SGC Team 2014

Meet the Space Generation Congress 2014 Organising Team

5 May, 2014

SGAC has selected a team of motivated, dynamic team of volunteers to organise the SGC 2014! A Congress of this calibre takes the dedication of selected volunteers. Keep reading to know better the SGC 2014 Local Organising Team and SGC 2014 Staff Team.

SGC 2014 Staff Team

Chris Vasko (Austria)

Chris VaskoChristopher was born in Vienna, Austria. His strong interest in space related topics began early on and led him to study Physics at the Vienna University of Technology. There he got more and more involved space and research from a scientific perspective. During his graduate course he became an active voluntary member of the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF). He participated as an engineer in various national space related outreach/educational projects, developing a taste for communicating science. During the last years of his Master, 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.

Victoria Alonsoperez (Uruguay)

Victoria AlonsoperezVictoria is an Electronic, Telecommunications and Electrical Engineer. In 2012 she started IEETECH, a social enterprise whose main product is Chipsafer, winner of the 2012 ITU Young Innovators Competition. She filed patents in different countries and in 2013 won the Best Young Inventor Award from the World Intellectual Property Organization. In terms of interests, her biggest passion has always been space. For her thesis, she designed and built the Attitude Determination System of the first Uruguayan Satellite. In 2009, she was awarded the IAF Youth Grant that enabled her to participate in the IAC and the SGC. She became very excited about the work done at SGAC and first served as Uruguay´s NPoC and then as South America Regional Coordinator. She attended International Space University, where her team designed a medical experiment that won the Barcelona Zero-G Aerobatics Challenge, and in 2012 she served as Space Engineering Teaching Associate. She contributed to aerospace engineering textbooks and she is managing editor of a small satellite programs book. In 2013 she was a participant at Singularity University's Graduate Studies Program where she started working on a project to use unmanned aerial vehicles for precision agriculture.

Andrea Jaime (Spain)

Andrea JaimeAndrea Jaime Albalat (Andrea Jaime) is a Spanish aerospace engineer that was born in Onda, Spain. She earned in 2007 a double undergraduate degree in both Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Barcelona. During these studies, she spent one year at the North East of Wales Institute (NEWI) in the United Kingdom. In 2010, Andrea earned her masters in Aerospace Science and Technology, also from UPC in Barcelona (2010). Additionally, Andrea is an alumni of the International Space University's (ISU's) Summer Studies Program (SSP) 2009 which was hosted by the NASA Ames Research Center in California, USA. Andrea also completed the CVA (Communauté des Villes Ariane) Summer School, hosted by Rome in 2011. She started her professional career working as part of the organisational committees of several workshops and conferences including, ISU's SSP 2008 in Barcelona. Since then, Andrea has worked at the European Space Agency as a Young Graduate Trainee. Based at ESTEC in the Netherlands she worked for the Human Spaceflight and Operations Directorate. In October 2011, she moved to Vienna to work as the Deputy Executive Director of SGAC, which lead her to become the Executive Director in July 2012.

Delegates Coordinator: Charlotte Kiang (USA)

Charlotte KiangCharlotte Kiang is an engineer with Boeing Defense, Space & Security. She currently serves as SGAC's National Point of Contact for the United States, and is a recent alumna of Wellesley College and the International Space University (SSP13). In addition to Charlotte's current job, her space industry experience spans both agency and academia: She has interned at NASA's Johnson Space Center, conducted research at MIT and taught AP Computer Science at a private boarding school in the US.


Projects Coordinator: Michael Deiml (Germany)

Michael DeimlMichael Deiml is 25 years old and is currently writing his PhD thesis in Physics about the development of a remote sensing satellite for climate studies in the mesosphere at the Research Institute Jülich and the University Wuppertal. Before, he studied aerospace engineering ( at the Technical University of Munich. He holds Bachelor degrees in aerospace engineering and in Technology and Management-orientated Business Administration. Additional to his studies, he was member of the student group “Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Spaceflight” (140 members), where he was working on CubeSats and rocket engines. For one and a half years, he headed this group. Michael is alumni of the International Space University (Space Studies Program 2013, Strasbourg, France) and participated at the SGC 2013 as rapporteur through the DLR Standout Student Scholarship.

Logistics Coordinator: Ilji Jang (Korea)

Ilji JangIlji got involved in SGAC since 2009 and she is the SGAC NPoC of South Korea since October 2013. She studied Aerospace Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) from 2008 to 2013 and MSc candidate from this autumn in Astronautics and Space Engineering in Cranfield University in UK. Ilji has an interest in Climate Change in aerospace field and also a passion for the Sustainable Development.

She would also like to help the other people through  her engineering knowledge, and she was awarded at Creative Engineering Design about water purification in India. Currently, she has been in U.S. for a social work in engineering. Through her research and activities in this aerospace field, she hopes to provide sustainable environment for humanity.

Project Coordinator: Noemie Bernede (France)

Noemie BernedeNoemie Bernede has been working as Institutional Affairs Manager since 2011 at Airbus Defence and Space (previously Astrium) in the Earth Observation sector. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Humanities, she graduated with Master's degrees in Political Sciences and Management. She is also an alumna of the Community of Ariane Cities' Summer School and of the International Space University (Space Studies Program 2013). In the space sector, her interests range from industrial policy, business innovations to interdisciplinary knowledge management.

She is involved in the Space Generation Advisory Council as Competition Coordinator and she actively takes part in the Commercial Space Project Group. 

Project Coordinator: Jan Svoboda (Czech republic)

Jan SvobodaJan Svoboda is a Czech electrical engineer, born in Tabor, Czech Republic. He currently lives and works in Darmstadt, Germany. Jan is a system engineer for end-to-end instrument chains on Metop Second Generation program at EUMETSAT. Previously, Jan was a systems engineer on Modular X- and Gamma-Ray Sensor (MXGS) of the Atmosphere-Space Interactions Monitor (ASIM) at Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby. His professional experience includes various engineering and business related positions within the space industry as well as within academia. Jan is focused on space related engineering activities, especially systems engineering and project management. Jan is an active member of Space Generation Advisory Council Commercial $pace Project Group. He received Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, in August 2011 and Bachelor of Science in Control Systems and Cybernetics from Czech Technical University in Prague, in June 2009. During his bachelor studies he spent one year at Milwaukee School of Engineering as a visiting student. 

Communications Coordinator: Shivani Patel (Australia)

Shivani PatelShivani is currently in her fifth year of a double degree in Aerospace Engineering and Commerce at Monash University, Australia. Shivani has been fascinated by space from a young age, and became involved with the Space Generation Advisory Council after attending the Space Generation Congress in 2012. Shivani has also been involved with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association (AYAA), as Victorian State Representative 2013, where she helped increase aerospace awareness and involvement amongst Victorian students. Whilst studying, Shivani worked as a summer intern on a number of civil and military projects at GE Aviation. Currently, Shivani is design and building an autonomous hybrid rocket system for her final year project. 

SGAC Intern: Reinhard Tlustos

Reinhard TlustosReinhard was born and raised in Vienna, Austria. He is currently finishing his bachelor degree in Astronomy at the University of Vienna. Form an early age on he has been fascinated by space and has helped in outreach activities as a member of a local astronomy club. During his studies he became an active volunteer of the Austrian Space Forum (ÖWF) where he participated in various international space related outreach and educational projects as well as the recent MARS2013 Analog Mission to the Moroccan desert. He is an active member of SGAC as part of the PR & Communications Team since late 2011 and has participated in two Space Generation Congresses where he was often seen with his cameras, documenting the event. Besides space, Reinhard enjoys practicing Jiu Jitsu, a martial art in which he holds a black belt and has competed successfully in both national and international championships.


Local Organising Team

Aaron Persad (PR&Comm)

Aaron PersadAaron Persad completed his B.A.Sc. in 2006 at the University of Toronto (UofT) in the biomedical stream of Engineering Science. His undergraduate thesis with the Bone Interface Group at the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering investigated the effects of Shuttle launch vibrations on the proliferation, viability and conformation of stem cells derived from human umbilical cords. In 2004, Aaron worked as an intern at the Canadian Space Agency, working in the microgravity effects area.  Aaron is now completing his Ph.D. with the Thermodynamics and Kinetics Laboratory in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at UofT. His research challenges the currently accepted models of liquid/vapour phase change and is helping to redesign experiments destined for the International Space Station (ISS). Last year, Aaron worked on a joint project with NASA and CSA to develop a low-mass, volume and power (LMVP) educational experiment to fly to the ISS in 2014. Aaron also runs his own business; he co-founded TMS Robotics & Academics to teach kids about space robotics in hands-on workshops. In the summer of 2013, Aaron was selected as a commercial astronaut candidate by Astronauts for Hire from a pool of 85 highly qualified applicants from 14 countries. He will begin suborbital training with NASTAR and SIRIUS later this year.

Adam Vigneron (Delegates)

Adam VigneronAdam Vigneron (NPoC-Canada) is an MASc candidate at Carleton University where he's helping navigate a new Canadian satellite on Molniya orbit. Hailing from a small village on the Canadian prairie, Adam's passion for space has led him across Canada and around the world. He has floated balloons from Saskatchewan, powered space elevators from NASA Dryden, and fired rockets from Andøya Rocket Range.

Adam served as a rapporteur at SGC 2012 and is a graduate of ISU SSP12 at Florida Tech and IGSS 2013 at Beihang University. When he's not in the lab, you can find Adam in the hockey rink, spacing up local schools, or underwater with a scuba tank on his back.

Ali Nasseri (Special Projects)

Ali NasseriAli recently graduated from the Master's program at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. Throughout his studies, he has been involved with research on multidisciplinary modeling and design optimization as applied to aerospace systems. He has also been active in teaching university level and engineering outreach courses.

Since January 2012, Ali has been working actively with the space generation advisory council's Space Safety and Sustainability project group on their active debris removal project. His activities led to the SGAC Young Leadership Award in 2012, helping him attend the Space Generation Congress 2012. More recently, he was awarded the 2013 IAF Emerging Space Leaders grant. He is currently the executive co-secretary of SGAC.

Alana Bartolini

Alana BartoliniAlana completed her Bachelor's of Health Sciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. During her time in the programme, she had the opportunity to take space medicine classes, where she explored the physiological impacts of space flight on the human body. In the summer of 2013, she was selected to attend the NASA Academy at NASA Ames research center. Following the academy,sheI returned to Ames to continue her work and staff the 2013 Space and Aeronautics Academies. She is currently back in Canada pursuing her MSc at the University of Toronto with Toronto Rehab. Alana is also a great dancer in many different disciplines, and she has compete with the McMaster Dance Company. 

Dario Schor 

Dario SchorDario Schor was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to Winnipeg, Canada in 1997. He is a Software Engineer at Magellan Aerospace, Winnipeg working on the design and implementation of the flight software and supporting ground tools for the Radarsat Constellation Mission. He holds a B.Sc. (2008) and M.Sc. (2013) in Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba (UofM). While at the UofM, he helped form and lead the UofM Space Applications and Technology Society (UMSATS) student group of over 100 undergraduate and graduate students collaborating to design a nano satellite that finished 2nd overall in the inaugural Canadian Satellite Design Challenge in 2012. He is an alumni of the International Space University (ISU) 2013 Space Studies Program (SSP) held in Strasbourg, France. In addition, Dario is an advocate for engineering and space outreach activities. He has organized and delivered presentations and workshops for more than 4,500 in Winnipeg over the past three years.

Jeremy Wang

Jeremy WangJeremy is a BASc Engineering Science candidate at the University of Toronto (U of T), and was born in Toronto, Canada. He has broad interests, but is most captivated by aerospace propulsion and public engagement. Since starting his studies in 2013, he has been a Rocket Propulsion Specialist and the Outreach Coordinator for the U of T Aeronautics Team (UTAT), working on Vernier thrusters and an upcoming high school outreach campaign. Jeremy serves as the U of T Chair for Toronto Students for the Advancement of Aerospace (TSAA). He is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for PowerWring, a small engineering design firm focussed on ergonomic mechanical controls. As a high school senior, he worked as a research assistant on an aerial collision sensing project conducted at York University. He has earned awards for societal contribution, academic performance, and public speaking from various educational institutions and the Government of Canada. More recently, he was a member of the U of T team that won the R. Gilbert Moore Award for Innovation at the 2014 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, and was also a guest speaker at the 2014 U of T Space Design Conference. When his appetite for aerospace finds temporary satiety, Jeremy is most likely to be found reading, writing, or playing piano. 


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