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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC June 2014 Member of the Month: Lewis Groswald (Space Generation Fusion Forum Manager, and the SGFF Team)

Lewis Groswald

Lewis Groswald is a Staff Assistant with the United States Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Prior to recently joining the Senate staff, Lewis was an Associate Program Officer at the Space Studies Board of The National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Groswald is a graduate of The George Washington University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in international affairs, with a double concentration in conflict and security and Europe and Eurasia, and a master’s degree in international science and technology policy. Following his work with the National Space Society during his senior year as an undergraduate, Mr. Groswald decided to pursue a career in space policy, with a focus on educating the public on aerospace issues and informing policy. He has worked on NAS studies covering a wide range of topics, including near-Earth objects, orbital debris, microgravity research in space, and the Earth and space sciences.

Reinhard Tlustos (Austria) NPoC, Austria, nominated Lewis, here is his quote:
I would like to nominate the Space Generation Fusion Forum Organisation Team. They worked together crossing countries and timezones to organize a really great Fusion Forum, always staying professional, courteous and fun. I am grateful to have been part of this and experience the SGAC can-do spirit!

Since it's member and not members of the month I would like to nominate Lewis Groswald - Fusion Forum Manager to represent the whole team. We all worked hard to make the Fusion Forum a success, but Lewis, without a doubt, had the most work (or the biggest headache?) to keep it all together, to coordinate a small team around the world across multiple time zones. He always showed great motivation and professionalism and never lost the overview or his smile.

The Fusion Forum has been a success in great part to his excellent leadership.

Here is Lewis' reaction:
This is a fantastic honor and I couldn't be happier to be receiving this from one of my favorite organizations!

Chris Vasko, SGAC Chair:
Congratulations Lewis, well deserved. I am glad to see that our team and Lewis are recognised in such a way. The Space Generation Fusion Forum 2014 was a fantastic event, with a really good atmosphere and some exceptional people and discussions. Lewis and our team did not only work long and hard to bring it all together but were at the heart and soul of it all. Focussed, professional and dedicated all the time, Lewis represented our generation and our organisation in a very natural and balanced way. We wish him all the best in his new position and thank you for being on board this 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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC May 2014 Member of the Month: Alex Karl (Out-going NEO Working Group Lead)

Alex Karl

Alex, a German national, has a background in space engineering and currently works in Belgium as ISS Operations Engineer. In his spare time he volunteers for Lazurd, an NGO dedicated to inspire Arab students to pursue a career in STEM fields. He is also busy handing over his tasks as outgoing Lead of the SGAC NEO Project Group which he led since its creation in 2007. Alex created and organized the Find An Asteroid Search Campaigns as well as the Name An Asteroid Campaign. Before that Alex served as Chair (2007-2009), and created the Project Coordinator position and also held this post initially. He was a participant of SGS (2002), SGC (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010), and the Fusion Forum (2013).

Behnoosh Meskoob (Iran) Regional Coordinator, Middle East, nominated Alex, here is her quote:
I would like to nominate Alex Karl as the MoM. He has been lead of NEO Working group and now a new lead has been appointed. Alex was a real leader for all who were involved in this working group. He managed different projects of this working group such as Find an Asteroid, Move an Asteroid competition, Name an Asteroid, Planetary Defense Conference Student Competition, etc. Last year he organized a panel during IAC about NEOs which was very fruitful.

His endless efforts resulted in 6 annual Move an Asteroid technical paper competitions to support bright minds to present their research during SGC and IAC as an example of NEO working group activities. He has shown the activities of NEO working group members in high level conferences such as IAA Planetary Defensce Conference and IAC. During the IAC 2013 in Beijing, the NEO Project Group organized an event about NEOs, called NEOs and Planetary Defense and Alex moderated this event.

Over past 7 years, he's been Chair (2007-2009), SGC organising committee member (2006 and 2009), SGFF2013 panelist and NEO WG lead (since 2007). As a member of executive council and member of NEO working group, I would like to thank him for over 8 years of contribution and dedication to SGAC. We always need highly valuable volunteers like him.

Here is Alex's reaction:
It’s a nice parting gift for me as I’m leaving the organisation soon (there is an upper age limit). I’m accepting this as SGAC lifetime achievement award, not because I stood out this past month. I’m sure there are people who are this month more deserving of this than me. I’d like to encourage all (new) SGAC members to follow their passion for space and to work hard, maybe then you will get recognized here next month. Even if not, the goal should not be some award but the knowledge that you made a difference. SGAC gives you a great platform to work on your vision, to make friends and connections, and to actually make a difference – make the best use it! Thank you for all and see you soon!

Victori Alonsoperez, SGAC Co-Chair:
It is my pleasure to congratulate Alex on being selected Member of the Month. I met Alex during SGC 2009 and since then I could appreciate how hard he has worked for SGAC. All these years he has been one of our most active members and his contributions have been invaluable. We are very thankful for his dedication and commitment to SGAC.

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC April 2014 Member of the Month: Michael Kretzenbacher (Out-going PR & Communications Lead)Michael Kretzenbacher

Michael Kretzenbacher is a systems engineer at Aerospace Concepts in Adelaide, Australia. In 2013, Michael completed a double degree at Monash University consisting of a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History, and a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering. He spent the first half of 2013 at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) in Bremen, Germany where he worked on his bachelors thesis on the applicability of Systems Modelling Language (SysML) based Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for the MASCOT asteroid landing system. Michael has been involved with the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2011, serving as the Public Relations and Communications Co-Lead from 2011 to 2014. Michael has had a lifelong passion for space and anything that flies. 

Cynthia Chen (Australia) Out-going PR & Communications Lead, nominated Michael, here is her quote:
Michael (endearingly known as Kretz) became closely involved with the SGAC Executive Committee after attending his first SGC in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa. As an undergraduate studying full-time, he embraced his new role as PR & Communications Co-Lead with gusto, setting up a global communications campaign that helped the organisation reach out to as many communities and networks as possible. Michael worked very diligently - albeit quietly in the background - was dedicated to his role, and always strived to adhere to members' needs. This is to acknowledge all his hard work over the past couple of years during his term as PR & Comms Co-Lead, and here's to wishing him all the best in years to come!

Here is Michael's reaction:
I am deeply honoured to be selected as member of the month for April 2014. Becoming active within SGAC has been one of the best decisions I ever made. My involvement with SGAC has led to exciting career opportunities and has allowed me to make many new friends from around the world who share my passion for space. I greatly enjoyed my time as PR and Communications Co-Lead and hope to be involved with the SGAC Executive council again in future.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair:
Michael has been a very active member of our PR&Comms team. He was also assisting in the organisation of SGC 2012 in Naples, volunteering wherever help was needed. Always with a smile, a professional attitude and a great sense of humor (I think we all remember the international nights during the past SGCs), Michael has always been a reliable part of the team. I am happy he is being recognised as MoM! Congrats Michael!

Andrea Jaime, SGAC Executive Director:
Michael Kretzenbacher has shown a high level of professionalism in his duties as PR&Communications lead. Together with Cynthia, he worked very hard to integrate the new trends, aka social media, into the SGAC, while still respecting the internationalism and cultural differences within the members of the organisation. Michael did an extraordinary job, coordinating with all the NPoCs of SGAC, on gathering a database of key organisations in each country to which SGAC information should be communicated, having by then a huge network of universities, institutes, industry and media all around the world. Michael not only stepped up as lead of the PR&Comm of SGAC; but has also been very participative in all the discussions and ready to help and guide his colleagues and sharing his expertise during his participation as delegates in the past Space Generation Congresses. Congratulations Michael, well deserved!

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC March 2014 Member of the Month: Nicole Jordan (Out-going RC of South America)

Miss Jordan is currently the Director of Business Development for Senseta Inc. A solutions provider global company for Big Data Nicole JordanChallenges. She is responsible for the growth of new business opportunities, alliances and investment. Prior to Senseta, Miss Jordan served as the Strategic Relations Liaison, Operations for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, where she coordinated and managed the operational and logistical aspects of payload projects and served as liaison between principal investigators, commercial entities, implementation partners, NASA points of contact and senior project management. Miss Jordan also worked at the X PRIZE Foundation as the Team Liaison for Space Prizes and the Manager and Technical Lead for the Rocket Operations. In these roles she performed technical reviews of new upcoming rocket development teams (including rocket teams launching in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge and the Google Lunar X PRIZE) for technical credibility and operational safety. She was responsible for the coordination of experimental permits, launch licenses, burn-time waivers, and certificate of authorisation applications issued from the FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation. In addition to working for X PRIZE, Ms. Jordan was also a certified parabolic flight coach for the Zero Gravity Corporation. Prior to her work with these prestigious organisations, Ms. Jordan worked at the NASA Ames research center as the lead engineer for the ESTOL project. Miss, Jordan is currently serves ad the Deputy Director for the Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable and is a consultant to the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. She had the honour to serve as the Colombian National Point of Contact, and well as the South America Regional Coordination for the Space Generation Advisory Council in support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications for over 6 years. Earlier in her career, she spent time within the airshow industry where she participated in the training and management of young aerobatic pilots. Nicole loves flying as a private pilot and is currently working on her own aerobatic training. She has B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University and M.S. in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Miss Jordan was born in Bogota Colombia and has spend the last 18 years working and studying in the US.

The SGAC Executive Office, nominated Nicole, here is Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair, quote:
Nicole is an integral member who dedicated a lot of time and effort in the past years to SGAC. Nicole was part of the team for way longer then her two terms she served as Regional Coordinator for South America, and continuously working with passion on the topic that unites us all: Space! I met her for the first time in Cape Town, during SGC 2011, and she made an impression knowing her way around the IAC and SGAC. I'm glad I had the chance of working with her. Good luck Nicky! We will miss you!

Here is Nicole's reaction:
I am honoured to be selected as the member of the month, SGAC is an amazing organisation, and  after being involved in it for over 6 years, I am very grateful to have been able to meet such a wonderful group of people.

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC February 2014 Member of the Month: Daichi Nakamura (Japan)Daichi Nakamura

Daichi was born in Tokyo, Japan. He received the B.S. degree from Nihon University, Tokyo in aerospace engineering. During his last years at the university, he worked on his thesis project on an optimization problem of spacecrafts in Fluid Dynamics at JAXA Chofu Aerospace Center. Daichi is currently an engineer/Flight Controller in charge of fluid and thermal control system of Japan Experiment Module on International Space Station (ISS).

His biggest passion for space technologies and international relations brought him to SGAC in 2009 as a delegate of SGC in Daejeon. He has been active in SGAC as the National Point of Contact for Japan.

Yusuke Muraki, RC Asia Pacific, nominated Daichi:
Mr. Daichi Nakamura is one of the most active SGAC members in our region. He attended several SGCs himself and involved many students and young professionals in Japan to SGAC community. He also made a great contribution to realize SGC Japanese Scholarship funded by individual supporters that supported two Japanese students to go to SGC2013 in Beijing. Based on these results, I think he would be a great choice for Member of the Month.

Here is Daichi's reaction:
SGAC is awesome. The people I have interacted with have simply been incredible. SGAC has afforded me so many opportunities that I otherwise would not have been able to experience. This nomination is a great honour for me. Thank you very much SGAC! I'm proud to be part of it.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair:
Daichi is very dedicated and passionate National Point of Contact. His choice to engage and work with potential sponsors resulted in the creation of opportunities for his fellow Japanese members. Our networks grow in strength and stability thanks of your initiative and the excellent work you have done. This nomination is very well deserved. Thank you very much and congratulations Daichi!

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC January 2014 Member of the Month: Beza Tesfaye (Ethiopia)

Beza TesfayeBeza has a Bsc. Degree in Global Studies and International Relation and Advance Diploma in computer science. Currently, she is a post graduate student of Computer Science at HiLCoE school of Computer Science and Technology Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has a great passion for space science, Astronomy and Space related technologies.

Beza has been an active member of the Ethiopian Space Science Society since 2004, actively participating in space science outreach events and education programs in her country. She has also organized events like World Space Week and Yuri’s Night World space party.

She joined SGAC in 2010 and became NPoC of Ethiopia. Since then, she has been actively working and participating in her country space related activities. She was part of the SGC 2013 organizing team and worked as Logistic coordinator. In 2013, she received the SGAC Leadership award to attend SGC 2013 in Beijing, China. At the congress, she participated in SGAC Earth Observation working group.

Benjamin Kraetzig, NPoC Germany, nominated Beza:
I recognized the strong educational activities and enthusiastic volunteering efforts of Beza Tesfaye, NPoC Ethiopia. She engages students and teachers, visits classes and tries to connect and promote the space science opportunities in Ethiopia. I think she would be a great choice for Member of the Month.

Here is Beza's reaction:
Wow! I am honored to be selected as member of the month. It is a great pleasure and experience working with all SGAC members. Since I have been a member of SGAC I have learned and still learning many valuable knowledge and skills that helps me to develop personally and professionally. Thank you SGAC for giving me the best opportunity to network with students and professionals from all over the world. I am looking forward to work closely with all SGAC members in the future to great successes. Thank you.

Andrea Jaime, SGAC Executive Director:
Beza Tesfaye from Ethiopia has shown a great dedication to the organisation from the very first moment. She had already joined the organisation few years ago; already showing her great leadership skills and hardworking enthusiasm, but it was during the orgnaisation of the Space Generation Congress in Beijing, China, that she really fully showed her commitment to the organisation. Her contribution definitely helped make the SGC a great success. After the SGC, she has stayed committed to the organisation by increasing the space activities in Ethiopia, and working hard on the SGC Final Report. Beza is a really good advocate of space education and the value of volunteer work.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair:
Beza is a shining example that passion, a positive attitude and a smile can be contagious and go a long way to motivate people around you. Congratulations, Beza!

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC December 2013 Member of the Month: Ali Nasseri (Iran)

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.

Minoo Rathnasabapathy and Tiffany Chow, Co-leads of the Space Sustainability (SSS) Project Group, nominated Ali:
On behalf of the SSS project group, we would like to nominate Ali Nasseri for the December Member of the Month. In addition to his vital role as executive secretary for SGAC, Ali has been a key member of the SSS project group’s 2013 Active Debris Removal (ADR) technical project. Ali has represented SSS at numerous conferences this year including the 6th IAASS Conference (Montreal, Canada), Tsinghua University IAF-SUAC International Student Workshop (Beijing, China) and Toronto Students for the Advancement of Aerospace (TSAA) conference (Toronto, Canada), where he presented the research outcomes of the ADR technical project on behalf of the SSS project group. Ali has continually shown initiative in developing ideas to expand on SSS activities, and his great leadership skills and commitment to the project group make him an asset to SSS and SGAC.

Here is Ali's reaction:
I am really honored to be selected as MoM. Working with SGAC has been a great experience for me and has changed the way I look at space activities. My network has grown significantly due to SGAC and I have been introduced to many new opportunities for personal and professional development. I hope to be able to continue my activities with SGAC and help promote the vision of our organization.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair:
I first met Ali during the IAC in 2012. He volunteered to man our booth, a very important task concerning our participation at the IAC. He very quickly grew into the role of presenting SGAC to interested visitors with passion, a quick smile and an open way of communicating. When he took up his role as Secretary, he also gradually grew into the job. Now he is a proactive, responsive and reliable member of our team and I am really proud that our office can rely on help of such a dedicated Secretary!

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC November 2013 Member of the Month: Zhuoyan Lu (China)

Zhuoyan LuZhuoyan Lu is a doctoral student majoring in space law research at University of Lapland in Finland, and has been doing her visiting research at University of Cologne, Germany ever since February 2012. Currently she is with the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs at New York Headquarters as a research assistant. She was involved with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) for a 3-month internship in 2013 and presented at UNCOPUOS the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee meeting in February, the Legal Subcommittee meeting in April, further participated UNCOPUOS in June as a SGAC delegate. In 2012, she took part in the mission on National Space Legislation research work for China. Zhuoyan has been involved with SGAC as Commercial $pace Project Lead, staff member of SGC2013 local organizing committee and project coordinator for SGC2013 Working Groups. She was also a co-author for SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group's "Active Debris Removal" report. She is passionate about space, a member of the International Institute of Space Law, ESA - European Centre for Space Law and an active member of Women in Aerospace – Europe. 

Chris Vasko (SGAC Chair) and Emmanuelle David (Project Coordinator), nominated Zhuoyan:
I would like to nominate Zhuoyan Lu Project lead from the Commercial Space Working Group. She has shown from the creation of the working group to daily task an incredible professionalism. She is a high skilled scholar, always in a good mood and has always very innovative ideas. She acts with commitment and passion. It is always a pleasure to work with such a smart person. 

Here is Zhuoyan's reaction:
My gratitude goes to SpaceGen for nominating me as Member of the Month and for great support and trust from SGAC. Either as a project lead or as a staff member of local organizing committee for SGC2013, it is a fantastic experience for me to work with intercultural and dynamic space enthusiasts worldwide. I am very pleased to witness all the success of the growing organization and would like to dedicate to further development of the organisation.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Chair:
I am pleased that Zhuoyan is recognized as MOM. Her role in this years' SGC was crucial; amongst other native speakers that were of incalculable value to us, she excelled in balancing cultural understanding, patience and professionalism. She was always present when things had to be done, her smile never leaving her face, and helped where she could. Congrats, Zhuoyan, well deserved!


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