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 July 2010 Member of the Month: Misheck Mutuzana, NPOC of Zambia

Misheck Mutuzana was born in the town of Mufulira, Copperbelt province in Zambia. Among his many academic accomplishments, he has a diploma in computer studies and one in art & design. Misheck also has technical training in graphics (Evelyn Hone College), training in e-learning (ICT-UNESCO Bangkok), is a Master Teacher in Creative Arts (iEARN USA) and has a Certificate ICDL (European Computer Driving License Foundation). He has participated and presented papers at numerous international conferences in ICT-related themes and subjects such as the Global Teacher Network. Besides being an SGAC National Point of Contact for his country, he is also a Project Implementation Team (PIT) member of the Enhancing the Visual Presentation of Education Content (ENEDCO) Project on the Copperbelt, as well as the Coordinator for SchoolNET Zambia in Mufulira. Misheck also coordinates the Global Teenager Projects on the Copperbelt to enhance the participation of schools in the use of ICT’s. He is also an engaged member of many groups dedicated to e-learning like the e-brain forum of Zambia, Computer Society of Zambia, Open Source Zambia Initiative (OSZi) and Teachers without Boarders (TWT). Currently, he teaches computer studies at a high school in the Copperbelt province and is the national examiner and setter in computer studies in collaboration with Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ).

Ariane Cornell, Executive Director of SGAC, recommended Misheck Mutuzana saying that:

“Misheck became the Zambian NPOC just this past April and has done a model job since. In June, he put on an event to spread the news about SGAC in Zambia and to encourage younger generations to become interested in space. He also has been very encouraging of his fellow NPOCs, participates in SGAC activities, and has done a good job communicating with the executive office. For coming from a non-spacefaring nation in a region where tools like reliable internet are not necessarily a given, I think Misheck has done an excellent job so far as NPOC. He is an inspirational character in SGAC leadership, and the initiative that he takes is indicative of the potential of our demographic in the space sector around the world.”

And here is the July MoM’s reaction:

“My experience with SGAC-Zambia has been overwhelming, lucrative and educational. Many thanks go to Mr. Simpemba and the SGAC-Zambia team for introducing me to SGAC-Zambia activities. Our main aim for SGAC-Zambia is to introduce and make awareness of Space Generation activities and formulate Space Generation clubs in schools, and this is coming to fruition. So far, we have formulated three Space Generation clubs in schools, namely, Mpelembe Secondary School, Mufulira High School and Butondo Secondary School. We hope to have more schools joining and participating in the Space Generation club activities in the coming months.”

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 June 2010 Member of the Month: Christopher Andrew Vasko of Austria, SGAC Webeditor

MOM_June_VaskoChrisChristopher Andrew Vasko was born in Vienna, Austria. After high school he chose to study physics at the Vienna University of Technology bringing him in contact with the topic of space and space-research from a scientific perspective. During his studies he became an active voluntary member of the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF), a local Austrian space group founded by some of the first members of SGAC. There he participated in various projects as an engineer, such as a simulated international Mars mission, developing and constructing a remote controlled rover and a stratospheric balloon for experiments. Later he participated in the ESA Summerschool program, designing a sample recovery mission to the Moon, which won an award as "Young Lunar Scientist Project" later that same year, at the International Lunar Conference 2007. As an intern at an Austrian company he helped developing a novel plasma propulsion engine for space applications and wrote his thesis on the impact of highly charged ions on surfaces at the Vienna University of Technology. After that he got involved with SGAC as an intern to the Vienna Office. His interests lie in astrobiology, plasma physics and bioengineering, computer aided-design (CAD) and astrophysics. Christopher is currently doing his PhD in physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Aziz Kayihan (Turkey), Regional Coordinator Middle East, nominated Chris:

“After Chris joined SGAC, the first great job he did was the Annual Report. Besides this, he went on to complete other great jobs as well. He made the SGAC website look very good and work smoothly, which was a hard work to do, but he did an excellent job. He really jumped on to things and got very tough responsibilities. He really devoted himself to SGAC and adapted very quickly. Thanks to him our website is running so well, a reason for which I am perhaps the most happiest to have him in SGAC. He is a great colleague, team mate and friend. I am glad SGAC members agreed with my thoughts and voted Chris. He is and will always be a precious member of SGAC”

And here is our MoM June reaction:

"I have first heard about Space Generation Advisory Council when Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, our current Chair, moved to Vienna and told me about this international organisation of young enthusiasts, apparently just as hungry for space as myself. As it turned out, some of my colleagues at a local Austrian space group were present when SGAC was founded and can be considered as "SGAC dinosaurs". When the Intern position at the SGAC Vienna office was announced, I was just graduating from university and was looking into options to work and jumped at this unique opportunity. SGAC and the work with Ariane and Agnieszka have been a great benefit to me - I have learned so much about our organisation, the people involved and how space policy is being done. It was truly a rush, 3 months including two meetings of the COPUOS Subcommittees, long nights compiling reports from all over this world for our annual report, challenging discussions and an internship at the European Space Policy Institute. SGAC and its network have widened my horizon and taught me so much - above all, that we are truly the Space Generation and that we are standing on the Shoulders of Giants that paved our way here. Our dreams, hopes and fears can shape our future and it is up to us live our dreams every day. I am proud to part of this - thank you all for your nomination."

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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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.”

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)


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