Member of the Month

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 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!"

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 January 2010 Member of the Month: Ariane Cornell of France/USA, Executive Director of SGAC

MOM_JAN_editSMALL_Ariane_Cornell_Executive_Director_AustriaAriane is a French-American who grew up near San Francisco, California. Her interest in aerospace started at a young age: she earned her pilot’s license at the age of 17 and spent many of her early internships at NASA Ames Research Center. She attended Stanford University where she earned her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Science, Technology, and Society with a focus in Management Science and Engineering. Her undergraduate honors thesis was entitled, “Sino-American Relations in Space: Cooperation, Competition, or Coopetition?” Following her studies, Ariane worked in management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. With Accenture, she lived and worked on IT projects in the Philippines, South Africa, Brazil, and the US. With Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant in the Aerospace and Defense commercial consulting group, she helped develop strategies and solve operational issues for executives of the world’s top aerospace and defense companies. Currently, Ariane serves as the Executive Director of SGAC in Vienna, Austria and also serves on the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ International Activities Committee.

Marco Gacesa, RC Europe and National Point of Contact for Croatia, nominated Ariane Cornell for MoM:

“I nominate Ariane because she worked really hard since her appointment and even though she was new to SGAC she quickly became known in a very positive way to everybody in the organisation, planned many improvements of SGAC's internals and implemented some of them, successfully organised - with help of others, of course - the SGC '09 in Daejeon and played an important role in SGAC's 10th Anniversary conference, and probably has done many smaller things that I am not aware of. She's always quick to reply to all my inquires as well as friendly and positive, which really helps encourage everyone to be more productive and involved with the organisation. As an RC, I really appreciate that.”

Nyeng Gyang, Graduate Student, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia, also nominated Ariane Cornell as MoM:

“Even though I have known Ariane for only a few months now, she made a commendable first impression on me as a very professional officer of the SGAC. She strikes me as someone who does her job (on the behalf of the SGAC) primarily because she has a passion for it; I believe that a love for the job is her primary driver (even though she may have other, similarly noble, reasons). In addition to this, she does the job conscientiously. Going over Ariane’s track record of achievement and performance, generally, as well as in the “space arena,” specifically, starting from her tertiary alma mater through her service at the SGAC, one cannot fail to acknowledge that she is a capable, very hardworking, professional and passionate individual.During the SGC 2009 in S. Korea, Ariane stood out as “the face,” the mouthpiece of the SGAC at the congress – however, this is not to take away from the very crucial and visible, as well as sometimes invisible, contributions of other planners of the event – and this is despite the fact that the SGC 2009 was one of her very first major tasks as SGAC Executive Officer. Not only do I admire and commend anyone who discharges their duty well and with passion, I believe everyone actually does similarly appreciate such competent and commendable people. Ariane’s work and contributions to the SGAC and its goals have been outstanding and for that I hereby nominate her for the award of SGAC’s MoM for the month of January 2010.”


And here is the reaction of Ariane, our MoM Januray:

“Since I took up the post last April, SGAC has given me so many professional and personal opportunities that I otherwise would not have been able to experience. Most importantly, it has re-sparked my love for aerospace. Listening to SGAC members talk about their work and reading the papers and articles that members submit is simply inspirational. My daily interaction with the international astro community has opened my eyes even further to the role that space can play in global development – both technically and socially. It has reminded me how much I enjoy and continue to want to be a part of this sector. Every morning I count my lucky stars to be working with SGAC's driven volunteers to help develop and push the voice of tomorrow’s space leaders.”

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 February 2010 Member of the Month: Marc Cornwall of Jamaica, Communications and Public Relations team member

MOM_FEB_editSMALL_Marc_Cornwall_NPoC_JamaicaMarc is a Jamaican with an affinity for space, science and the visual and musical arts. He spent the first two decades of his life in Jamaica, in the latter years starting study for a BSc degree in Pure and Applied Science at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and completing his BSc in Astronomy, Space Science and Astrophysics at the University of Kent at Canterbury (UKC) in the United Kingdom.

He then crossed La Manche to France where he spent a whirlwind year at the International Space University (ISU), in Strasbourg obtaining his MSc in Space Studies. It was during the transition from UKC to ISU that he was introduced to the SGAC, increasing his participation in the organization with time. He has been NPoC for Jamaica since 2007 and does graphics within the Communications and Public Relations team. Marc currently resides in the United Kingdom as a research student in planetary geophysics.

Ariane Cornell, Executive Director, about our MoM February:

“Marc Cornwall, as the Jamaican NPoC and Graphics Lead for SGAC, has arguably made the most visible impact on the organisation. Yet, while his work is all around SGAC, not many people realize it, because he is an artist who does not sign his name. The PR and Communications Team has become an integral part of SGAC in the past year, and Marc has taken a key role in the team and organisation. Marc has been behind numerous SGAC templates, banners, cards, flyers, website photos, and SGAC and SGC logos, to name a small portion of what he has contributed. Marc's work always reflects SGAC -- young, dynamic, international, sharp. Further, during the past two months, he has been bombarded with tasks with tight deadlines to help SGAC close 2009 and start off 2010 with a bang. On all of requests, he has delivered great results with the SGAC spirit and enthusiasm that drives this organisation. Additionally, Marc does an excellent job serving as the NPoC of Jamaica by keeping his country and region updated on local space activities and by taking the lead on space outreach projects. For this, I strongly support Marc Cornwall for February 2010 Member of the Month."

Marc Cornwalls reaction to his nomination:

“I am humbled to be an SGAC Member of the Month. I am privileged to be a part of such an important organisation. I firmly believe in the work SGAC does informing the global population about the wonder, promise and danger of space, and influencing policy decisions that will affect and effect humanity's trek from our cradle to the stars and planets beyond. I suspect my love of computer graphics and my dedication to the cause of the Space Generation has afforded me this honour; I must say though, that my efforts would not be as fruitful without the valuable resources and feedback of SGAC members across the globe. I share this with you and thank you for working with me.”

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