SGC 2011 Staff Team

 

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Michael is the current Chair of SGAC. He lives in Brisbane, Australia where he works as a consulting systems engineer on a range of projects including the HIFiRE hypersonics research program and Antarctic Broadband satellite program. He has a degree in Aerospace Avionics Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia and is currently studying an Executive Masters of Business in Project Management also at QUT.

Michael was a delegate at SGS 2002 in Houston, Sponsorship Manager for SGC 2005 in Fukuoka, moderated a group at SGC 2009 in Deajeon, and was SGAC’s Treasurer for four years. He has been actively involved in the Australian space community for many years assisting the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, Royal Aeronautical Society, Aerospace Futures conference and National Space Society.

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Catherina_Doldirina_newCatherine Doldirina has recently submitted her PhD thesis at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University. She has been conducting legal research relating to space activities since 2005. Her expertise lies in the field of intellectual property law and her current research relates to the legal status of remote sensing data. She has lectured on European competition law, European copyright law and space law at the University of Bremen and at the European Humanities University (Lithuania). She has also tutored at the European Space Law Centre summer school on space law and policy. Her professional experience was gained as legal assistant to specialist copyright lawyers (Bremen). She successfully completed an internship at the European Space Policy Institute, Vienna, drafting the study “Case for Space” during this time. She authors work on other aspects of space law, is engaged in the research activities at the Institute of Air and Space Law (e.g., the Space Security Index) and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. In 2009, she was awarded the Diderick Verschoor award and prize for the best paper by a young author for the Colloquium on Space Law of the International Institute of Space Law. Catherine has been involved with SGAC for several years as the SGAC’s National Point of Contact for Georgia and the Project Coordinator for the 2010 Space Generation Congress.

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editSMALL_Ariane_Cornell_Executive_Director_AustriaAriane Cornell is currently the Executive Director of the Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications (SGAC). Ariane’s 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 honors thesis was entitled, “Sino-American Relations in Space: Cooperation, Competition, or Coopetition?” Following her studies, she worked in management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. With Accenture, she has 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.  She has been SGC Congress Manager since 2009.

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editSMALL_Minoo_NPOC_SouthAfricaMinoo is currently a PhD candidate in aerospace engineering, as well as SGAC National Point of Contact for South Africa and Co-Lead of the SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group. As SGAC National Point of Contact for South Africa, Minoo hopes to be an inspiring role model to young South Africans who endeavour to be part of the future global space community. Her involvement in outreach projects such as Space School Africa aim to create awareness through education, in order to engage young South Africans in space science and technology.

 

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P_Harris_editPhilip Harris is a flight planner and international operations engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Center. As part of his responsibilities, Harris works with NASA’s domestic and international partners in developing planning and operations products for the International Space Station (ISS) program. Other current work assignments include ISSLive!, a project designed to extend ISS planning and telemetry data to the public. Harris joined NASA in 2007 as a cooperative education student at the Dryden Flight Research Center in California, where he developed business products for the Western Aeronautical Test Range. Harris transferred to the Johnson Space Center in August 2007, and worked in the information technology, astronaut training, ISS on-board data systems, and international operations groups throughout his cooperative education terms. Harris graduated from the University of Denver in August 2010and joined NASA full-time in September 2010.

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editSMALL_H_Tugca_Sener_Translator_TurkishTuğça Şener Şatır is a PhD student at Queen's University of Belfast and a research student at Armagh Observatory since October 2010. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Ankara University - Astronomy and Space Sciences Department and Master's Degree from Erciyes University. During her bachelor's studies, she performed many observations of binary stars and variable stars. She had also been in Bonn at Argelander Institue fur Radioastronomy for two years. In 2010, when she first joined to SGAC team, she served as Turkish translator and subsequently she has been named National Point of Contact for Turkey. She is a member of Turkish Astronomical Society and Royal Astronomical Society. Apart from the academic side of space, she also enjoys meteor observations and taking astrophotographs.

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joyetta_chatterjee_RC_AsiapacJoyeeta Chatterjee is the SGAC Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator. She has recently graduated from Gujarat National Law University, India. Her area of interest is space law and policy, particularly the legal regime governing commercialisation and privatisation of space activities. Apart from being the only Indian to be admitted to the ESA-ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy 2010, she has also represented her University in the Asia-Pacific Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition 2008 and has had an internship stint at the Indian Space Research Organisation headquarter. She has presented several research papers at various national and international conferences including the International Astronautical Congress 2010. She has successfully completed the ISU Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program held at the University of South Australia, Adelaide with full scholarship and a summer programme on public international law at the Xiamen Academy of International Law, China. She has applied for Master’s programme in Air & Space Law and has been admitted at McGill University as well as Leiden University.

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editSMALL_Victoria_Alonsoperez_NPoC_UruguayVictoria was born and raised in Montevideo, capital city of Uruguay, where she is a senior electrical engineering student at the Universidad de la Republica. Throughout her life, her biggest passion has always been space. It started at the age of four years, and since then she always tried to become involved in as many aerospace activities as she could. In 2009, Victoria was awarded with the IAF Youth Grant that enabled her to participate on the UN/IAF Workshop, the IAC and the Space Generation Congress. After that she became very excited about the work done at SGAC and some months later she became SGAC National Point of Contact of Uruguay.  In 2010, Victoria presented a project at NIA's forum RASC-AL with a group of friends from Uruguay and later that year also presented a paper at the IAC on Uruguay's aerospace activities. Also in 2010, she was project co-coordinator of SGC Prague which was an amazing experience for her. Currently, Uruguay is giving its first steps on the practice of aerospace engineering by building the first Uruguayan cubesat and Victoria is in charge of building the attitude determination system with two friends.

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Becker_Kate_editKate Becker is a masters student at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, Washington DC, USA. Kate holds a BA in physics and mathematical sciences from Bethel College, Kansas, and an MA in Theology and Ethics from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Indiana. She previously worked at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in space science education, serving as Camp Programs Manager for the Future Astronaut Training Program. Kate is currently the staff assistant at the Space Policy Institute.

 


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editSMALL_Beata_SzczepaniakBeata Mäihäniemi is a PhD student in business law at the University of Helsinki. With degrees in Administration, specialising in Finance and Economy she is currently writing her doctoral thesis on antitrust issues; however, she is also interested in space policy and law. Beata has been an active Member of SGAC Communications and PR team since February 2010 and was awarded with the SGAC Young Leader Scholarship to attend the SGC 2010 in Prague. She has been a co-author of one of the reports from the SGC 2010 (Industry group) as well as of the article on space industry which will be presented during this year’s IAC.

 

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Crystal_forrester_editCrystal Forrester graduated from a double degree of Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) with honors and Bachelor of Science (Physics) at the University of Adelaide in 2009. In 2011, she attended the International Space University's first Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program where she was chair of the Team White Paper Project, and is currently completing the Graduate Certificate in Space Studies at the University of South Australia. Crystal is currently working as a helicopter structural integrity engineer in Melbourne, Australia, and is the Events Manager for the Royal Aeronautical Society – Melbourne Branch. Crystal has a passion for space activities and technologies and is working towards developing a unified Australian Space Industry and building Australia's role in the international space community. She has been involved with numerous conferences as volunteer staff, committee or reviewer including Australian Space Development Conferences, APRSAF 2010 and the Australian International Aerospace Congress. She attended the SGC in 2008 and presented the paper “Space for Humanity” at the IAC that year.

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editSMALL_Elizabeth_TangElizabeth was the Logistics Co-Coordinator for SGC 2010, and is honored to be the Delegate Co-Coordinator for SGC 2011 this year. Elizabeth has always been passionate about space, which motivated her to study aerospace engineering in Georgia Institute of Technology. During her undergraduate years in Georgia Tech, Elizabeth was actively involved in many campus activities such as the Outreach Officer of Mars Society at Georgia Tech and the President of Sigma Gamma Tau – Aerospace Engineering Honor Society Georgia Tech Chapter. She was also selected to be a part of the Mars Desert Research Station Georgia Tech Crews in 2006 and 2007. Her undergraduate research in policy model for space economy infrastructure was presented at the 56th International Astronautical Congress in 2005 and was then published in Acta Astronautica in 2007. Her current graduate research areas are aircraft manufacturing-influenced designs, composite manufacturing and supply chain network modeling. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory at Georgia Tech. She speaks fluent English and Mandarin Chinese, and is learning Japanese. With her multi-cultural and technical background, Elizabeth hopes to contribute to the future international collaborations in space commercialization and development. In her leisure time, Elizabeth loves to learn about the inspiring new developments in commercial space sector. She also enjoys volunteering work, traveling, drawing, reading, and occasional cross-stitching projects.

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edit_farnaz_ghadakiFarnaz Ghadaki is an executive marketing professional, and currently serves on the board of directors at the Canadian Space Commerce Association (CSCA). Farnaz has held multi-disciplinary roles in a variety of industries including space, telecommunications, wireless, and electronic manufacturing. Her expertise include strategic marketing, product lifecycle management, business development, event management, and public relations. Farnaz has been instrumental in organising, hosting, and promoting many events including the largest one-day space symposium in Canada with over 1,000 attendees annually. She is a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council and served as delegate at SGC2010. Farnaz is in a masters-level studies program at the International Space University (ISU), holds certificates in Project Management as well as Entrepreneurship & Small Business, and a BASc in Computer Engineering.

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editSMALL_Oana_Sandu_PROana is working as Community Coordinator for the education and Public Outreach Department (ePOD) of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). She is responsible for the promotion of outreach products or events and the social media presence of both ESO and ESA/Hubble. With a degree in Communication and Public Relations and a Masters Degree in Marketing, she worked for two years in a leading PR agency from Eastern Europe. As a volunteer, she has been involved with SGAC and enjoying being a member of the Space Generation since 2009. She was also involved in projects such as Global Astronomy Month and World Space Week. She keeps a blog on astronomy communication at www.astronomycommunication.wordpress.com. To get in touch with Oana you can connect on Twitter (twitter.com/oanasandu) or Facebook (facebook.com/oana.sandu).

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julio_aprea_editJulio is a Argentine-Spanish who was born and raised near Buenos Aires. He attended the University of La Plata where he earned his Industrial Engineering Degree. He also attended the International Space University where he earned a Master of Science in Space Studies. Following his studies, he worked in software project management with Techint based in Buenos Aires. He then started working in space project management for the European Space Agency as project controller in 2005. As project controller, Julio participated in projects like ADM-Aeolus and Cryosat, successfully launched last year from Baikonur. Currently he is part of the Ariane 5 Programme team. Julio has in the past been the Regional Coordinator of SGAC for South America.

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editSMALL_VaskoChris_InternChristopher was born in Vienna, Austria. He completed his undergraduate education in physics at the Vienna University of Technology, which brought him in contact with the topic of space and space research from a scientific perspective. During his undergrad course he joined the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF) as volunteer. He participated as engineer in various national projects such as a simulated mission to Mars using the Mars Desert Research Facilities in the United States, assisted in developing and constructing a remote controlled rover and a stratospheric balloon. In 2007 Christopher won a scholarship for the ESA Summerschool Alpbach program, where he was choosen to represent his team and their mission project. Their mission concept won an award as "Young Lunar Scientist Project" later that year at the International Lunar Conference 2007. In 2009, he worked as an intern in a privately held Austrian company, developing a novel plasma engine for space applications. Christopher is currently doing his PhD in applied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Christopher joined SGAC as an intern in the Vienna office and remained active as one of the SGAC web editors. He was recently approved as National Point of Contact for Austria.

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PierreVanHerden_NPOC_SAPierre van Heerden completed his BSc. in physics and applied mathematics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (2005-2008). During 2007, Pierre studied at the Universitaet Osnabrueck, Germany as part of an exchange programme. In 2009, Pierre received a BSc. Honours from the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP). The NASSP is a collaboration of various South African institutions providing tertiary education in astrophysics and space science and is based at the University of Cape Town. As part of the BSc. Hons. degree, he worked with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) to measure the rotation periods of a number of rapidly oscillating, chemically peculiar A-type stars. Pierre is currently doing research for his NASSP MSc., which is concerned with refurbishing and commisioning one of the SAAO's automated telescopes. In particular, Pierre will be working on the telescope's software. In future, Pierre plans to get more involved in the space sector - more specifically, he is interested in monitoring and searching for variable stars and extra-solar planets, unmanned exploration and alternative propulsion.

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cjChijioke Cj Nwosa is completing his Masters programme in Space Science and Technology at the University of Cape town/South African Astronomical Observatory. He holds a Honours degree in Astrophysics and Space Science from the University of Nigeria. Cj is currently assessing SumbandilaSat's (South Africa's national satellite) in-orbit risks from space debris and space weather. Generally, his research interests include spacecraft-environment interactions, and preservation of the near-Earth space environment. He has been involved in payload design, sounding rocket campaigns, planetary and gravity waves projects (using the radars at Antarctica), and space related outreach programmes in South Africa. He is a Co-lead for SGAC's Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Working Group.

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michael_afful_editMichael Afful is currently a graduate student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Thereafter, he completed other degree with Honours in Astrophysics and Space Science through the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) in University of Cape Town. His current research involves satellite orbit design and decay analysis. Michael first came across SGAC in 2010 when he attended the IAA/ NASDRA symposium in Nigeria. During that symposium, he had a chance to meet and become inspired by some of the incredible members of the IAA. Since then, Michael always wanted to be part of SGAC. He sees SGAC as a unique platform to share ideas with like-minded space enthusiasts which brings to the forefront strong global collaborations that are required in an evolving space industry. It is his aim to eventually form a space research group at his institution and to introduce graduate and undergraduate courses in space science and technology in his department. Further, he wants to work towards a space agency in Ghana. Michael is currently the NPoC for Ghana and a fan of soccer. He is proud to be part of SGAC.

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dayne_kemp_editDayne Kemp is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa studying towards an electrical engineering degree. On completion of this he would like to specialize in control engineering in order to enter the space industry professionally. Dayne is the founder and chairperson of the first student chapter of the South African Space Association (SASA) at UCT. The student chapter serves as a forum for information exchange between students and professionals. The chapter also has a keen interest in experimental rocketry and focuses lots of their attention on this. Dayne has also been working on a project at the South African Astronomical Observatory which involves the structural and electrical integration of a rocket motor test stand which will be used to characterize various rocket motors and fuel types.

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H. Tuğça Şener Şatır is a PhD student at Queen's University of Belfast and a research student at Armagh Observatory since October 2010. She had her Bachelor's Degree from Ankara University - Astronomy and Space Sciences Department and Master's Degree from Erciyes University. During her Bachelor's she performed many observations of binary stars and variable stars. She had also been in Bonn at Argelander Institue fur Radioastronomy for two years.  In 2010 when she first joined to SGAC team, she served as Turkish translator and afterwards she has been National Point of Contact for Turkey. She is a member of Turkish Astronomical Society and Royal Astronomical Society. Apart from the academic side of space she also enjoys meteor observations and taking astrophotographs.


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