7 December, 2016
On 19 November 2016 SGAC held an elections for the North, Central America and Caribbean (NCAC) Regional Coordinator position. The votes have been cast and it is with great pleasure that we announce Ms. Kavya Manyapu (USA) has been elected as the Regional Coordinator for the region.
Results for the 2016 North, Central America and Caribbean Regional Coordinator Elections:
This election had two applicants, Ms. Kavya Manyapu (earning 75% of the votes) and Mr. Jorge Vega Rodríguez (25% of the votes). The election oversight committee did not receive any objections from National Points of Contact in the region.
Kavya K.Manyapu (USA)
Kavya K.Manyapu is a Flight Crew Operations Engineer on the CST-100 Starliner program at the Boeing Company and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of North Dakota in Aerospace Sciences designing innovative (patent pending) technologies for planetary spacesuits. She previously worked as a Flight Test Lead on the Starliner program, the Orion spacecraft at Lockheed Martin, and in various roles on several other space exploration projects. She holds a M.S from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics and B.S from Georgia Tech in Aerospace Engineering. She served as a crewmember on NASA’s 15-day Asteroid simulation mission in at the Johnson Space Center and two Analog Mars Missions in Utah, researching technologies needed for long duration human space missions. She is passionate about human space exploration and building technologies to propel space exploration along with a belief in the applicability of space research for betterment of our planet (Bringing space down to earth!). Kavya has also taken on a role of a STEM mentor and space advocate to inspire the next generation globally,participating/conducting more than 50 events over the last few years at regional, national and international levels. She has been a member of SGAC since 2007 and has actively participated and contributed to three Space Generation Congress events in various roles.
"Thank You for giving me this exciting opportunity to contribute to such a fantastic organization. I am looking forward to furthering efforts to engage and empower the next generation of space enthusiasts across the region and collaborating with diverse talents across the globe for a sustainable future of space exploration!"
Some words on the election results from SGAC Chair, Stephanie Wan:
"We are excited to work with Kavya in her new capacity as Regional Coordinator -- I have gotten to know her quite well during the past two SGCs and she has been an active contributor during the events! I believe that as RC, she will have the opportunity to utilize her work experiences and skillsets to not only support the region, but play a positive role in the Executive Council internally and externally. In the NCAC region, there were two very talented candidates that applied."