Member of the Month

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised 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.

We are proud to present the August 2011 Member of the Month: Cem Ozan Asma (Turkey), Project Coordinator (outgoing)

editSMALL_CEM_ASMA_ProjectLeadCem Ozan Asma got his BSc and MSc degrees from the Aerospace Department of the Middle East Technical University of Turkey. Then he moved to Belgium, where he got his second MSc and PhD degrees. Cem has been working at the von Karman Institute in Brussels for more than 10 years as a researcher and project manager on experimental high speed aerodynamics, re-entry flows and CubeSat projects. In 2010 May, when he was still young enough at the age of 35, he joined the SGAC family as the Project Coordinator. Having worked at this position until August 2011, he did his best to facilitate project kick-off and coordination at SGAC. Due to his increased work load and family responsibilities (with a baby girl joining his family), he is now in the position of transferring his mission to the new SGAC Project Coordinators Emmanuelle and Alanna, remaining at the service of the SGAC family.

Ariane Cornell, SGAC Executive Director, wrote:

"I would like to nominate Cem Asma.  He is our outgoing Project Coordinator.  He did an excellent job ofdefining a new and very important role at SGAC.  Moreover, he has done an excellent job in training the new project coordinators and handing over the torch.  This is just as important as being a strong leader when he was in the role.  SGAC is lucky to have been able to benefit from Cem's support and the calibre of leadership excellence that he brought to the position."

Our Chair Michael Brett commented on Cem's success:

“Congratulations to Cem on being recognised for all his hard work as Project Director over the past two years. Through Cem’s leadership, SGAC has substantially increased both the quality and quantity of its output on policy advice and other initiatives. SGAC’s growth and great reputation is built on the fantastic volunteer work of members like Cem.”

And here is Cem's reaction to his nomination:

"I had an amazing year with the SGAC family as the Project Coordinator between May 2010 and August 2011. Although this responsibility was one of the most fulfilling tasks I ever had in my life, being chosen as the Member of the Month is the best gift I could ever imagine from SGAC. I would like to thank all members of the SGAC family who have helped me in my Project Coordination role and in getting the Member of the Month award. The Project Coordination role was always motivational and fulfilling for me because SGAC members have such a huge potential and interest in new projects that will take the SGAC values to higher and higher. I am now leaving this position because I don't think I can spare enough time that the SGAC projects deserve and I also believe that this role should be taken over by younger members who will grow with SGAC and its projects. Nevertheless, I am always at the service of SGAC in any way that I can serve. I am looking forward to many days where we will be celebrating the successful days of SGAC."

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised 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.

We are proud to present the July 2011 Member of the Month: Victoria Alonsoperez (Uruguay)

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. Victoria is also working as a Project Co-Coordinator during this year’s SGC which takes place in Cape Town, South Africa.
Guzel Kamaletdinova, NPOC Russia nominated Victoria:

I met Victoria last year during SGC and IAC in Prague. As I know, she was also part of the inaugural IAF Youth Grant winners. Victoria was very energetic and was inspiration to everybody! Since Prague, I have seen lots of news about space activities with her participation and I think that she is a good example for all of us young space leaders!

 

Our Co-Chair, Catherine Doldirina congratulates Victoria on the nomination:

Congratulations to Victoria who is an enthusiastic, initiative and hardworking member of the SGAC family! She is an excellent ambassador for the organisation as she helps to promote our activities whenever she can, and particularly throughout this summer. Victoria also has been on the Space Generation Congress organising team for the past two years and is a reliable team member. We could not be happier with this choice of the Member of the Month!

 

And here is the reaction from Victoria Alonsoperez:

I feel honoured to be nominated for the Member of the Month. Being part of SGAC has been an amazing experience. SGAC is a wonderful organization and I believe that it can develop to be even greater. I also feel grateful and lucky to be able to work with a number of outstanding people who share the same passion for space with me. I learned a lot from SGAC and it has changed my life. Thank you for the nomination!

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised 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.

We are proud to present the June 2011 Member of the Month: Iulia-Elena Jivanescu (Romania)

Iulia_MOM_June_11Ms. Jivanescu, who joined the Romanian Space Agency as a research assistant within the Spatial Applications Department in July 2008, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in geography from the University of Bucharest and a Master of Science degree in geographic information systems and remote sensing from Babes Bolyai University. She is also a graduate of the International Space University’s Space Studies Program 2009, and is currently earning her second Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering at Polytechnic University of Bucharest. Jivanescu’s areas of interest and study are lunar science and exploration.
 
Andy Bacon, Alex Karl and other members of the NEO Working Group nominated Iulia:
The recent 'Future of Planetary Defense' public outreach event held in Bucharest Romania would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of Iulia over the weeks and months leading up to the event. She took care of all the obvious and less obvious tasks in Romania to make sure the event goes smoothly. Her professionalism, skills and enthusiasm made sure the event went indeed incredibly smoothly and was highly successful. Considering she also had a very high workload related to the organisation of the PDC, it is all the more exceptional what she did to support the Space Generation without losing her smile. She more than deserves this recognition in appreciation of her work. From the whole NEO WG: Mulţumesc mult Iulia!
 
And here is the quote from our Chairs:
We are thrilled to recognise Iulia's contributions to SGAC’s Conference on Planetary Defence in Bucharest last month. The event's tremendous success would not have been possible without her efforts and leadership. Congratulations!

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised 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.

We are proud to present the May 2011 Member of the Month: Agnieszka Lukaszczyk (Poland/USA)

Agnieszka Lukaszczyk is the former SGAC Chairperson. From 2006 until 2009 she held the Executive Officer position at SGAC. She is also a Space Policy Consultant for Secure World Foundation. A  Polish/American national, Agnieszka is based in Brussels, Belgium working on the European space policy and United Nations (UN) civil space activities covering the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and working closely with the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs (OOSA).In addition, during the period of September 2006 to June 2008,Agnieszka worked at the European Space Policy Institute. Agnieszka also serves as the the Vice President - Europe for the World Space Week. She holds a Masters degree from the American University School  of International Service in International Politics and a Bachelor  degree in Political Science form the University of Tennessee. She also studied at the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium; the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland. She gained professional experience at  the Political Section of the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, American  Electronics Association in Brussels, European Department of the Polish  Senate in Warsaw and the Warsaw Business Journal.

 
Ravit, National Point of Contact for Thai nominated Agnieszka Lukaszczyk:

I would like to nominate Agnieszka as MoM May to show my appreciation for the wonderful work that she did as an SGAC member and the Chair. Agnieszka was and is still very active in all her endeavors for SGAC. She contributes all her time and energy into lifting SGAC to a more professional and wider organizations reaching out to new members everywhere.

And here is the reaction from Agnieszka Lukaszczyk:

I feel honored to be voted the Member of the Month for May, particularly one month after I finished my term as the SGAC Chair. It really means a lot to be recognized by the members of the organization that had an incredible impact on my life. SGAC has been extremely close to my heart and I cannot imagine not being part of it in some way. Thank you Space Generation and keep rocking that space world! 

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised 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.

We are proud to present the April 2011 Member of the Month: Minoo Rathnasabapathy (South Africa), National Point of Contact for South Africa and Co-lead of the Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group

Minoo completed her degree in Aerospace Engineering with Honours at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. During her studies, she completed an internship in Germany, where she was working on structural design improvements for the Ariane 5 launch system. Minoo is currently a PhD student in Aerospace Engineering. Her doctoral research investigates an impact of damage onto novel materials used in aerospace structures. Minoo’s past research experience includes the analysis of hypervelocity impact dynamics on spacecraft due to space debris. What is more, she has recently helped to set up the SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Working Group. Minoo is also involved in Space School Africa as an advisor in the Emerging Astronaut Programme. As the advisor, Minoo is trying to engage young South Africans in space science and technology through educational outreach initiatives. In her spare time, Minoo is a conniosure of international  cuisine and trains in Karate (she has a black belt).


Guzel Kamaletdinova, National Point of Contact for Russia nominated Minoo:

I am happy to nominate Minoo for the April 2011 Member of the Month! I first heard about Minoo in 2009 when she was awarded the IAF Youth Grant.  However, we became acquainted sometime later, during the recent SGC in Prague (September 2010). I am currently working with Minoo in the Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group. As a co-lead of this group, Minoo is incredibly enthusiastic and, in spite of many difficulties, she puts her best efforts to encourage the group members, including me. I find her very careful, helpful and responsible. I know that I can count on her advice! Therefore, I would like to honour her work and efforts!

And here is the reaction from Minoo:

I first came across SGAC in 2009 when I was awarded the IAF Youth Grant to attend Space Generation Congress and International Astronautical Congress in Daejeon, South Korea. During that Congress, I had a chance to meet and become inspired by some of the incredible members of the SGAC.  The organisation has offered me a number of opportunities, which made a major impact both on my professional and personal goals. I see SGAC as a platform to share ideas with like-minded space enthusiasts which brings to the forefront the strong global collaborations that are required in our evolving space industry. I am proud to be part of SGAC - thank you for the nomination.

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised 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.

We are proud to present the March 2011 Member of the Month: Thu Vu Trong (Vietnam), National Point of Contact for Vietnam.

editSMALL_Vu_Throng_Thu_NPoC_VietnamAwed by the black & white pictures sent back from the planet Mars by the Mars Pathfinder mission of 1997, high school student ThuVu Trong was quickly captivated by space. From the first telescope made with a magnifying glass and his father’s farsighted glasses, Thu built many telescopes using household items and surplus optics over the course of time. In 2002, Thu and his friends founded the first amateur astronomy club in Hanoi, which has now expanded to be a community of amateur astronomers in Vietnam. He joined the Saturn Observation Campaign organised by NASA in 2004 and shared the exciting news and photos from Saturn with many pupils and students during World Space Week, Yuri’s Night and other space events.
 
In March 2006, he participated as a translator and speaker in the Space Education Forum organised by UNESCO together with JAXA and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. There, for the first time he met and spoke with an astronaut in person - Dr. J. Jacques Favier of ESA, who gave Thu his portrait and the words “Don’t ever let your dream down!”.
 
In August 2007, after a year of work, Thu submitted his proposal for the ART spacecraft, for the Planetary Society’s Apophis mission design contest. Although his work did not make it to the prize winning level, the proposal made it to the Semi-Finals, making the first cut.
 
In May 2008, he joined team FredNET – an open source international team competing for the Google Lunar X PRIZE. The team consists of people from different countries around the world with different backgrounds, but share the same vision (besides winning the Google Lunar X PRIZE) of making space more accessible for mankind.
 
By the end of 2008, Thu quit his job as a Software Engineer to pursue his dream of space exploration and development by founding the FSpace Laboratory within FPT University. Together with his team of space enthusiasts, they are learning and working hard to design and manufacture a picosatellite called F-1. The satellite carries a low resolution camera, a magnetometer andseveral temperature sensors. Their plan is to launch it into Low Earth Orbit by the end of 2011 onboard Interorbital’s Neptune 45 launch vehicle.
 
Today, Thu encourages young people to study sciences and promotes space technology application. His favourite quote is “Learn something new every day”.
 
Yohan Ferreira (Sri Lanka), Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific, nominated Thu:
"I am happy to nominate Thu Trong Vu to be the March Member of the Month! According to his Facebook profile, Thu is "a space enthusiast who wants to bring the sky closer to the Earth". A passionate space advocate, he has actively supported SGAC since being appointed NPoC for Vietnam in November 2009. Thu has participated in promoting and organising SGAC and World Space Week events in his home country and representing the organisation at international events.
Besides observing planets and stars with telescopes, Thu also has an interest in astrophotography and recorded the 2004 Venus transit of the Sun using a Sony Handycam with a welder’s glass taped in front.
 
A 2009 IAF Youth Grant Award winner, Thu was fully funded by the organisers to be a delegate at the UN / Austria / ESA Symposium 2010 on 'Space Applications to Support the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development' in Graz, Austria. He was a delegate at SGC 2009 and 2010, and Coordinator of the SGAC booth at the 61st International Astronautical Congress in Prague. Thu is an extremely reliable and hard working individual who successfully led a team of volunteers to efficiently manage the booth. He was the first person there and the last to leave, resulting in him missing many sessions and events just so that he could take care of the SGAC booth. The booth looked amazing and was a huge success, drawing many hundreds of visitors during the five day event.
 
A graduate of the International Space University's 2010 Space Studies Programme in Strasbourg, France, Thu has worked as a researcher at the Space Technology Institute and currently serves as the Manager of FSpace Laboratory at FPT University. His specialties include Project Management (PMP certification), space system engineering, cubesat development, and space education and outreach. Apart from space exploration and astronomy, his other interests include computers, robotics, reading, WWII history and amateur radio. Thu is a tireless volunteer and an invaluable asset to SGAC. We are proud to have him representing Vietnam in the Asia Pacific team!"
 
And here is our MoM March reaction:
“My first encounter with SGAC was almost two years ago when I was supported by the IAF to attend the 60th IAC in Deajeon, South Korea. It was the first time I met so many young people who shared the same interest for space and with whom I could talk endlessly on favourite topics. The enthusiasm, dedication and friendliness of SGAC members quickly made me feel like I’ve found my “space” family and I simply wanted to contribute my part to the organisation’s overall success. To be recognised as Member of the Month is really an honour for me. Thank you all for the nomination and lets continue working to build up SGAC. Ad astra!”

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised 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.

We are proud to present the February 2011 Member of the Month: Andrea Boyd (Australia/Italy), National Point of Contact for Australia and SGAC co-editor

editSMALL_Angie_Boyd_NPoC_AustraliaAndrea Boyd (Italy/Australia) is a Mechatronics Engineer who flies to work as a Control System Specialist in the central Australian desert. A past executive of the AIAA Adelaide Student Branch, she's been actively involved in SGAC since university including creating and fulfilling the inaugural intern position in Vienna, serving on the Executive and leadership awards to SGCs. During an Endeavour engineering scholarship to study robotics at Yeungnam she adopted Korea as a 4th home and used this insight as Logistics Coordinator of SGC09 in Daejeon. Andgie was a part of an undergrad thesis team that designed and built a supersonic ramjet that was successfully launched at Woomera. From independent global travels for work/study over six continents, she has picked up several languages, is a student pilot, clarinet player, avid basketballer and whilst working full time as an engineer is concurrently studying full time towards a Masters of Linguistics.

Yohan Ferreira, RG Asia Pacific, nominated Andrea:

"Andrea has been very actively involved in SGAC for many years - a dedicated member, Winter Intern at the SGAC office in Vienna (2006-2007), Executive Secretary (2008-2009), SGC 2009 International Logistics Coordinator in South Korea and currently serves as NPoC of Australia and Editor in the PR and Communications Team. She was awarded the Peter Diamandis Leadership Award 2007 and SGC 2009 Staff Leadership Award by SGAC for her hard work and commitment to the organisation. Apart from volunteering for SGAC, Andrea was editor of the UN's World Space Week report. She assists supervising at the South Australian Space School and National Space Camp, and has served as a member of staff since 2004 at the National Space Society of Australia's Australian Space Development Conference. Andrea is also Co-Chair of Aerospace Futures - a team of young aerospace enthusiasts with a passion for the industry and inspiring the next generation of aerospace engineers. She was a part of an undergrad thesis team that designed and built a supersonic ramjet that was successfully launched at Woomera. From global travels, including teaching English in Russia/Korea, Andrea has picked up several languages and is currently working full time as an engineer while concurrently studying full time towards a Masters in Linguistics. She has done outstanding work to promote SGAC and her passion for space continues to inspire many youth space advocates around the world. I can't think of anyone more deserving to be SGAC's February Member of the Month!"

And here is our MoM February reaction:

“SGAC is awesome. It's combined my loves of space, engineering and international relations and it has been so much fun over the years to take up opportunities, meet up with SGACers virtually and in person around the world and feel at home wherever we collaborate. I have adored working with SGAC and plan to continue until my youth is up! Totally out of the blue to hear the MoM news! Thanks!” 

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised 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.

We are proud to present the January 2011 Member of the Month: Muhammad Shafiq (Pakistan), former Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific

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Muhammad Shafiq (Pakistan) has Bachelor and Master degrees in Space Science and is a doctoral researcher at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. His research interests include climate change, remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications in glaciology & hydrology. He was the moderator of the Climate Working Group at the Space Generation Congress 2010 in Prague. He worked with "Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission" at Lahore as a research scientist for several years. He is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Astronomer's Society in Pakistan, Islamic Crescent Observation Project, and the Pakistan Society of Geographical Information Systems. Within SGAC he  is NPoC for Pakistan and the former RC for Asia Pacific.

Ravit Sachasiri and Pathara Limsira NPoCs of Thailand nominated Shafiq:

"Shafiq has been an excellent Regional Coordinator for the Asia Pacific region and has worked consistently to co-ordinate with NPoCs in their respective countries to promote events and programs on behalf of SGAC. Shafiq assisted me when I was first nominated as NPoC and also advised me on how SGAC may assist the NPoCs in event organisation. Shafiq kept himself up-to-date with all the NPoCs and their activities and volunteered a lot of his time to assist. I believe that Shafiq is a model SGAC member and has been a good leader for the Asia-Pacific region." Ravit Sachasiri (Thailand)
 

"My first contact with Shafiq happened when I was selected to be the NPoC of Thailand. Ever since then he has been a wonderful supporter. For example, he kindly edited and guided me to prepare my presentation for APRSAF last year. And this is just one example. I am convinced that there are countless examples of his contribution to the development of SGAC through the years from his position of Regional Coordinator. I would therefore like to honor his significant contribution by nominating him for being member of the month in January." Pathara Limsira (Thailand)


And here is our MoM January reaction:
“I am pleased to hear about my nomination for the prestigious recognition as 'Member of the Month' by the Space Generation Advisory Council. SGAC is a fantastic team of people working for the bringing the benefits of space science and technology to the people by involving the young generation (the space generation). My term as Regional Coordinator of Asia Pacific has ended recently, but I will keep volunteering with SGAC in some other role. The SGAC is a great example of a multicultural organisation, where members come from different countries, religions and customs and are committed to work for space awareness and outreach activities around the globe. I am happy to be part of the Space Generation.”


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