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 2011 Member of the Month: H. Tugça Sener Satir (Turkey), Translator and NPoC
H. Tugca Sener Satir is a PhD student at Queen's University of Belfast and a research student at Armagh Observatory since October 2010. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Ankara University - Astronomy and Space Sciences Department and Master's Degree from Erciyes University. During her bachelor's studies, she performed many observations of binary stars and variable stars. She had also been in Bonn at Argelander Institute fur Radioastronomy for two years. In 2010, when she first joined to SGAC team, she served as Turkish translator and subsequently she has been named National Point of Contact for Turkey. She is a member of the Turkish Astronomical Society and Royal Astronomical Society. Apart from the academic side of space, she also enjoys meteor observations and taking astrophotographs.
Aziz Kayihan (Turkey), Regional Coordinator for Middle East, nominated Tugça:
“After joining SGAC as Turkish translator, Tugca wanted to get more involved with SGAC and got appointed as NPoC of Turkey as a result of her
application. On the way of preparations for the greatest SGC ever, in Cape Town South Africa, Tugca was one of these people who was behind the curtains, but helped a lot as Logistics Co-Coordinator. She is also the one who got the funding for our SGC and SGAC pins that we have been proudly carrying throughout SGC and IAC. She has been, and will continue to be, a great contribution to the SGAC family.”
And here is our MoM Tugça’s reaction:
“It's my honour to be recognised as the MOM by SGAC, thank you all. SGAC has always been a great organisation to be involved with. I started as a translator in 2009 and then became NPoC of Turkey. These were followed by being one of the organising committee members for SGC 2011 and during all this, SGAC was a great inspiration for me. But there is still a lot to be done. I try to introduce SGAC as many people as possible not only in my country but wherever I go, all around the world. Attracting the youths’ attention to space will no doubt bring many new challenges and surprising ideas for the human future. It is a privilege to be a member of such a dynamic and international organisation. There is so much to do for all of us and it's our responsibility to act faster than time. Clear skies!”