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 November Member of the Month: Ana Raposo and Camilo Reyes.
Ana Raposo (Portugal)
Ana Raposo works as a business development manager for RAL Space, a British public research and development organisation working alongside the UK Space Agency. She joined SGAC in 2013 as a project coordinator and has been part of the organising team for events such as the Fusion Forum or the European Space Generation Workshop. Ana lived and worked in 4 different countries, having spent 2 years at the European Space Agency where she supported different feasibility studies and the beginning of the Clean Space Initiative. She graduated in Aerospace engineering from Instituto Superior Tecnico, in Portugal, and has a second degree in business from the University of Warwick in the UK.
Ana was nominated by Lauren Napier (USA), Space Law & Policy Project Group Co-Lead:
“Ana has been the most helpful, motivating and understanding person toward the Space Law and Policy Project Group. She has worked with us on cross-group projects and has helped us with many organization and administrative tasks. Without her we would have been lost as she always found answers to our questions and offered suggestions and support at every moment possible. We are sorry to see her go from this position but we wish her all the best and know that from her amazing work as PC she will go on to do wonderful things for others within and outside of SGAC”
Here's Ana's reaction:
“Thank you so much for this recognition, it is incredibly rewarding to be nominated by a member of the project groups. Being project coordinator is a role that happens in the background (as it should be!) because in the end it is all about the work developed by the project teams but it makes me incredibly happy to know that my work has helped them in some way. Also, it is good to know they are not completely tired of all the Skype calls and emails I send them! Thank you for everything, it has been a blast to work with such a great group of people!”
From SGAC Chair, Stephanie Wan:
"I've known Ana for quite a long time in her capacity as Projects Team coordinator! She's diligently worked in the capacity encouraging Project Co-leads to be their best and providing the necessary coordination and information sharing with the rest of the Executive Council. Over her time in the capacity, the number of projects have expanded and we appreciate the amount of volunteer hours she has put into ensuring the projects are highlighted! Thanks Ana!"
Camilo Andrés Reyes Mantilla (Colombia)
Camilo Andrés Reyes Mantilla was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia in 1990. He is a mechanical engineering senior student at the Engineering Faculty and young researcher of Los Libertadores University in Bogota, Colombia.
He has done research projects with weather balloons in Colombia and Argentina, he did part of the team work of a stratospheric balloon mission named CLEMENTINA III, in Argentina. This project was conducted by the University of La Punta and the Argentinian Association of Space Technology. Likewise, he participated in a project of the same nature with the Colombian Air Force, and the Colombian Commission of Rocketry and Astronautics, named: Colombia seen from the edge of Space, mission SUE I.
He also worked at Palonegro International Airport in Bucaramanga, on Maintenance Area verifying the standards quality and the airworthiness directives applicability, and developing the Safety Management System (SMS). He made a research internship in the aeromechanics branch at NASA Ames Research Center in 2014, as well as a research visit in ion propulsion at the National Institute for Space Research of Brazil - INPE. Camilo is also volunteer of YMCA Colombia, he has done social work with children in high social vulnerability victims of the violoconflict. He is member of the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2013 and alumnus of the Space Studies Program at International Space University. Camilo has worked co-organizing the SGx Colombia, and the South American Regional Space Generation Workshops. He also participated with SGAC in the 58th session of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna, Austria.
Camilo was nominated by Lauren Napier (USA), Space Law & Policy Project Group Co-Lead:
“Camilo, coming from an engineering background, has become one of the most motivated members of our group. He is willing to learn how the law and policy side works and has given amazing insight from his technical background and his knowledge of the space sector in the GRULAC region. He represented us at SGC, IAC and the UN workshop at IAC this year not only as a member but also as a policy presenter. We are so happy to have him in our group and we thank him for all he has done for us so far. He has been THE spokesman for SGAC and the project group since day one and doesn't give up!”
Here's Camilo's reaction:
“Wow, thank you so much for this recognition!! I never expected it. This is a great honor for me, and I want to take the time to thank SGAC for giving me the opportunity to grow as a person and as young professional, and to contribute to my country and region in promoting space science among colombians and latin americans young students and professionals. This recognition makes me commit more to help to grow the Colombian and Latin American region towards the activities of SGAC. Once again thank you so much, I'm proud of being part of such a great international young organization.”
From the SGAC Chair, Stephanie Wan:
“I'm pleased to have met Camilo in Guadalajara this past year, and I am impressed by his charisma and energy! His enthusiasm and positive attitude catches on and I can definitely see that as a great influence in SGAC, especially the Space Law and Policy Group. I look forward to seeing more of his contributions to SGAC and the space sector! Congrats!"