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.

SGAC is proud to present the Space Gen September Member of the Month: Aafaque Khan

Aafaque KhanAafaque is a dynamic student of mechanical engineering at Maulana Azad National Institute of technology (MANIT) in Bhopal, India.  He is very passionate about pursuing a career in space, and apart serving as SGAC's Executive Co-Secretary, he also leads a team of 40 undergraduate students in developing a Nanosatellite at MANIT.  He was recently awarded the IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant to attend the IAC and SGC 2012 in Naples, Italy. He is also one of the young panelists at the Next Generation Plenary session at IAC 2012.  Friends and colleagues often refer to Aafaque as "enthusiastic community educator", "versatile researcher", "creative" and "full of new ideas and experiments".  Aafaque is committed to the cause of Space Generation as a dedicated volunteer for years to come.

Joyeeta Chatterjee, SGAC Regional Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Region, nominated Aafaque:
I am pleased to nominate Aafaque Khan, SGAC Co-Executive Secretary as Member of Month for September, 2012.  He has now been with the organisation for a year and has been elected to his current position in a short period of time.  He is also part of the NASA-SGAC Exploration video team.

Aafaque is a mechanical engineering student from India.  He has been recently awarded the prestigious IAF Emerging Space Leaders Grant to attend the Space Generation Congress and the International Astronautical Congress in Naples, Italy.  He is also one of the panellists at the Next Generation Plenary Session at the IAC.  Apart from conducting space outreach activities, he is also involved with projects involving small students' satellites.   He has been doing remarkably well in his career and his tireless contributions to SGAC deserve a special mention.  I wish him success and prosperity in all his upcoming endeavours.

Here is SGAC September Member of the Month, Aafaque Khan’s, reaction:
“SGAC has been a wonderful platform and I am proud to be a part of the team.  I joined Space Gen last year, after IAC 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa.  With overwhelming support from fellow SGAC members, I was able to achieve this great success.  I look forward to contributing to the organisation in many ways, including in my current position as Executive Co-Secretary.  It has been a small journey and an enlightening experience for me to work with a great group of people.  Being nominated for Member of the Month was a pleasant surprise for me, considering I am still a fresh member of the organisation and have a lot to learn.  It has been a great year so far, and I am very excited to be more involved in SGAC’s activities.”

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina:
“Congratulations to Aafaque!  He is indeed a devoted and tireless volunteer within SGAC, even though he is a relatively new member of the organisation.  It is great to know that Space Gen can rely on people when it is necessary, and Aafaque is one of them, as he does tasks that are often overlooked by the community as secretary.  Member of the Month is only a tiny recognition of his work and contribution to the Organisation.  All the best!”

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