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 SGAC's May Member of the Month: Philip Harris
Philip Harris is a flight planner and international operations engineer at the NASA Johnson Space Centre. As part of his responsibilities, Harris works with NASA’s domestic and international partners in developing planning and operations products for the International Space Station (ISS) program. Other current work assignments include ISSLive!, a project designed to extend ISS planning and telemetry data to the public. Harris joined NASA in 2007 as a cooperative education student at the Dryden Flight Research Centre in California, where he developed business products for the Western Aeronautical Test Range. Harris transferred to the Johnson Space Centre in August 2007, and worked in the information technology, astronaut training, ISS on-board data systems, and international operations groups throughout his cooperative education terms. Harris graduated from the University of Denver in August 2010 and joined NASA full-time in September 2010.
Tiffany Chow, SGAC NPoC for the USA, nominated Philip:
"My favourite kind of volunteer and leader is the one who makes everything work smoothly and effortlessly without stealing any of the limelight, and without asking for any credit or recognition. Philip really embodied that as Lead of Logistics at the Space Generation Fusion Forum. So much would not have happened without his leadership and organisation, and he did it all in the background without seeking attention!"
And here is SGAC's May Member of the Month, Philip Harris', reaction:
"Thank you very much for the honour of being SGAC Member of the Month for May 2012. SGAC does, and continues to, do great work in bringing the next generation into all that is space exploration. I know that I have benefited both professionally, and personally, from SGAC’s events and opportunities, and I have enjoyed the opportunity to help organise a few of them. I am truly honoured to be Member of the Month, and want to thank all the hardworking SGAC members and staff - SGAC wouldn't be the great organisation that it is without you! Thank you."
From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina:
"I am very happy that Philip Harris is May’s Member of the Month! Philip did an amazing job as a staff member for the Space Generation Fusion Forum. He was devoted to all the tasks that he had as the logistics co-coordinator and beyond. All the delegates and other participants of the event, I believe, noticed his friendliness. His work is evidence that SGAC members are capable of, and willing to commit to the organisation and its needs, which is one of the things that we rely on everyday to achieve the success that we aspire. I hope that Philip will continue to be an active member, and serve as an example for a lot of others within the SGAC family. Congratulations, Philip!"
From SGAC Deputy Executive Director, Andrea Jaime:
"Philip Harris has been a devoted SGAC member. His most highly regarded contribution was as a member of the logistics team for the Space Generation Fusion Forum. His association with the event, his patience, his invaluable contribution to the organising team, and his “always ready to help” attitude, means he truly deserves this recognition as Member of the Month. Thank you very much, Philip, for all your hard work put into preparing SGFF, and for all your help on-site. Congratulations!"