SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognized 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, and we continued this until today.
SGAC is proud to present the SGAC January Member of the Month: Arnau Pons.
Arnau Pons (Spain)
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.
Arnau was nominated by Massimo Pellegrino, 2016 SGC Working Group Coordinator:
“Arnau is making a lot of efforts in ensuring that the 2016 SGC will be a successful event. In the last few months, he proved himself to be more than an ordinary SGC deputy manager. Not only is he involved in all the aspects relating to the organization of this year's congress, but he is also carrying out his tasks at an exceptional level, delivering both quality and results. I found Arnau to be truly ethical. He is modest and unassuming, yet smart and conscientious. He has respect for people and is more concerned about the success of the SGC than about who receives credit for it.”
Here's Arnau's reaction:
“I am deeply honoured by this recognition and I am so grateful for being part of the amazing space community that SGAC represents. From my side, I will dedicate my best efforts towards contributing to SGAC and the space youth all over the World.”
From SGAC Chair, Stephanie Wan:
"I've gotten to know Arnau through his work as Deputy SGC 2016 Manager in Guadalajara and I am excited he received this deserving recognition. I have the pleasure of getting to know him over the past year - He is not only humble, creative and a problem-solver, but also a mentor to his team, ensuring that there is succession planning built into the organisation - all qualities needed in a leader. SGC 2017 is going to be better than ever, and I believe it is in great hands :) "