12 September, 2017
SGAC and the University of Adelaide are pleased to announce the winners of the scholarship 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:
Brandon Blake is an undergraduate undergoing an Aerospace Engineering / Physics double degree at the University of Adelaide. He was also a participant in the 2017 Southern Hemisphere - Space Studies Program 2017 with the International Space University and the University of South Australia. In his off time Brandon enjoys programming and tabletop role-playing games.
“I'm excited to be offered this opportunity by the University of Adelaide and SGAC. I look forward to seeing what I can give back to the Congress and the community.”
Jack Hooper is currently studying at the University of Adelaide, where he is in his final year of a Bachelors of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and is involved with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA). As part of his degree, Jack is completing an honours project with Defence, Science and Technology Group, developing a ground based astrophotography rig for the purpose of space situational awareness. As the recipient of the New Columbo Scholarship, Jack was able to undertake work experience with Engineers Without Borders, learning about sustainable and contextually appropriate engineering design in rural Borneo. When not at University, Jack enjoys studying Russian language, learning to fly, and rock climbing.
"I am very grateful to receive this scholarship, and to be able to contribute at the SGAC. I am particularly enthusiastic about being able to collaborate with people from all over the world to solve issues related to space transportation, while learning from highly experienced members of the space community."
Hamish is approaching his final year of a Bachelor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Adelaide. As an undergraduate he has actively pursued opportunities to get involved in space oriented events, whether that be as part of the organising committee for industry networking or a motivated challenger for competitions such as NASA Space-apps. Hamish has recently been volunteering his time at a CNC workshop to work on the restoration and production of aircraft parts for the local aviation museum. Hamish is also in discussions for an exciting space themed honours project next year with support from local aerospace companies and societies.
"Since hearing about SGC and IAC coming to Adelaide, I have been looking forward to attending and expanding my insight into global space issues. It is a great honour to be representing my university in a field so closely aligned with my future career goals."
Nathaniel (Nat) Shearer is a 4th year undergraduate student at the University of Adelaide, studying Aerospace Engineering concurrently with Laser Physics and Technology. His interest in engineering and
science started at a young age working on his Dad’s race cars and travelling to race meetings. During high school Nat joined the Australian Air Force Cadets where he sponsored to become glider pilot and has been passionate about aerospace ever since. At university, he has been an active member of the aerospace community joining the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA). For his fellow students, he has actively improved student engagement with practical engineering projects. Most recently Nat oversaw the national Aerospace Futures conference for young Australasia aerospace professionals. Nat’s career in aerospace is just beginning and he is excited for the future.
“I was pleased and honoured to receive an award from my university to attend the SGC. I’m very excited to be able to learn from the amazing calibre of fellow SGC attendees and then share my experiences with my peers. It is with great pleasure that I will represent my fellow Adelaide University students.”
Madison Simmonds is an undergraduate student at the University of Adelaide. She completed her final year of high school last year, graduating in the overall top 10% of her cohort. This year she has commenced studying for a double degree of Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science, majoring in physics. She is enthusiastic about her studies of science and technology, which has always been fueled by an interest in space science, as well as the future of human space exploration. She is passionate about seeing more women enter STEM-based studies and professions, and is particularly inspired by the increasing numbers of successful women in science and engineering in the space industry. In addition to her studies, Madison also enjoys dance and has performed competitively both locally and overseas in a range of genres. She has recently joined the Adelaide University Motorsport Team, working on control system technologies for the next generation of electric vehicles.
“I was ecstatic to find out I would be attending SGC 2017. It is a huge honour to work with, and learn from people from all over the world on something that I'm passionate about, and to already start making a contribution to our knowledge of space science and space industry at this early point in my career.”