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.

We are proud to present the May 2010 Member of the Month: Patthara Limsira, NPoC of Thailand.

MOM_MAY_editSMALL_Patthara_Limsira_NPoC_ThailandPatthara Limsira is a 28-year-old lawyer, living in Bankok, Thailand. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, at Chulalongkorn University and has a Certification of Honors, Xiamen Academy of International Law, P.R. China. He works as a lawyer and starting April this year he is an Intern at The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.


Ariane Cornell, Executive Director of SGAC, recommended Patthara Limsira:

“Patthara Limsira, SGAC’s NPoC of Thailand, is very deserving of the distinction of May’s Member of the Month. SGAC thrives thanks to its volunteers and volunteer leaders. Patthara is the epitome of one of these volunteer leaders who keeps SGAC going and growing. Since Patthara joined SGAC as the NPoC of Thailand last year, he has been a model NPoC. He represented SGAC and presented SGAC’s YGNSS project at the APRSAF conference in Thailand. He has submitted excellent material for SGAC’s annual report and new website. Finally, he has been working diligently at growing SGAC’s presence in the Asia Pacific region through developing a relationship between APRSAF and SGAC as well as through looking for other opportunities for SGAC and its members to contribute to local space activities. On top of all this, Patthara is all around a pleasure to work with. I extend to him a sincere congratulations and gratitude for what he has given so far to SGAC.”


And here is our MoM May reaction:

“My first encounter with The Space Generation Advisory Council was almost two years ago while accidently coming across the website of the organisation. At the time I did not know what it was, but I only hoped that it would be something fun. In fact, SGAC proved to go beyond my expectations. I enjoy being part of the organisation and it is truly my honor to have been appointed National Point of Contract (NPoC) for Thailand despite my modest space experience. SGAC has opened the door for the space community from the moment I took this position and therefore I wish to bring my best contribution.
I have always been guided by the kind advice coming from the SGAC people. The lesson I have learned since becoming an SGAC member is that the future of space is in our hands, we just have to act now and everything will be possible. Moreover, one important thing I gained from SGAC is the friendship of SGAC members, especially Yuqian Maryonsail Dong, NPoC of China, whom I wish to thank and congratulate for her contribution to SGAC.
Please allow me to humble say thank you to SGAC for recognizing me as Member of the Month May. I would not have been graded this without the support of everyone. For this I am grateful to you all.”

Meet the May SGAC Member of the Month!

14 May, 2010

SGAC Executive Committee has voted on the May Member of the Month!

We are proud to present the May 2010 Member of the Month: PATTHARA LIMSIRA, NPoC of Thailand.

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Meet the April SGAC Member of the Month!

10 April, 2010

SGAC Executive Committee has voted on the April Member of the Month!

As every month we have received quality nominations for the April Member of the Month, which continues to make us proud to see how many active members SGAC has these days. However there is only one winner!

The 2010 SGAC April Member of the Month is SANJOY SOM of Switzerland.

 

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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.

We are proud to present the April 2010 Member of the Month: Sanjoy Som of Switzerland, founder and CEO of Blue Marble Space

editSMALL_sanjoy_AprilOriginally from Switzerland, Sanjoy is trained in aerospace engineering (B.Sc, M.Sc), and is currently a doctoral candidate in planetary sciences and astrobiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. He is the founder and CEO of Blue Marble Space, a non-profit organization who's first initiative is the 'One Flag in Space project', a direct spinoff from SGAC's Space Generation Congress. Sanjoy enjoys learning about ancient civilizations (and their knowledge of space), which have been the motivation behind most of his worldwide travels. He holds a private pilot license. Sanjoy has been continuously involved with SGAC, and in particular SGC, since the Fukuoka congress of 2005. He was assistant event manager for the 2007 and 2008 SGC's.

Angie Boyd (Australia/Italy) nominated Sanjoy for Member of the Month April:

"Sanjoy Som has been a long time member of the SGAC, actively supporting and driving initiatives, projects and congresses for many years. He is very much a behind the scenes, humble member with high impact on both an academic and interpersonal level. A consistent SGC delegate and IAC speaker since 2005, he was a founding member of the Moon Mars Workshop and project lead on this since 2006, SGC Assistant Manager and Fundraiser in 2007 and Project Lead in 2006-2009 as well as Webmaster for SGC 2009 and 2010. He holds a Bachelor and Masters in Aerospace Engineering and is now completing a doctoral degree at the University of Washington in Planetary Sciences and Astrobiology. His SGAC spin-off project of 2007, One Flag in Space, had a major impact and has become a non-profit organisation of which he is the CEO, Blue Marble Space, founded in 2009. (bluemarblespace.org) Sanjoy is a Swiss national, currently residing in the United States who strongly believes in a manned mission to Mars due to the international cooperation such an endeavour will promote, in addition to being a potential path towards human unification."

And here is our MoM April reaction:

"The people I have interacted with at SGC have simply been incredible. The flow of ideas and enthusiasm of the participants regarding the benefits, but also the realities of space exploration is why I keep coming back. SGC has also allowed me to interact with brilliant minds, make lifelong friends, and explore ideas in a way that I could not have done elsewhere. To be recognized as member of the month is undeserved, humbling and an honor. Thank you for your nomination." (Sanjoy Som)

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.

We are proud to present the March 2010 Member of the Month: Oana Sandu of Romania>, SGAC Communication and PR Lead

MOM_MAR_editSMALL_Oana_Sandu_PROana is a communicator with a passion for astronomy, as much as she is an amateur astronomer with a passion for communication. She therefore combines both and enjoys the ride!

Licensed in Communication and Public Relations, Oana is presently working in Bucharest for one of the leading PR Agencies in Romania and Eastern Europe. In addition to that, she has been heading PR for the Astronomy Club from Bucharest as well as for other international organisations or projects. She is also editor at Vega, an online astronomy magazine, and when skies are clear she loves hunting for Messier objects.

Jürgen Schlutz, NPoC Germany, nominated Oana for Member of the Month March:

"Oana is and continues to be the voice of SGAC in her role of communications officer. She has taken considerable responsibility in her role as lead of the communication team. And even when considering the great team that works with her, she surely deserves the acknowledgement for all her dedication and continued efforts to make the voice of SGAC heard inside and outside of the organisation. The monthly SGAC newsletter is the most visible documentation of her work, bringing to us the regular updates on what is happening worldwide in connection to SGAC. To collect and compile this information, Oana keeps motivating all SGAC members to contribute, while she always seems to be at close reach for direct mail communication. With her strong background in PR work, Oana brings a lot of experience and new creative ideas into SGAC, promising exciting times in the future.
Also personally, I have come to know Oana at SGC 2009 and she was definitely one of the new contacts that made the trip to Korea worth wile. She is open-minded, friendly and fun to be around, so I am looking forward to many future meetings at SGAC events. Oana, keep going!" (Jürgen Schlutz, NPoC Germany)

 

Halit Mirahmetoglu of Turkey has also nominated Oana:

"Oana is a brilliant and hard working crew member who gives professional visibility and reliability into SGAC. I do appreciate to have her in this position and enjoy reading articles and newsletters that she leads to publish. Her work is beyond of expectations for a voluntary based non-governmental organisation. She is also an active member of SGC committees and used to spend enormous amount of time to ensure updating blogs and collecting reports.
She has a high aptitude for amateur astronomy and very much involved in her work, applying herself with persistence and dedication and often going beyond the regular IYA2009 outreach activities. She inspires an unusual amount of trust from others with her work and personality. I would like to see Oana in front of the curtain this time as the member of the month and thank her on behalf of SGAC for her valuable effort."


And here is our MoM March reaction:

"They say that PR efforts are hard to estimate. While it is true for the organisation, for the team behind to receive positive and encouraging feedback from colleagues is the best evaluation they could ever have. I am most happy that you see SGAC communication improving due to the involvement of the PR team. We are just at the beginning of our bold plans and I am positive that more and better is to come!
Personally, I am enjoying every moment spent collaborating with each of you and I am thrilled to be part of the space generation! Thank you!"


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