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, and we continued this until today.
SGAC is proud to present the SGAC December 2014 Members of the Month: Andrea Jaime
Andrea Jaime Albalat (Andrea Jaime) is a Spanish aerospace engineer that was born in Onda, Spain. She earned in 2007 a double undergraduate degree in both Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Barcelona. During these studies, she spent one year at the North East of Wales Institute (NEWI) in the United Kingdom. In 2010, Andrea earned her masters in Aerospace Science and Technology, also from UPC in Barcelona (2010).
Additionally, Andrea is an alumni of the International Space University's (ISU's) Summer Studies Program (SSP) 2009 which was hosted by the NASA Ames Research Center in California, USA. Andrea also completed the CVA (Communauté des Villes Ariane) Summer School, hosted by Rome in 2011. She started her professional career working as part of the organisational committees of several workshops and conferences including, ISU's SSP 2008 in Barcelona. Since then, Andrea has worked at the European Space Agency as a Young Graduate Trainee. Based at ESTEC in the Netherlands she worked for the Human Spaceflight and Operations Directorate. In October 2011, she moved to Vienna to work as the Deputy Executive Director of SGAC, which lead her to become the Executive Director in July 2012.
The SGAC Executive Office nominated Andrea.
Christopher Vasko, SGAC Chair:
"I had the pleasure of working with Andrea for her complete term as Executive Director. I am proud to look back; Andrea was new to the SGAC when she started, but that was no issue at all. She quickly picked up what she needed from our team and soon owned the position with confidence and ever increasing professionalism. Sometime during countless skype, goTo, and Mumble meetings and hundreds of facebook and whatsapp messages later we became very good friends and a good team - meeting at events felt like we just met yesterday and became part of my SGAC experience. Thank you for all your time spent (and sometimes patience) with me and my fellow Executive Office members, and congratulations on a job very well done. I will certainly miss the shared excitement, our daily conversations and your good mood! Good luck to you and for your future, where ever it may be, I am sure you will be successful and amazing!"
Victoria Alonsoperez, SGAC Co-Chair:
"SGAC has certainly benefited over the past 4 years from having someone as dedicated and committed as Andrea. It was a real pleasure for me to work with her, first as South America Regional Coordinator and then as co-Chair. Something that I would definitely highlight from her is her enthusiasm and positive vibe all the time. Her ability to cope with problems always with a smile is something very rare to find. We will definitely miss her in the Executive Office and I wish her all the best on her future endeavors."
Minoo Rathnasabapathy, SGAC Deputy Executive Director:
"It has been an incredible experience working with Andrea in the SGAC headquarters in Vienna. Her hard work and dedication to SGAC are truly commendable, and it has been a pleasure to learn from her during my transition to the Executive Director role. I wish her all the best in her next adventure!"
Here is Andrea's reaction:
“Thank you very much to all the SGAC Executive and to the entire organisation! The past three years have been an invaluable experience for me, beginning as an engineer and ending as a director of such a tremendous group of great professionals. It has been a pleasure to work for SGAC, specially because I have met the most amazing, smart, and committed young professionals in the sector (we wanted to hire each other to start a company at the end of every project we started!) I would like to thank Victoria and Chris for the nomination for this month, a great way to end my term as Executive Director. I have to actually thank them a lot, as well as to the other Chairs I previously worked with as they have been a unique support for me, not only during the successful times, but also during the "crisis" situations.
I cannot thank enough to the organisation, including the Executive, the team members, the SGC and SGFF organising teams, the SGC and SGFF delegates, the Advisory and Honorary Board, and to all those senior professionals who always encouraged me and the rest of the team to work harder and with more confidence to keep reaching higher. I look forward to my next endeavor, confident that all the skills I learned from all my mentors at SGAC will help me to give even more to our sector. Thank you SGAC!"