SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognized 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 April Members of the Month: Shared by Wendy Mensink, Graphics Lead, SGAC PR and Comms Team and Laura Rose on behalf of the SGAC Editing Team. 



Wendy Mensink

Wendy Mensink was raised bilingual (Dutch/German) in the village Denekamp, the Netherlands. After graduating pre-university education in 2009, she graduated in 2013 in Graphic Design (BA) with a Minor and Specialization in Conceptual Type Design at ArtEZ, Academy of the Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

From a very young age, Wendy has had a marvel passion for space exploration, manned spaceflight, astronomy, Earth observation and aviation. Since the beginning of 2015 she started as an independent Graphic Designer in the (inter)national space sector, to realize the ambition to work in the environment that she has always dreamed of. Because of this passion, Wendy attended the Space Studies Program 2015 of the International Space University in Ohio, United States.

Next to that, Wendy is the co-founder of Viridian Raven, a start-up that is developing a satellite application for risk assessment for forest management.


Wendy was nominated by Ali Nasseri, our Co-Chair:

"Wendy has been tolerating numerous requests from me regarding reports for the last few months. She has been our single graphics powerhouse at SGAC, reviewing the development of creative content and helping prepare our reports for release. The impact of her activities is clear in the SGAC Executive Summary, and the SGFF 2015 report recently released. Taking into account the other reports she is working on right now, I believe that her contributions are worthy of recognition through the MoM program."


Here's Wendy's reaction:

"It was quite a surprise to hear that I'm Member of the Month! I enjoy taking the design tasks, but mostly I'm fascinated by SGAC's large network over and over again. This brings lots of new ideas into a design process, which I experience as inspiring." 


From the SGAC Co-Chair, Stephanie Wan:

"Wendy has added a wonderful visual level of professionalism to our SGAC products and report, and her dedication (and perfectionism) can truly be exemplified every time we hand out an SGAC report.Outside of the report compilation world, I would highly recommend you to take a look at her design work -- as her work is beautiful. As SGAC has increased the number of events and activities, so has Wendy’s workload and I want to thank her for being such a great volunteer." 



Laura Rose on behalf of SGAC Editing Team

Laura Rose, PhD, is a biomedical engineer from Canada with expertise in biomaterials and regenerative medicine. She is an alumna of the International Space University (SSP’11) and currently works at the United States Food & Drug Administration outside Washington, DC.


Laura was nominated by Ali Nasseri, our Co-Chair:

“Laura has been working with SGAC as a member of the editing team. She works with her team behind the scenes, editing and proofreading all reports created by different SGAC teams and events. Her passion for editing and attention to detail has had a tremendous impact on the quality of SGAC reports which is clearly visible in the SGAC annual report.

I believe the work of Laura and her team has elevated our image within the space community, and is worthy of recognition. ”


Here is their reaction:

"SGAC’s Editing Team works tirelessly to ensure all published reports effectively communicate the viewpoints of the organization’s students and young professionals. Laura and the team are pleased to accept Member of the Month, and thank SGAC for acknowledging their efforts." 


From the SGAC Co-Chair, Stephanie Wan:

"SGAC struggles to standardize the Member of the Month since the organisation functions as a team of volunteers and some also go above and beyond. In addition, while there are usually more recognized teams out in SGAC (or in any organisation as a matter of fact), one of the silent implementers are the Editors. Like Wendy Mensink's graphic design role, the Editing Team’s detailed review of SGAC inputs coming from SGAC representatives around the world where English may be a second or third (or fourth) language, gets transformed into one unified voice. While we highlight Laura Rose’s contributions in the Editing Team, she would like to emphasise it was all teamwork, which includes efforts from: Candice Goodwin and Marta Lebron."




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