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 SGAC October Member of the Month: Christopher Vasko (Austria)

Christopher VaskoChristopher was born in Vienna, Austria. He studied Physics at the Vienna University of Technology, which brought him in contact with the topic of space and research from a scientific perspective. During his studies he became an active voluntary member of the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF) where he participated as an engineer in various national space related outreach/educational projects. During his last years at the university, he worked as an intern at a small privately held Austrian company assisting in developing a novel plasma engine for space applications. After his thesis, Christopher had an internship at the European Space Policy Institute, the SGAC Vienna office and worked as scientific advisor for an international think-tank based in Germany. Christopher is currently completing his PhD in applied physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has been an active in SGAC since 2009 as intern to the Vienna office, web editor, National Point of Contact for Austria and most recently as the Treasurer of SGAC.

Michael Kretzenbacher (Australia), SGAC PR & Comms Co-Lead, and Emmanuelle David (France), SGAC Project Co-Coordinator, nominated Christopher:
"I have chosen to nominate Christopher Vasko for the October Member of the Month due to his tireless efforts working behind the scenes during the 2012 Space Generation Congress in Ercolano, Italy.  I don't believe I saw Chris sitting down and relaxing at any point during the congress, he was almost always working hard, organising the videotaping of speakers, photography, audiovisual equipment and various other aspects to ensure that SGC was recorded and ran smoothly.  Chris put in a gargantuan effort this year, and very much deserves to be recognised." - Michael Kretzenbacher (Australia)

"I believe he is one of the greatest talents who makes the organisation run, and is a critical part of SGAC.  Although Chris is usually "behind the scenes", he has done tremendous work as Lead of the Web Team.  This has allowed SGAC to have a window on the Internet with a professional website.  Currently, Chris is Treasurer for SGAC, which is a key position.  Chris was very active during the Space Generation Congress and International Astronautical Congress as photographer, sound engineer and, in general, being there whenever needed.  He has the ability to welcome and encourage new members to SGAC and make them feel comfortable.  His leadership skills will make SGAC grow in the future.  I also want to conclude by acknowledging his constant good mood, openness, kindness, humility and integrity." - Emmanuelle David (France)

Here is Chris' reaction:
"This nomination is a great honour for me and motivates me immensely, thank you! In the past years I have seen SGAC developing step by step, with all of us gradually growing into our tasks. Names I used to see in emails or only heard about became actual people, many of those have quickly become friends as well. Working with all of you has been - and is every day - a great experience. I am looking forward to see how far we can take SGAC together. This has been amazing time so far, and every minute of work has more than paid off. SGAC taught me the value of teamwork and how important motivation really is when being part of a team. Thanks again, ad astra per aspera!”

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina (Georgia):
Congratulations, Chris! He is truly an outstanding example of excellency in the SGAC team! I am very happy to know that other volunteers and the executive team see it this way, too, and have rewarded Chris' efforts, hard work and time dedicated to SGAC and SGC. All the best!

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