. As the co-logistics coordinator of the congress, all those experiences were new to me, and some tasks were challenging. I wouldn't pull it together without the support from the A-team and everyone else who support the cause of SpaceGen. I am looking forward to working more closely with SGAC in the future and to further contribute to the space sector. Thank you all!

Chris Vasko, Co-Chair Quote:

Zihua surprised me with his motivation and his readiness to help out whenever needed - i am glad he was nominated! As part of our organizing team, he successfully managed to be around whenever he was needed, never shy to help or to smile. Given the tight schedule and the big load on the shoulders of our native Chinese speakers, this is no easy task. Thanks Zihua for your patience, your language lessons and congrats!


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