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 March 2015 Members of the Month: Norah Patten
Dr. Norah Patten is an Adjunct Faculty Member and Co-Chair of the Space Humanities Department at the International Space University's Space Studies Programme.
Dr. Patten works as the Communications and Outreach Manager with the Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp) where she was recently the project manager on a successful ESA proposal worth €240k for a new materials research project.
Dr. Patten co-ordinated ‘The Only Way is Up’ initiative at IComp in which, through an agreement with NanoRacks, the first experiment designed by Irish secondary school students was sent to the International Space Station in July 2014. Norah has participated in several space related courses; interned at the Boeing Company in Seattle Washington USA and Bell Labs Alcatel Lucent; has featured on national television and other media; and is a regular speaker at public events. She is a Space Generation Advisory Council national contact point in Ireland and is a regular contributor to the Astronomy Ireland magazine.
James Harpur, NPoC Ireland, nominated Norah:
"Norah recently secured the first Irish experiment on the ISS with a secondary school from Limerick. Norah also hosted the World Space Week event last week in Dublin."
Here is Norah's reaction:
“I am thrilled to be selected as SGAC member of the month - it's an honour to be acknowledged amongst my peers."
From our new SGAC Co-Chair, Stephanie Wan:
"I am impressed with Norah's efforts and the impact she is making in Ireland. Keep up the amazing work!"