Member of the Month

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 December 2012 Member of the Month: Marc Cornwall (Jamaica)

Marc CornwallMarc is a national of Jamaica and serves as its National Point of Contact. He is also a member of the Communications and Public Relations team where he works on the graphic design elements of various SGAC publications. Marc is currently completing a doctorate in planetary geophysics in the United Kingdom.

Andrea Jaime (Executive Director) nominated Marc
"Marc has been doing an amazing job as the SGAC Layout Editor, turning all our reports into very professional and nice documents, making a huge effort since last year to implement the new branding of the organisation in all our publications. This period of time is especially busy for him, because he is working on the Annual Report and its Executive Summary, the SGC Report and the Executive Summary, and the Holiday Card. He deserves a special mention at this particular time."

Here is Mark's reaction:
"I am now twice humbled to be an SGAC Member of the Month. Since joining the organisation in 2007 I've seen it develop from strength to strength and see no sign of it slowing down. I am proud to say that my involvement with SGAC has benefited me both personally and professionally as I've met and worked with colleagues from all over the globe... And since its December I take this unique opportunity to which you all a fantastic holiday season and an even more fantastic year ahead."

From SGAC Chair, CJ Nwosa:
"Over the years, Marc has demonstrated commendable dedication and resourcefulness towards SGAC. Through his efforts in packaging our reports and logos, he has contributed immensely to promoting the organisation's corporate identity. He is well deserving of this award. Congratulations Marc!"

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 November 2012 Member of the Month: Matteo Emanuelli (Italy)

Matteo EmanuelliMatteo Emanuelli was born in Milan, Italy. He has served as a National Point of Contact since July 2011 and he is currently in the final year of his Masters degree in Space Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (PoliMI). He worked on his thesis project on a space debris removal mission at the Omsk State Technical University in Russia. This project was presented during the Heinlein contest “Flight into the future 2011” in Moscow. He recently worked for HE Space, in the Netherlands, as Junior Business Developer.

Andrea Jaime (Executive Director) and Jaroslaw Jaworski (NPoC Poland) nominated Matteo:
"I met Matteo during SpaceUp Europe first time and than on IAC 2012. After SpaceUp we exchanged many e-mails. Matteo was very helpful for me in getting sponsors and special guests for SpaceUp Poland. It was very important and big part of this event is making now thanks to his help. In spite of that he is really open and helpful person, very active, very involved in promoting innovative "approach" to space with strong trust in international cooperation in space. In my opinion this last point is very important for SGAC family." - Jaroslaw Jaworski

"Matteo has been key for the organisation of the Space Generation Congress 2012. He has been the point of contact for many of the activities, known in Ercolano as "Signori Emanuelli", for all his calls and contacts with the locals; this helped me a lot when dealing with the italians. He has been always ready to translate from English to Italian any emails I was receiving, being available 24 hours per day. Therefore I would like to nominate Matteo Emanuelli, for his hard work before and during SGC, and at the IAC." - Andrea Jaime

Here is Matteo's reaction:
"First of all, Thank you! It's an honour to be selected as MoM. SGAC has been a wonderful experience, step by step I had the chance to know the organization and especially the people that make SGAC so great. It has been a privilege to work with them for the SGC2012 and then, day by day in the SSS working group. I've soon realised SGAC can really do the difference, just looking at the enthusiasm and the passion of every volunteer I have met so far. I'm really looking forward to seeing the brilliant future awaiting for SGAC!"

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina (Georgia):
"I am very happy that every month one of our exceptional volunteers is recognised as a member of the month! Matteo's dedication has been instrumental to the success of the Space Generation Congress, and in general his activities within the SGAC are very worthy of the MoM title. Matteo's work within SGAC shows that when one has passion and motivation for something, it is possible no matter how busy the person is. This is great to know! Congratulations Matteo! I hope all the great work will continue in the coming 2013 year!"

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!

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!”

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 August Members of the Month:  Guzel Kamaletdinova and Ekaterina Rezugina

Guzel Kamaletdinova
Guzel KamaletdinovaGuzel has been a member of SGAC since 2010 and is currently National Point of Contact for Russia. She is doing her PhD research on long-term spaceflights and crew operation. Guzel has a Masters degree in Engineering from the State University of Aerospace Technology in Moscow (MAI), where her graduation paper received an order of the Department of Education and Science of Russia.  She is currently working as an engineer in JSC “NIIchimmash”. In 2010, she received a grant from the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress in Prague, Czech Republic and she was previously awarded Russia’s Astronautics Federation Medal.

Additionally, Guzel is an alumni of the International Space University's (ISU's) 2012 25th Space Studies Programme (25th annual SSP) which was hosted by Florida Institue of Technology and Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA. Guzel is a manager of a youth inspiration programme at the World Space Week Association.  She is a member of SGC 2012 Delegates Team and a participant of the Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group.

Here is Guzel's reaction:
"I am very proud to have been chosen!  This award is a great honour to me, but at the same time it comes with great responsibility.  Now, we can't stop where we have reached.  We need to grow to make our work significant!  Also, I would like to thank our wonderful SGAC team: all these people are very committed and enthusiastic, and they have taught me how to be professional, goal-seeking and really space-minded! I am truly happy to be a part of the organisation, and I'm looking forward to working with everyone.”

Ekaterina Rezugina
Ekaterina RezuginaEkaterina was born in Russia, where she earned her Bachelor in Physics and Plasma Technology.  After graduation, she moved to Europe for an Aerospace Masters Programme (EuMAS). Ekaterina enjoys travelling, learning new languages and cultures. Her biggest passion for space technology brought her to SGAC in 2009, when she became a National Point of Contact for Russia.  Since then, she has been actively promoting and advertising for SGAC within a Russian community of young space enthusiasts. She participated in SGC 2010 in Prague as a rapporteur for the Agency Working Group with the GNSS for Disaster Management project.  Ekaterina received a Young Leadership Award to attend the congress.  She is a member of Space Safety and Sustainability working group and a co-author of the Space Weather Effects on Space Mission report.  Ekaterina holds a PhD in physics and currently works as a research scientist at a Public Research Centre in Luxembourg.

Here is Ekaterina's reaction:
"It is a great honour to be SGAC
 Member of the Month, thank you!  I 
feel privileged to be part of such a
great community.  Since I became
a member of SGAC and NPoC for
Russia, it has been an inspiring
experience of meeting, sharing and
working with people passionate
about space.  SGAC gives an
incredible opportunity for young
people to participate and contribute
to the development of global space exploration, technology and policy.  There are no cultural, social or physical barriers when it comes to the minds and ideas of space enthusiasts.  I thank you very much, my SGAC colleagues, for your hard work, and hope to see you all in Naples!”

Damian M. Bielicki, SGAC Regional Coordinator for Europe, nominated Guzel and Ekaterina:
Since their appointment as NPoCs, they made a significant contribution to the development and recognition of SGAC in Russia.  They have become the main communication channel between the Russian space sector and SGAC, including Roscosmos and other entities.  They have created the largest Russian speaking social network for young people and aerospace professionals.  Additionally, not only are they contributing to all the efforts mentioned above, but also to the Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group.  They widely promoted SGAC during the 50th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight.  They currently promote Yuri’s Night among Russians in Russia, as well as those living in other countries.  They also made several presentations about SGAC, and are permanently promoting the organisation, making it more known and popular.

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina:
I congratulate SGAC’s hard-working NPoCs for Russia, Guzel and Ekaterina!  Not only do they contribute to the expansion of the SGAC network in Russia, but they also participate in various SGAC projects, such as the working groups and the Space Generation Congress.  SGAC is glad to have such active members on board, and the choice in favour of the Russian NPoCs as Members of the Month is vivid proof of this.  Again, congratulations!  Keep it up!

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 July Member of the Month: Ariane Cornell

Ariane Cornell served as SGAC Executive Director from 2009 till 2012.  Ariane’s interest in aerospace started at a young age:  she earned her pilot’s license at the age of 17 and spent many of her early internships at NASA Ames Research Centre.  She attended Stanford University where she earned her Bachelor of Science with Honours in Science, Technology and Society, with a focus in Management Science and Engineering.  Her honours thesis was entitled, “Sino-American Relations in Space:  Cooperation, Competition, or Coopetition?”  Following her studies, she worked in management consulting, first with Accenture, based in San Francisco, and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC.  With Accenture, she has lived and worked on IT projects in the Philippines, South Africa, Brazil and the United States.  With Booz Allen Hamilton, as senior consultant in the Aerospace and Defence commercial consulting group, she helped develop strategies and solve operational issues for executives of the world’s top aerospace and defence companies.  This fall, Ariane will move on from her role as SGAC Executive Director to attend Harvard Business School.

Andrea Jaime, SGAC Executive Director, speaks on behalf of the Executive Council’s nomination for Ariane:
Though the reasons for nominating Ariane are more than obvious to the entire SGAC community, the work done by Ariane in the past three years has been absolutely terrific.  Ariane has raised the standards of SGAC during her time as Executive Director and deserves to be acknowledged for her role within the organisation.  We have all learned a lot from her performance in this job, and we are able to apply this newfound knowledge to our current and future professional lives.  SGAC would also like to take advantage of this nomination to maintain Ariane’s connection with the organisation, now as a member of SGAC who is a bit less stressed, and we wish her all the best on her new endeavours!

Here is SGAC’s July Member of the Month, Ariane Cornell’s, reaction:
This is a wonderful honour to get from SGAC to end more than three years with the organisation - thank you!  In addition to having developed personally and professionally in this role, I have had an immense amount of fun working at SGAC with the organisation's inspiring members around the world.  My warm thanks go out to all of the volunteers that I've been so fortunate to work with.  I look forward to watching SGAC climb to greater heights.

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina:
Ariane has been a tireless worker who has shown initiative, done great things for the organisation, and brought deliverables beyond any expectations.  Ariane is an inspiration to a lot of our members and I am glad SGAC has profited from her involvement and leadership.  I wish her all the best in developing her career, but hope that she will stay an active volunteer and will continue to contribute to the growth of Space Gen.  Way to go, Ariane!

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 June Member of the Month: Scott Fisher

Scott Fisher is in his final year of a Bachelor in Engineering (Mechanical and Aerospace) at The University of Queensland, Australia.  He has been involved with SGAC since attending the 2011 Space Generation Congress in Cape Town, and has been working as the SGAC Web Editor since January this year.

Closer to home, he has worked with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, organising the Australian Youth Aerospace Forum, and Australian outreach and educational event that promotes the aerospace industry to senior secondary students.  In between his studies and extra-curricular activities, Scott has worked as an intern at Insitu Pacific, who produce the ScanEagle Military UAV, and at Optus Satellite Operations, the only Australian Telco to own and operate a fleet of satellites.

Ariane Cornell, SGAC Executive Director, nominated Scott:
"For the past several months, Scott has done a fantastic job effectively doing all web editing tasks.  He is very proactive, effective and professional, which is crucial for the role.  Without Scott’s hard work, SGAC’s website and work would effectively come to a halt.  Scott really represents the attitude and reliability of the optimal SGAC volunteer."

And here is SGAC’s June Member of the Month, Scott Fisher’s, reaction:
"It was incredible to find out that I had been nominated as June's Member of the Month.  I have only been with SGAC for a short time, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and learnt a lot at both SGC and during my time as Web Editor. I look forward to continuing my involvement with SGAC's activities in the future."

From SGAC Deputy Executive Director, Andrea Jaime:
"Scott has taken lead of the web editor team for the past couple of months, showing great responsibility on daily tasks, being quick to respond and executing urgent work, and producing good quality results.  Scott has been responsible for the Space Generation Congress webpage, which has great weekly updates, and over the past month, it has been the most-visited page by our members.  Scott deserves Member of the Month for all this hard work, and as encouragement for him to keep up his hard work with SGAC.  Well done, Scott!"

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 HarrisPhilip 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!"


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