12 September, 2017
SGAC and the International Lunar Exploration Working Group (ILEWG) are pleased to announce the winners of the ILEWG scholarship 2017. The scholarship awards two outstanding SGAC members for their ideas and visions for the future of lunar exploration with financial support to attend the 16th Space Generation Congress and the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.
Congratulations to the winners and see you in Adelaide, Australia!
The winners are:
Johanna Pardo is a trainee at the European Space Agency HQ in Paris, France and works within the Launch System Architecture Team for Ariane 6. She studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, with a special focus on materials, propulsion, energy and life support systems. Johanna got interested in space sciences during a high school internship at BioServe Space Technologies, a research center in Boulder, Colorado designing and developing space live sciences hardware for the ISS. During this internship she participated in an educational project concerning effects of microgravity on spiders and butterflies. Johanna worked during her studies as a research assistant at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Stuttgart at the Institute of Combustion Technology, simulating different combustion reactions for potential future fuels. In 2015, she graduated from the Space Studies Program 2015 at the International Space University in Athens, Ohio. Last year, Johanna finished her Master Thesis at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne. As part of SpaceShipEAC, an initiative developing different research capabilities for technologies important for future human exploration missions to the Moon, Johanna worked on a technology demonstrator for bioregenerative life support systems.
Quote: “I am very honoured and thankful to be awarded the ILEWG Scholarship, which will support me to attend the 16th Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Adelaide, Australia. I feel privileged to be able to share my master thesis findings with other people passionate about lunar exploration. I look forward to the amazing chance of receiving an honorary invitation and lead the planning of the SGAC/ILEWG follow-up event in 2018.”
Mark Fittock (BSc, BEng (with hons), MSc, MSc) is an Australian space engineer who graduated from Monash University in 2007 with degrees in Science and Engineering. Wanting to pursue his passion for space, he moved to Europe shortly after completing his Bachelors degrees. He has since spent the last ten years in Europe, firstly, completing a double Masters Course in Space Technology (SpaceMasters) and then working for the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Bremen. Soon after starting at DLR, he worked as DLR’s project manager for the REXUS/BEXUS Programme sending university student experiments up on balloons and small rockets. He is a space flight hardware specialist who has worked on over 30 flight missions, the most recent being DLR’s HP3 experiment for NASA’s Insight mission which will fly to Mars in 2018.
Quote: “Being selected for the ILEWG award is a great honour and opportunity for me. Exploration systems are a passion for me both professionally and personally and the ILEWG essay tied in together nicely with developments on cooperative systems on Earth and for future Space Exploration.”