SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognized 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 Member of the Month: Audrey Berquand (France), SGAC Member.
Audrey Berquand (France)
Audrey Berquand is currently working as an Earth observation system engineer for future missions at ESTEC, ESA, in the Netherlands. She graduated in 2014 from KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), with an Aerospace Engineering master and from EPF, Graduate School of Engineering (Sceaux, France), with a general engineering diploma. During her studies at KTH she took part in a REXUS sounding rocket experiment, a 2-year university student program to design, manufacture, test and launch your own space payload. Audrey has first been involved in SGAC through SGAC France, organising online live interviews with experts and students to foster public awareness on space activities. She is now part of the organising team of the European Space Generation Workshop, to take place in Paris in March 2017.
Audrey has long been fascinated by space. She is tremendously excited about the incredible challenges and opportunities arising from the new golden space age that her generation will have to embrace. This is why Audrey had been involved in SGAC, the meeting point of tomorrows space community, which gives the opportunity to everyone to talk about exciting space topics with other space-enthusiasts in a dynamic and international environment.
Audrey was nominated by Lucie Poulet, NPOC of France:
“Audrey has started working as a support for SGAC France NPoC in the Fall of 2015. She has showed an incredible motivation to promote space and SGAC in France. She is the person behind the SGAC France Google Hangout at the end of April 2016 on parabolic flight, featuring Novespace director Thierry Gharib and former ESA parabolic flight campaign manager Vladimir Pletser. She is the one who had the idea for the Hangout topic and it was made possible because of her hard work and dedication! For all of theses reasons, I think she deserves to be selected as MoM.“
Here's Audrey's reaction:
“I am quite surprised and very grateful to be selected as member of the month. I have really been enjoying my time within SGAC so far. Thanks to this amazing network I already had the chance to meet extraordinarily gifted young people. The energy of my fellow SGAC members is itself extremely motivating and I am looking forward the E-SGW which promises to be a great event.”
From the SGAC Co-Chair, Ali Nasseri:
"For some time, SGAC had been thinking of holding online events to engage our members and, finally, our members have made it a reality. Due to Audrey’s great contributions, SGAC has been able to hold online events for our French members. The immense success of these events have created interest in expanding them to the Europe region and beyond.
It is the contributions of our active members such as Audrey that help SGAC grow, and it gives me great pleasure to see members like her be recognized for their great contributions."