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 December 2010 Member of the Month: Juergen Schlutz, National Point of Contact Germany

Juergen Schlutz (Germany) is an aerospace engineer with a solid background in conceptual design, space exploration architectures and lunar mission design, having graduated from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Between 2000 and 2005, he was an active member and coordinator of the propulsion team for the SSETI Express (launched 2005) and ESEO student satellite projects. In 2005 he joined the scientific team around Prof. Ernst Messerschmid at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) of Stuttgart University as a research associate and lecturer. Juergen also worked as a consultant to ESA in the frame of European exploration architecture studies, after which he continued the architecture work as a member of international working groups for the development of an international lunar reference architecture that was published in 2010. Since 2009, Juergen is also getting actively involved with White Label Space, a competitor for the Google Lunar X PRIZE. He represents the group in Germany and coordinates some outreach and marketing activities. Since May 2010, Juergen is working for the German Space Agency (DLR) in the department of Human Spaceflight, ISS and Exploration.

Damian Bielicki (Poland), Regional Coordinator for Europe, and Ariane Cornell (US/France), Executive Director nominated Juergen:

Juergen is one of the longest SGAC members, and throughout the years had a significant contribution to SGAC development. He was extremely active within the organisation, and outside. He was promoting the Blue Marble, had a significant contribution to the General Assemblies and fundraising for SGAC. He is the first point of contact with DLR and promotes activities in Germany, like the Conference in Stuttgart, and was a great supporter of Yuri's Night in the past and is now during the 50th Anniversary in 2011. He is an exemplary SGAC Member and one of the best NPoCs.


And here is our MoM December reaction:

“I got to know SGAC when participating at SGC 2006 in Valencia, where the incredible atmosphere immediately enthused me. Since then, I have been following SGAC activities, taking actions where I could in order to support the growing organisation. What strikes me again and again about SGAC are the diverse and motivated people from all around the world. United by the passion for space, they are dedicated and professional where necessary, but also open minded and enjoying community where possible. Space Generation is more than just a network (although the network is a large part and works extremely well), it has become renown in agencies and space institutions worldwide for its pool of highly educated individuals as well as its project-oriented output. I am happy to be part of Space Generation, and will continue to play my part as NPoC, locally, regionally and internationally.”

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 November 2010 Member of the Month: Catherine Doldirina

Catherine Doldirina is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University. She has been conducting legal research MOMOctober10__CatherineDoldirinarelating 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, as for example 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.

And here is our MoM November reaction:

"I joined SGAC in 2007 and since then met many enthusiastic young people who believe in space and actually do things to promote development of space activities. I am always glad and honoured to participate in SGAC events and activities, because it is the way I can contribute to the fascinating space future of our generation!"

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 November 2010 Member of the Month: Ondrej Bruna (Czech Republic), SGC 2010

Ondrej Bruna grew up always gazing at the stars, which inspired his passion for space and technology in general. He chose to studyondrej electrotechnics at the secondary school in Olomouc and continued his studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE) at the Czech Technical University (CTU). Here he focused on control engineering and cybernetics. Ondrej has also studied abroad for a semester at Kansas State University. Upon returning, Ondrej has continued his studies in control engineering, where he is now in his second year of his master's degree.

Yohan Ferreira (Sri Lanka), Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific, nominated Ondrej:
"I am pleased to nominate Ondrej Bruna, Conference Venues and Fundraising Coordinator in the SGC 2010 Local Team, for October Member of the Month. I had corresponded with Ondrej by e-mail before meeting him in Prague on 19th September. Ondrej was very dedicated from the beginning and invaluable to making SGC 2010 a resounding success! He efficiently handled multiple roles which included offering valuable suggestions, guiding us around Prague, liasoning with the Charles University staff, helping in the negotiate with the catering, picking up outreach material from the Czech Space Office and the delegate bags from the logistics company, assisting to prepare the main lecture room, packing the delegate bags, assisting to shop for food for the coffee breaks and wine for the reception etc. Despite the pressure, he was always friendly, calm and never lost his sense of humour. It was a pleasure meeting and working with him. We need more committed, selfless volunteers like Ondrej to take SGAC forward. I hope he also considers applying for the position of Co-NPoC for the Czech Republic as he and Pavel would make a great team! For all these reasons, Ondrej deserves to be recognised as the SGAC Member of the Month for October. "
 
Please see the photos in my online album 'SGC 2010 - Behind-the-Scenes' as evidence:
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=230769&id=506201972&l=1f0cfd8824
 
And here is our MoM October reaction:
“SGC was a great experience thanks to the opportunity to connect with young people sharing the same passion as me. I was happy to help with the congress and to be part of such a great group of people. I was also very proud of Prague being the host city of SGC and IAC. I hope that everyone enjoyed it as much as possible.  We did our best! Along with me many other people from Czech Republic worked on the preparations. I think everyone did a great job and I am very happy I could be part of it. I appreciate very much being chosen as Member of the Month. Thank you very much.”

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 September 2010 Member of the Month: Vanessa Passoni, NPoC of Italy

Vanessa is 26 years old and she is from Udine. She graduated this year with honours in International Policy and Diplomacy MS at the University of Padua, Italy. She also holds a degree in International Relations with specialization in Human Rights. In 2008 Vanessa worked at ESA-ESRIN Frascati as a research intern, writing her thesis project on “general remote sensing principles for disaster prevention and mitigation”. Since 2008 she is a member of the European Center of Space Law and since May 2010 she has been working at the European Space pOlicy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna as a research intern focusing on regulatory framework of outer space.

Damian Bielick, RC Europe, nominated Vanessa:

“Although Vanessa joined SGAC in early 2010, she has been an exemplary and very dedicated Member. In a very short period of time she was of great help for SGAC while being at ESPI in Vienna. She was also leading negotiations with Telespazio (Italian Space Academy Foundation), which resulted in advanced conversations about deeper cooperation between the Organisation and SGAC. She is also planning other negotiations within Italian space sector, and is very actively and widely promoting the Italian-SGAC cooperation. Moreover, Vanessa has been appointed to be a Tutor during the ESA/ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy in Jaen, Spain, where she was also a representative of SGAC.” Damian Bielick (Poland).

Our September MoM reaction:

"I found out about SGAC accidentally at the beginning of this year. When joining SGAC I discovered a unique environment where the youth plays the main role. Thanks to SGAC, I have the opportunity to share my experience with other members, as well as to gain knowledge form the others members. As an NPoC for Italy, I can share what my country does in the space field and inform other members about the events organised for the young space community. I am convinced that the young space community can really make the difference, helping developing countries through increasing awareness of the benefits coming from the exploration of the outer space and giving everybody the opportunity to play a role in the space sector.Being an SGAC member, and in particular NPoC is an amazing experience but it also requires a lot of attention, constancy and patience, which I hope to always deliver.  I would like to thank every member of SGAC for this appointment!" Vanessa Passoni.

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 2010 Member of the Month: BekeleTujuba, NPoC of Ethiopia

Bekele Tujuba was born in Addis Ababa. He spent his first 13 years in Ambo, a town located about 100 kilometers from Addis Ababa. At 14 years old Bekele returned to Addis Ababa to attend high school. He got his BSc in Applied Physics from Addis Ababa University in 2008/2009. Immediately after completing his BSc, he started working as Physics teacher at St. Joseph International School. After four months, he traveled to South Africa to attend the Astrophysics and Space Science courses under a program called National Astrophysics and Space Science program (NASSP), hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT). In addition to being SGAC NPoC for Ethiopia, Bekele served as apresident of the Union of Physics students (UPS) for two years and was also a member of the National Team for IUPAP Women in Physics Working Group. In addition, Bekele is an organizer of Yuri’s Night World Space Party in Ethiopia and he is the National Coordinator of World Space Week. He is also a member of the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) and the Ethiopian Physics Society.

Christopher Andrew Vasko(Austria), Web Editor, nominated Bekele:

“I first got in contact with Bekele when working in the Vienna office. Since then I gradually grew to appreciate the hard work that our African SGAC members do. Their spirit, motivation and dedication to motivate young people in their regions are another important view of what the Space Generation really is about. His attendance to the UN-SPIDER conference and the warm personal welcome he extended to our Chair underlined this feeling. SGAC relies on people like him to spread the word and the spirit, and I am especially proud to see that Bekele could attend the UN conference to make a good impression there. I wish him luck in his future endeavors and I am proud he is part of our team.

And here is our MoM August reaction:

“I first heard about SGAC from Abebe Kebede who then sent me a link to apply for SGC – 2007 in Hyderabad. I immediately applied to become NPoC for Ethiopia as well and I was officially appointed as NPoC in December 2007. Since then, I have led various outreach activities during World Space Week and Yuri’s night. I have always enjoyed working and sharing ideas with SGAC members and staff. I regret not being able to participate at SGC, a remarkable event every SGAC member should be part of, I believe. I am a member of different professional organisations but I enjoy SGAC the most. I am more than happy to continue contributing to space science in Ethiopia and Africa.”

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 2010 Member of the Month: Misheck Mutuzana, NPOC of Zambia

Misheck Mutuzana was born in the town of Mufulira, Copperbelt province in Zambia. Among his many academic accomplishments, he has a diploma in computer studies and one in art & design. Misheck also has technical training in graphics (Evelyn Hone College), training in e-learning (ICT-UNESCO Bangkok), is a Master Teacher in Creative Arts (iEARN USA) and has a Certificate ICDL (European Computer Driving License Foundation). He has participated and presented papers at numerous international conferences in ICT-related themes and subjects such as the Global Teacher Network. Besides being an SGAC National Point of Contact for his country, he is also a Project Implementation Team (PIT) member of the Enhancing the Visual Presentation of Education Content (ENEDCO) Project on the Copperbelt, as well as the Coordinator for SchoolNET Zambia in Mufulira. Misheck also coordinates the Global Teenager Projects on the Copperbelt to enhance the participation of schools in the use of ICT’s. He is also an engaged member of many groups dedicated to e-learning like the e-brain forum of Zambia, Computer Society of Zambia, Open Source Zambia Initiative (OSZi) and Teachers without Boarders (TWT). Currently, he teaches computer studies at a high school in the Copperbelt province and is the national examiner and setter in computer studies in collaboration with Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ).

Ariane Cornell, Executive Director of SGAC, recommended Misheck Mutuzana saying that:

“Misheck became the Zambian NPOC just this past April and has done a model job since. In June, he put on an event to spread the news about SGAC in Zambia and to encourage younger generations to become interested in space. He also has been very encouraging of his fellow NPOCs, participates in SGAC activities, and has done a good job communicating with the executive office. For coming from a non-spacefaring nation in a region where tools like reliable internet are not necessarily a given, I think Misheck has done an excellent job so far as NPOC. He is an inspirational character in SGAC leadership, and the initiative that he takes is indicative of the potential of our demographic in the space sector around the world.”

And here is the July MoM’s reaction:

“My experience with SGAC-Zambia has been overwhelming, lucrative and educational. Many thanks go to Mr. Simpemba and the SGAC-Zambia team for introducing me to SGAC-Zambia activities. Our main aim for SGAC-Zambia is to introduce and make awareness of Space Generation activities and formulate Space Generation clubs in schools, and this is coming to fruition. So far, we have formulated three Space Generation clubs in schools, namely, Mpelembe Secondary School, Mufulira High School and Butondo Secondary School. We hope to have more schools joining and participating in the Space Generation club activities in the coming months.”

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 2010 Member of the Month: Christopher Andrew Vasko of Austria, SGAC Webeditor

MOM_June_VaskoChrisChristopher Andrew Vasko was born in Vienna, Austria. After high school he chose to study physics at the Vienna University of Technology bringing him in contact with the topic of space and space-research from a scientific perspective. During his studies he became an active voluntary member of the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF), a local Austrian space group founded by some of the first members of SGAC. There he participated in various projects as an engineer, such as a simulated international Mars mission, developing and constructing a remote controlled rover and a stratospheric balloon for experiments. Later he participated in the ESA Summerschool program, designing a sample recovery mission to the Moon, which won an award as "Young Lunar Scientist Project" later that same year, at the International Lunar Conference 2007. As an intern at an Austrian company he helped developing a novel plasma propulsion engine for space applications and wrote his thesis on the impact of highly charged ions on surfaces at the Vienna University of Technology. After that he got involved with SGAC as an intern to the Vienna Office. His interests lie in astrobiology, plasma physics and bioengineering, computer aided-design (CAD) and astrophysics. Christopher is currently doing his PhD in physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Aziz Kayihan (Turkey), Regional Coordinator Middle East, nominated Chris:

“After Chris joined SGAC, the first great job he did was the Annual Report. Besides this, he went on to complete other great jobs as well. He made the SGAC website look very good and work smoothly, which was a hard work to do, but he did an excellent job. He really jumped on to things and got very tough responsibilities. He really devoted himself to SGAC and adapted very quickly. Thanks to him our website is running so well, a reason for which I am perhaps the most happiest to have him in SGAC. He is a great colleague, team mate and friend. I am glad SGAC members agreed with my thoughts and voted Chris. He is and will always be a precious member of SGAC”

And here is our MoM June reaction:

"I have first heard about Space Generation Advisory Council when Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, our current Chair, moved to Vienna and told me about this international organisation of young enthusiasts, apparently just as hungry for space as myself. As it turned out, some of my colleagues at a local Austrian space group were present when SGAC was founded and can be considered as "SGAC dinosaurs". When the Intern position at the SGAC Vienna office was announced, I was just graduating from university and was looking into options to work and jumped at this unique opportunity. SGAC and the work with Ariane and Agnieszka have been a great benefit to me - I have learned so much about our organisation, the people involved and how space policy is being done. It was truly a rush, 3 months including two meetings of the COPUOS Subcommittees, long nights compiling reports from all over this world for our annual report, challenging discussions and an internship at the European Space Policy Institute. SGAC and its network have widened my horizon and taught me so much - above all, that we are truly the Space Generation and that we are standing on the Shoulders of Giants that paved our way here. Our dreams, hopes and fears can shape our future and it is up to us live our dreams every day. I am proud to part of this - thank you all for your 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 May 2010 Member of the Month: Patthara Limsira, NPoC of Thailand.

MOM_MAY_editSMALL_Patthara_Limsira_NPoC_ThailandPatthara Limsira is a 28-year-old lawyer, living in Bankok, Thailand. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, at Chulalongkorn University and has a Certification of Honors, Xiamen Academy of International Law, P.R. China. He works as a lawyer and starting April this year he is an Intern at The Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.


Ariane Cornell, Executive Director of SGAC, recommended Patthara Limsira:

“Patthara Limsira, SGAC’s NPoC of Thailand, is very deserving of the distinction of May’s Member of the Month. SGAC thrives thanks to its volunteers and volunteer leaders. Patthara is the epitome of one of these volunteer leaders who keeps SGAC going and growing. Since Patthara joined SGAC as the NPoC of Thailand last year, he has been a model NPoC. He represented SGAC and presented SGAC’s YGNSS project at the APRSAF conference in Thailand. He has submitted excellent material for SGAC’s annual report and new website. Finally, he has been working diligently at growing SGAC’s presence in the Asia Pacific region through developing a relationship between APRSAF and SGAC as well as through looking for other opportunities for SGAC and its members to contribute to local space activities. On top of all this, Patthara is all around a pleasure to work with. I extend to him a sincere congratulations and gratitude for what he has given so far to SGAC.”


And here is our MoM May reaction:

“My first encounter with The Space Generation Advisory Council was almost two years ago while accidently coming across the website of the organisation. At the time I did not know what it was, but I only hoped that it would be something fun. In fact, SGAC proved to go beyond my expectations. I enjoy being part of the organisation and it is truly my honor to have been appointed National Point of Contract (NPoC) for Thailand despite my modest space experience. SGAC has opened the door for the space community from the moment I took this position and therefore I wish to bring my best contribution.
I have always been guided by the kind advice coming from the SGAC people. The lesson I have learned since becoming an SGAC member is that the future of space is in our hands, we just have to act now and everything will be possible. Moreover, one important thing I gained from SGAC is the friendship of SGAC members, especially Yuqian Maryonsail Dong, NPoC of China, whom I wish to thank and congratulate for her contribution to SGAC.
Please allow me to humble say thank you to SGAC for recognizing me as Member of the Month May. I would not have been graded this without the support of everyone. For this I am grateful to you all.”


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