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)
Victoria 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!