Space Generation Congress 2017 Team

Organising Team and Local Organising Committee

A team of dedicated volunteers make up the organising team of the 16th Space Generation Congress 2017, to be held in Adelaide, Australia. This passionate group of students and young professionals are working tirelessly to ensure SGC delegates enjoy the best possible experiences and opportunities while in attendance. On behalf of SGC 2017 Team,  we look forward to seeing you in Adelaide in September!


Arnau Pons (Spain) 
Congress Manager

Arnau Pons is a Ph.D. student in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. He has been awarded the “la Caixa” fellowship in order to research on rocket propulsion and combustion instabilities in aerospace propulsion systems. Arnau holds a Master’s Degree of Aerospace Propulsion Theory and Engineering by Beihang University in Beijing, China. Furthermore, he received his Aeronautical Engineering degree (B.S. and M.S.) specialized in Space Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Terrassa, Spain. He also attended the International Space University Space Studies Program 2015 hosted by the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in partnership with NASA Glenn Research Center. In addition to his academic interests, Arnau is fully engaged with the SGAC community and currently is the SGC 2017 Congress Manager. He is a glider pilot and loves playing soccer.


Florian Ruhhammer (Germany)
Deputy Congress Manager

Florian Ruhhammer is currently working within the “Launchers Product Assurance and Safety Division” of the European Space Agency (ESA) in the frame of its Young Graduate Trainee program. Florian has a M.Sc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bremen, Germany. He was a student research assistant for the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and Centre of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). Florian was an active member of the Student Experimental Rocket programme (STERN) lead by DLR, in the research of newly green propellants and propulsion systems. Florian has been appointed as part of the SGC 2016 organizing team as well as Deputy Manager for the 2nd E-SGW.


David Ho (Malaysia)
Working Group Coordinator

David Ho

David LX Ho, SGAC's Malaysian NPoC, works in Singapore. When he has free time, David dabbles in space law. David was the Programme Lead of the Asia Pacific Space Generation Workshop in 2016 and was the Master of Ceremonies of Singapore’s Global Space and Technology Convention 2017. David graduated from University College London (UCL), where he struggled to scale musical heights as a tenor singer in the university opera and trudged in the rain-soaked mud of Regents Park as the left back of the Law Society football team. Today, removed from his favoured habitat, he swims and plays badminton.


Angeliki Kapoglou (Greece)
Working Group Coordinator

Angeliki Kapoglou

Angeliki Kapoglou is a systems designer and strategy consultant with an obsession with working across disciplines and large scale systems. She grew her career at CERN, NASA and the European Space Agency. Her UCL MSc thesis was in collaboration with the ISS Utilization Office at ESTEC, and she has worked with JPL's Innovation Foundry on collaborative design methodologies for early space mission concept formulation. Moreover, after spending last year at one of the world’s leading centers for innovation, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, Angeliki became interested in applying Human - Centered Design methodologies as a strategic planning tool for international space exploration. Currently she is leading the Stakeholder Engagement Working Group for ESA’s HQ Moon Village initiative. She is a former SGAC NPoC for Greece and one of the main organisers for SG[Greece] 2017 - the first European local event organized by SGAC.


Ariane Bouilly (France)
Delegates Coordinator

Ariane Bouilly

Ariane Bouilly is currently working for the Strategy Department of the European Space Agency, more specifically as an environmental engineer for the sustainable development office. She graduated in 2014 from the French engineering school AgroParisTech where she studied environmental engineering and more specifically waste, water, land and energy management. As part of her studies and linked to a longstanding interest for space she undertook a series of internships focusing on the link between space and the environment. She first worked with Airbus Defence and Space analysing management strategies for terrestrial environmental issues that could be adapted to the space debris issue. Then she joined the French space Agency CNES for her master’s thesis project focusing on how space observation could be used to study plastic pollution in the oceans, for which she got a first prize during the 2014 ESA-NASA international workshop on environment and alternative energy.


Camilo Andres Reyes (Colombia)
Delegates Coordinator


Camilo Andrés Reyes Mantilla was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia in 1990. He is a Mechanical Engineering senior student at the Engineering Faculty and young researcher of Los Libertadores University in Bogota, Colombia. Camilo is also the Intern at the Colombian Air Force Office for Outer Space Affairs, and alumni of the International Space University Space Studies Program 2016. On January 2016 Camilo was named as the Global Coordinator of the InsightSTEM organization. He has performed research projects with weather balloons in Colombia and Argentina, he was part of the Clementina III stratospheric balloon mission teamwork, project conducted by La Punta University and the Argentinean Association of Space Technology. Likewise, he worked in a project of the same nature with the Colombian Air Force and the Colombian Commission of Rocketry and Astronautics, names: Colombia seen from the edge of Space, mission SUE I. He performed a research internship in the aeromechanics branch at NASA Ames Research Center in 2014, as well as a research visit in ion propulsion at the National Institute for Space Research of Brazil - INPE. He is the National Point of Contact of the Space Generation Advisory Council for Colombia, and was attendee with SGAC in the 58th session of the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space in Vienna, Austria.


Chris Beauregard (USA)
Communication Coordinator

Chris Beauregard

Chris Beauregard is a first year graduate student pursuing a master's degree at the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He's focusing his studies on international space policy and commerce and most recently occupied the role of Staff Assistant for the Institute, primarily handling events and communications. After receiving his undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communication from The University of South Carolina, Chris held a position in business development for the Washington, DC office of ThyssenKrupp, a global engineering, technology and materials company. Chris is looking forward to participating as a delegate in the 2017 Space Generation Fusion Forum and will spend his summer in Vienna, Austria as a visiting scholar at the European Space Policy Institute.


Maryanne Muriuki (Kenya)
Communication Coordinator

Maryanne Muriuki

Maryanne Mumbi Muriuki lives and works in Kenya. She is a Disaster Management and International Diplomacy professional. Currently, she is working as the Kenya National Point of Contact (NPoC) for SGAC. She is keen on the implementation of Satellite Broadband as well as other space based technologies to improve and enhance Africa’s disaster preparedness. She is the deputy lead researcher at ILICIT Africa (Integrating Livelihoods Thru’ Communication Information Technologies). Their focus is on the landslide prone area of Bududa, in Eastern Uganda.



Kelsey McBarron (USA)
Multimedia Coordinator

Kelsey McBarron

Kelsey McBarron is a third year law student at California Western School of Law and an aspiring space lawyer. Before law school, she graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2014 with degrees in English and Criminal Justice. Last summer she also studied Policy, Economics and Law at the International Space University’s Space Studies Program in Haifa, Israel. In her free time, she enjoys cheering on the Anaheim Ducks hockey team and explaining to everyone she meets why the shuttle Discovery is one of the greatest machines mankind has ever built.




Maria Grulich (Germany)
Scholarships Coordinator

Maria Grulich

Maria grew up in Hannover, Germany and graduated with an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2016 from the Technical University of Munich. She spent one semester at ISAE SUPAERO, in France and wrote her master’s thesis at the Florida Institute of Technology. She has been involved in a student working group for rocket science working on the mechanical design of a 1U CubeSat. As a team leader, she developed a sounding rocket experiment which flew in 2015 on REXUS 18 from Kiruna, Sweden. Maria participated in several space mission design competitions and workshops such as Space Station Design Workshop and RASC-AL from NASA. Currently she is working at ESA in ESTEC as a Young Graduate Trainee in the Review Office of the Inspector General. Maria is part of the core team of Young ESA a networking group organizing field trips and events for its members.


Leehandi De Witt (South Africa)
Scholarships Coordinator

Leehandi De Witt

Currently completing a Masters in International Law and Foreign Policy, Leehandi is a full time young professional who has been working in the space industry for the better part of four years. Employed by NewSpace Systems, a South African satellite component manufacturer, her roles include Business Development Lead, Policy Advisory and Compliance Officer.  In addition to this, Leehandi acts as Policy Advisor to the South African SCS Aerospace Group, Policy Advisor and UNCOPUOS representative for the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment, as Secretariat for the South African National Space Systems Enterprise Initiative, an Organising Committee Member for the United Nations Basic Space Technology Symposium and at the end of last year, became a member of the SGAC Space Law and Policy Project Group.


Brock Little (Australia)
Scholarships Coordinator

Brock Little

Brock is in his final year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Engineering, majoring in Mechanical & Aerospace, at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Brock attended his first SGAC event in 2016, at SGC in Guadalajara. There, he was in the Space Situational Awareness working group. He was amazed at the passion and professionalism exhibited within the running of the event, and aims to help make it bigger and better in Adelaide this year! Brock has previously worked at Airbus Group Australia Pacific on the Australian Army's ARH Tiger Battlefield Helicopter. Currently, he is completing his Master's thesis on The Effects of Surface Catalycity on Spacecraft Re-entry Heat Transfer. With aspirations of working in the space sector, Brock is excited to soon start his career in the aerospace industry.


Julia Heurtisch (Austria)
Support Team

Julia Heuritsch

Julia Heuritsch dream has been to become an astronomer since she was 5 years old so she studied astrophysics in Vienna, Canberra and Leiden (NL). However, not so happy with the current (publish-or-perish) research system, she converted to science policy and is currently working at the Center of Science and Technology Studies in Leiden, studying the relationship between the current science evaluation system and knowledge production in astronomy with the aim to make Space Science run smoother. She is super interested in different ways of thinking and human behaviour. Julia is very open-minded and loves to hear stories from people of other cultures. That is why she loves to work in international environments and she is very much looking forward to supporting the SGC2017 come into being and to its inspirational effects.


Hiba Ahmed (Pakistan)
Support Team

Hiba Ahmed

Hiba Ahmed recently earned her BS degree in Space Science from Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan. She interned in the Meteorological Department, Pakistan. She has been involved in organizing several events at her university. She plans to do higher studies in the near future. Her research interested include space mission design and climate sciences. She is willing to get involved in space sector. She wants to heighten the space program of Pakistan and eager to spread awareness about space sciences in her country. This is her first experience with SGAC and she hopes to learn a lot.



Peter Schulte (USA)
SGC Dedicated Editor

Peter Schulte

Peter Schulte is currently a fourth year graduate student and National Science Foundation Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Peter is a PhD candidate in the Space Systems Design Laboratory under advisor Dr. David Spencer. His research career began as an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin, where he was involved in student satellite projects Bevo-1 and FASTRAC. His Master’s research at Georgia Tech involved development, integration, and testing of an autonomous Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GN&C) subsystem for the Prox-1 student satellite project. His PhD topic involves fault protection for aerospace vehicles. Peter was a delegate to the Space Generation Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico in September 2016.


Eleanor Morgan (USA)
SGC Dedicated  Editor

Eleanor E. Morgan

Major Eleanor E. Morgan is a U.S. Air Force pilot with experience in both manned and unmanned aviation. Her interest in human factors engineering and psychology, combined with her passion for space exploration and human space flight led to her involvement with the SGAC.

Since 2014, she has been a delegate at three Fusion Forums, presented papers at both the 2016 AIAA Space and the 2016 IAC conferences, selected as a master moderator for the 2017 National Space Symposium, and is currently working with the IAF Human Space Flight Committee chairman to organize and moderate a plenary session at the 2017 IAC.

Major Morgan earned her commission and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2006. She holds a bachelor of science degree in systems engineering management, a master of science degree in space studies, and completed her master’s thesis research on the topic of "Simulating Long Duration Deep Space Missions.”


Conor MacDonald (Australia)
LOC Partnerships Coordinator - LOC Lead

Conor MacDonald

Conor MacDonald is a graduate mechanical engineer with a passion for aerospace and space engineering. He is about to commence his PhD program at the University of Adelaide, Australia where he has been awarded a scholarship to research acoustic metamaterials and their applications to rocket payload fairings. Conor holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and has also attended the International Space University’s 2016 Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program hosted by the University of South Australia, Australia. In addition to his academic interests, Conor is fully engaged with the growing number of aerospace and space university students in Australia through his work with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA) and currently is the AYAA Treasurer. Conor has previously attended the 2015 SGC in Jerusalem on the “Young Australian Space Leadership” award and is looking forward to organising a fantastic congress for the future delegates.


Jessica Todd (Australia)
LOC Logistics Coordinator

Jessica ToddJessica has just completed her Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Advanced Science at the University Sydney. She is an alumni of the International Space University’s SH-SSP and will be pursuing a Masters of Aerospace Engineering in the United States starting in August 2017. Jessica has been a member of the Space Generation Advisory Council for the last 5 years, working as part of the PR and Communications team, and as the PR and Communications Coordinator for SGC 2015. Throughout her academic career Jessica has been involved in a number of space projects, including the development of a Martian aerostat for low-altitude imaging, and a Virtual Reality Mars Simulator to simulate spacecraft subsystem integration. In 2015 she worked at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, developing the data pipeline for a new ground based multi-lens telescope, and she currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Space Environment Research Centre, helping to track conjunctions of GEO satellites. Jessica has a driving passion for all things space, with a keen interest in the field of robotics and bioastronautics, and hopes to study the cooperation of human and machine systems for future space missions.


Kate Dent (Australia)
LOC Logistics Coordinator

Kate Dent

Kate is a third year student studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Queensland, Australia. Kate had her first taste of the space industry after attending the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum in 2014 as a high school student. She returned in 2015 and 2016 as Student Liaison Manager and is the Event Chair this year. Becoming involved and attending AYAA events while at university gave her the opportunity to attend her first Space Generation Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico. Being placed in the Earth Observation working group allowed her to discuss the social, political and environment impacts of this sector with students and young professionals. Interacting with like-minded people was a motivating and unparalleled experience. This year, Kate continues her involvement in the Space Generation Congress as Logistics Coordinator on the Local Organising Team. Kate is passionate about showcasing the aerospace industry to younger students and encouraging the spread of knowledge and opportunities.


Rose Tasker (Australia)
LOC PR Coordinator

Rose Tasker

Rose is a biologist, anthropologist, artist, and explorer. She is fanatical about dinosaurs, space, brains, art, and social and environmental justice. After working in health and environmental research, and with NGOs, and living in a number of different countries, Rose continues to travel and focus on projects in indigenous astronomy, space medicine, life-support systems, space sustainability, dinosaurs, and fungi. She also works with the arts sector and artists to explore science in design, fashion, and other visual and performing arts and works with NGOs to emphasize the social and environmental benefits to space activities.



Jayden Inglis (Australia)
LOC Partnerships Coordinator

Jayden Inglis

Jayden Inglis is a student of aerospace engineering at the University of Adelaide. Currently in his penultimate year of study, he holds executive roles in local organisations such as president of the Adelaide University Mathematical Society (AUMS) and chair of the Australian Youth Aerospace Association’s (AYAA) annual conference, ‘Aerospace Futures’. Jayden is a founding member of the local state chapter of the AYAA and hopes to see Australia fully utilise the incredible opportunity of hosting the SGAC and the accompanying International Astronautical Congress. He has a strong interest in the future of the international commercial aerospace sector and believes young professionals should have a large influence in the shaping of this extremely dynamic industry.




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