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 July 2013 Member of the Month: Matthew Noyes (USA)

Matthew NoyesMatthew Noyes is a senior mechanical engineering student at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He developed a passion for engineering, science, and space during childhood summers spent building robots and stargazing in northern Virginia. Throughout his academic career he has held internships with Northrop Grumman Corporation, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a Washington, DC venture equity firm and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where he currently holds a co-operative education work-study. His work for the space industry includes ground control software development, 3D iPhone/iPad software, virtual window/head-tracking displays and robotic systems technology. He is member of the SGAC’s Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group, where he helps research orbital debris mitigation techniques with outstanding fellow SGAC members Peetak Mitra, Antariksh Dicholkar, Glen Rugaber and Minoo Rathnasabapathy.

Minoo Rathnasabapathy (South Africa/Australia) and Tiffany Chow (USA), Co-leads of the Space Sustainability (SSS) Project Group, nominated Matthew:
On behalf of the SSS project group, we would like to nominate Matthew Noyes for the July Member of the Month. Matthew currently leads one of three year-long SSS projects researching an alternative solution for Orbital Debris Management (ODM) using vortex rings. Matthew recently represented SGAC and SSS to present the group’s research outcomes at the 6th IAASS Conference "Safety is not an Option" (Montreal, Canada) and more recently the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit (San Diego, USA). Matthew and the ODM team are also currently putting together a short educational video about their experimental and numerical research on ODM. Matthew has been a critical part of the SSS project group and has shown great leadership skills, enthusiasm and commitment from the get-go!

Here is Matthew's reaction:
A few days ago, I attended a lecture given by NASA Johnson Space Center director (and former astronaut) Ellen Ochoa to the organisation’s student/young professional employees. One student highlighted the space community’s commitment to international collaboration, and asked how young people could participate. For me, SGAC is the single, greatest opportunity for us to achieve this goal. With all the new people we meet, the new places we go, the new ideas we share and the work our special project groups do, there is no better way for enthusiasts of space, science, engineering, and policy around the world to congress and grow. I am honored to have been nominated for recognition, but it is all of us together who make SGAC so special. 

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 2013 Member of the Month: Stephen Ringler (USA)

Stephen C. Ringler is a Project Leader in the NASA Programs Division, Civil and Commercial Operations at the Aerospace Corporation. Currently, he is responsible for leading program development activities in support of system engineering tasks, technical analyses, and programmatic analyses for NASA and other civil customers. His responsibilities also include providing project and technical leadership and management of the successful execution of NASA requested tasks. Ringler joined Aerospace in 2000 supporting the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Subdivison. There he supported and led technical teams for NSS and NASA customers in the area of precision pointing systems. His responsibilities included development of advanced concepts, detailed design, integration and test of flight hardware, and independent technical review. In 2008, Stephen joined the NASA Programs Division where he conducted independent cost and schedule estimates for NASA proposal evaluations and independent assessments for a variety of different NASA missions and organizations. He has led studies which have evaluated historical cost and schedule performance of NASA spacecraft, instruments, and subsystems. Ringler has a passion for personal development and the development of others. In 2010, he received The Aerospace Corporation Achievement Award for the "Development of Aerospace Mentoring Initiative Plans and Products for the Corporate-Wide Mentoring Program" in 2010. From 2009 – 2010, he was an active member of the Young Emerging Professionals Council which conducted intergenerational surveys and analysis. Stephen earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ringler's hobbies include sound engineering, drumming, and community service with his local church.

Julio Aprea (Spain/Argentina), Tiffany Chow (USA), and Andrea Jaime (SGFF Co-manager) nominated Steve:
Steve has been a key resource to the success of SGFF 2013, he did such a good job planning and preparing the event, that when he was ill during the event, still it went perfect because of such dedication and preparation on his side. He is a good leader and motivator, I recommend that he gets involved again as manager in future SGAC events. He coordinated the whole international team in a extremely professional manner, we all learned great leadership skills from him.

Here is Steve's reaction:
Thank you very much SGAC! I am more and more impressed with both the organization and its members each passing day. It is my great pleasure to work with like-minded space enthusiasts who share a passion and desire to see space further utilized. I look forward to new, great experiences with SGAC in the years to come!

SGAC Chair, CJ Nwosa, quote:

I would like to congratulate Steven for this well deserved award and thank him for the selfless service he exhibited leading up to SGFF. As the SGFF event manager, he set a good example and contributed immensely to the success of the event and sometimes went beyond the call of duty to assist with unrelated tasks. Well done Steven!

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.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC February 2013 Member of the Month: Reinhard Tlustos (Austria)

Reihnhard Tlustos

Reinhard was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. He is currently studying for Bachelor degrees in Physics at the Vienna University of Technology and Astronomy at the University of Vienna. From an early age, he has been fascinated by space and astronomy, and has helped in outreach activities as a member of a local astronomy club. During his studies, he became an active volunteer of the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF) where he participated in various national space-related outreach and educational projects, as well as the recent Mars Analogue Science Mission to the Rio Tinto desert. He also presented papers about this mission at the IAC 2011. Reinhard has also played an active part in a recent Mars simulation hosted by ÖWF, MARS2013. During this programme, he has held the roles of Flight Director Assistant and communications officer in the Mission Support Centre located in Innsbruck, Austria. Besides space, Reinhard enjoys practicing Jiu Jitsu, a martial art in which he holds a black belt and has competed successfully in both national and international championships.

Christopher Vasko (SGAC Treasurer) nominated Reinhard
"I would like to nominate Reinhard Tlustos (Austria). He worked tirelessly as part of the Space Generation Congress 2012 Technical Team, with an outstanding motivation and efficiency. Albeit the conditions, Reinhard was always friendly, eager to help and readily available when needed. I perceived him as an essential part of the team, and hope that he will continue to share his passions with us."

Here is Reinhard's reaction:
"Thank you for this great honour and pleasant surprise. It feels like it was only yesterday when I joined SGAC as a member of the PR & Communications team in late 2011. Since then, it has been a great experience and an absolute pleasure to work with a group of such highly motivated and like-minded people from around the world. These individuals are all aiming towards the same direction, and for common goals. For me, SGAC has grown from a group of friendly strangers, to becoming my international space family, and for that, I am grateful. Together, we can achieve anything, and I look forward to see what the future brings - ExAstris, Scientia!"

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina:
"I am particularly glad that Reinhard Tlustos is our February Member of the Month! He is one of the SGAC team members who often remains behind the scenes, but nevertheless tirelessly works for the success of the organisation. I hope, with the experience he is gaining through participation in the Mars 2013 project, that he will have plenty of new things to introduce to SGAC. All the best, Reinhard, and keep it up!"

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 2013 Member of the Month: Emile Victor (Australia)

Emile Victor (Australia) is a 22 year old Software Systems and Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. For the past couple of years, he has been part of a team whose main purpose is to work towards the modernity of SGAC's computer infrastructure. This server team is based in Australia, which is why SGAC Members may be receiving emails at strange times of the night! Emile has experience within Boeing as a researcher, where he undertook two software projects in the fields of human computer interaction and aerospace safety. Emile hopes to maintain this position within the industry as a graduate engineer.

Christopher Vasko (Austria/Hungary), SGAC Treasurer, nominated Emile
"I nominated Emile for his tireless dedication in working on the SGAC homepage. Without him, the organisation would not have been able to upgrade its security and restore essential functions to the webpage. Knowing how difficult it can be to work on the server, I admire Emile for having spent his valuable spare time - night over night - to fix issues that the team would not have been capable of solving without professional assistance. Thank you, Emile!"

Here is Emile's reaction
"Thanks a lot to SGAC for selecting me as March Member of the Month. I am one member in a team of people who are working on a project to modernise SGAC's website and server infrastructure. We hope to get it all up and running nicely soon!”

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina (Georgia)
"The success of SGAC lies in the willingness and readiness of our members to step up and volunteer to take responsibility over critical actions in certain situations. Emile has demonstrated exactly this behaviour - he tremendously helped SGAC out in a very difficult situation that required an immediate and substantial effort to fix. I also nominated Emile for March Member of the Month, and was very happy to know that the entire Executive Council agreed with the importance of this recognition. This is one of the ways to say ‘thank you’ to our wonderful members. Thank you, Emile!"

 

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.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC January 2013 Member of the Month: Sandra González Díaz (Spain)

Sandra Gonzalez

Sandra González Díaz holds a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering from the Escuela Politécnica Superior de Ingeniería de Gijón (EPSIG), Spain. During her studies, she worked on the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) Satellite, the fourth mission in the ESA’s Education Satellite Programme, on which she based her Master’s Thesis Project.

After that, she started her professional career working as a Young Graduate Trainee at the European Space Agency in the Power Management and Distribution Section. Nowadays, she is working as a hardware development engineer in the Primary Power Department with Astrium Satellites.

Within SGAC, she is the co-lead of the Small Satellites Project Group (SSPG) and participated in the 2012 Space Generation Congress, where she worked in the “Space for Humanitarian Relief” working group. She was also recently selected as a young professional to take part in the IAA Study Group on "Long-Term Space Propellant Depots", where she will be representing the SGAC network.

Guerric de Crombrugghe (Belgium), Co-Lead of the SGAC Small Satellite Project Group, nominated Sandra:
"Sandra has been a member of the SGAC for a long time, but she became really involved over the last few months with the creation of the Small Satellite Project Group, of which she is co-lead. Since the very beginning, she has shown an incredible energy and motivation. Sandra is a person with a vision, who sets clear goals and gives her-self means to achieve them with great success. Furthermore, she is very sociable and it is always a pleasure to have a tele-conference or receive a friendly e-mail from her. It has been a real pleasure to work with her, and I am sure that our project group has a bright future with such a positive person at its lead. In my opinion, Sandra is an example to follow for new SGAC members. Therefore, she deserves to be nominated MoM."

Here is Sandra's reaction:
"Thank you very much! It is an honour for me to be chosen as the member of the month! I am really happy and proud to be part of this organization. This nomination is really inspiring and it gives me an extra boost of energy to keep working on the SGAC’s activities. SGAC has given me not only professional opportunities, but also the chance to meet wonderful people all around the world, which motives me to keep working in this amazing space community!"

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina (Georgia):
"Congratulations to Sandra González, SGAC Member of the Month for January 2013! She has been actively involved in preparing and working in one of SGAC's newest project groups on small satellites. It is wonderful to see that SGAC has more strong project groups, and that Span Gen members have so much energy, time and devotion to set up new working groups, as well as working hard to promote them, recruit new members and dedicate their time to research, amongst many other duties. Good job, Sandra, keep it up!"


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