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.

We are proud to present 2012 April Member of the Month: Michael Brett

Michael BrettMichael Brett is a consulting project manager and systems engineer with a wide range of experience on projects as diverse as aircraft mission planning software, snow sports performance tracking, helicopter simulators and safety analysis for the HIFiRE hypersonics research program. He is currently the project manager for the Antarctic Broadband, a new enterprise aiming to deliver broadband satellite services to Antarctica.Michael has been SGAC’s Treasurer since October 2006 and has attended three SGC’s as a delegate in Houston in 2002, Sponsorship Manager for SGC 2005 in Fukuoka and moderator at SGC 2009 in Daejeon.

He has also been involved in the Australian space community for many years assisting the Australian Youth Aerospace Association, Royal Aeronautical Society, AerospaceFutures conference and National Space Society.

Joyeeta Chatterjee, Regional Coordinator for the Asia Pacific, nominated Michael:
It is my pleasure to nominate Michael Brett, the outgoing Chair, as the Member of the Month for April 2012. Michael has been associated with SGAC for almost a decade. His contributions as Treasurer, then as Co-Chair and Chair, have been instrumental in the steady organisational growth of SGAC. In the past year, he has led SGAC to remarkable milestones through his hard work and dedication. His clear vision and leadership skills have been extremely beneficial for SGAC. I think the fact that he has been taking calls for the monthly Executive telecons at 2am throughout the year reflects his commitment, and deserves a special mention here. It was truly a pleasure working with him and he will surely be missed by all of us.

Here is SGAC's Outgoing Chair and April MoM, Michael Brett's, reaction:
"I am really touched to be named SGAC’s Member of the Month for April 2012. For the past ten years I’ve been a member, since our first congress in Houston in 2002, the SGAC family have helped make working in the space industry so much more enjoyable and rewarding. Together we have built an organisation and social network recognised by as the peak body for university students and young professionals in the space community – it has been an absolute pleasure to contribute to that journey. My two years as co-Chair were particularly challenging and enjoyable, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a fantastic team who have helped me hone my skills in governance and leadership and I’d highly recommend the job to anyone. I’m reminded that no one actually is ever ‘in charge’ of SGAC, we just have the opportunity to be stewards of the organisation for a while. Our responsibility is to those who come after us, to the next-next generation of space leaders who will make the world an even better place. I’m pleased that I’ve still got a few years left as an SGAC member and I look forward to what we can do next! "

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina:
I am so pleased that our outgoing Chair, Michael Brett, is Member of the Month! I am sure that this is in recognition of his role as the leader of the organisation for the past couple of years. Working with Michael was a great learning experience, since hardly anyone else has been active within the SGAC for such a long time. He cares a lot about the organisation and, as Chair, has devoted (and as a new member of the Advisory Board, I hope he will continue to devote!) a lot of time to overseeing and guiding its activities. I am happy to have joined Michael as Co-Chair, and just want to say thank you and congratulate Michael Brett on becoming Member of the Month, which, in fact, is more correct as "Member of the Year"!

From SGAC Deputy Executive Director, Andrea Jaime:
Michael Brett has been a remarkable member of SGAC for a long time. Together with Agnieszka, he has been Co-Chair, and he is now the outgoing Chair of SGAC. He has done a great job for SGAC, bringing professionalism, dedication, and growth during his term. I have learned a lot from him, especially about how SGAC works, and the direction in which the organisation is going. Not only do I consider him as Member of the Month, but as Member of the Year. Congratulations, Michael!

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 2012 March Member of the Month: Mahsa Taheran

Mahsa TaheranMahsa has been an active SGAC member since 2008. First, she was NPoC of Iran, and now she is one of the Regional Coordinators for the Middle East region. She has recently finished graduate studies at the International Space University, and currently works in Iran at a research institute. Mahsa is also a member of the SGAC’s Space Safety and Sustainability PROJECT GROUPS. Her interests are space sustainability, space education and outreach activities, and space systems engineering.

Aziz Kahiyan, Regional Coordinator for the Middle East, and Behnoosh Meskoob, National Point of Contact for Iran, nominated Mahsa.
From Benoosh: "It is my honour to nominate Mahsa as SGAC Member of the Month for March 2012. I first met her in 2010 as she helped me to attend SGC2010. Her assistance and efforts were unforgettable. Afterwards, she motivated me to become the NPoC for Iran. Since then, she has not only been my supervisor, cooperating with Aziz as my Regional Coordinator, she has also be one of my best friends. Her dedication, precious help, leadership and efforts contributed towards SGAC and Iranian space communities, such as the Iranian Space Agency and Aerospace Research Centre for Iran, made her a role model for me. I was a space enthusiast, and she showed me the right path to hone this interest. Most astronomical and space-related groups contact her, and they are willing to collaborate their projects with SGAC because of her great relations with different groups and communities. As the Persion New Year is in March, I think the best way for me to thank her, and to wish her a “Happy New Year”, is to nominate her for Member of the Month. I’d like to say my congratulations in Persion:"

From Aziz: Since joining SGAC, Mahsa has been a big supporter of SGAC’s activities. To support SGAC, she stepped up quickly to the Regional Coordinator position, and extended communications within the Middle East region by recruiting more members, and getting in touch with the space community, all while creating awareness for SGAC and SGAC’s activities. Besides all the activities she participates in and her efforts, Mahsa is also one of the two recipients of the Women in Aerospace Europe Aware. She is not only an active member, but with all her dedication and stance for women’s roles in space activities, Mahsa is also an asset to SGAC.

And here is our March Member of the Month’s reaction: "It is a great honour to be chosen as SGAC Member of the Month! I would like to thank Aziz Kayihan and Behnoosh Meskoob for nominating me.  I am also thankful to all the Middle East NPoCs for supporting activities in Middle East. I hope my activities contribute to the growth and development of SGAC in Middle East!"

From SGAC Co-Chair, Catherine Doldirina: "Mahsa is one of our most devoted and active members. It is a great pleasure to know that this is a fact acknowledged by SGAC members. I am sure that Mahsa is an inspiration for many, and hope that she will not cease to contribute to this organisation’s activities, projects and events. Congratulations, Mahsa!"

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space professionals  and university students whom 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 goal.

We are proud to present the February 2012 Member of the Month: Suresh Bhattarai (Executive Co-Secretary and NPoC for Nepal)

Suresh Bhattarai, an amateur astronomer, traveller, researcher, educator and communicator, has been actively working as a secretary of Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) for the promotion of astronomy and space science in Nepal since 2007. He earned his B.Sc. in Physics from Tribhuvan University (TU) and is currently in the final year of his M.Sc. in Physics with majors Astrophysics and Plasma Physics. Suresh also works on various astronomical projects in Nepal. Along with his team, Suresh modelled a Human Orrery (HO) in collaboration with EurAstro Association in Kathmandu, which will be the regional centre for Asia. He has served as an Executive member of EurAstro (IYA2009 International Organisational node) and a Star Peace Ambassador (Star Peace Project – IYA2009 Special Project) since 2009. Suresh loves to travel to new places and volunteering for different astronomy and space science organisations. He also enjoys explaining what he knows about astronomy to locals during his travels.

Joyeeta Chatterjee, Regional Coordinator for the Asia Pacific, nominated Suresh:
"I am pleased to nominate Suresh Bhattarai, National Point of Contact for Nepal and Executive Co-Secretary, as the Member of the Month for February 2012! A passionate space advocate, Suresh is a very active NPoC in the Asia Pacific region, working at grassroots level with school children, teenagers, youth and adults to promote Astronomy and Space Science education in his country. Together with Co-NPoC Rijendra Thapa, he works tirelessly to organise space-related lectures, exhibitions, workshops and astronomy camps to bring the wonders of the universe to the public at large. Suresh recently completed his first term as NPoC for Nepal and we are glad he's continuing for a second two-year term. He was appointed as Co-Executive Secretary in July 2011 and he has been discharging his additional responsibilities diligently. He has been an enthusiastic and a valued member of the Asia-Pacific SGAC team and in recognition of his tireless volunteer contributions, he was awarded the 2011 SGAC Young Leader Award at the Space Generation Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. Apart from being SGAC's NPoC for Nepal and Executive Co-Secreatary, he's the founder and executive secretary of the Nepal Astronomical Society; Member of the International Meteor Organisation, Belgium; Chairman of EurAstro World- section of EurAstro Association, Germany; Ambassador for Nepal in the Star Peace Project, Iran; Resource Person of Developing Astronomy Globally (DAG), South Africa; Member of Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), USA; and a member of NASA's Saturn Observation Campaign (SOC), USA.
You can read more about his outreach work on his personal blog at Please also visit the SGAC Nepal National Page here for more details."

Our February MoM’s reaction: "I am very grateful to all of you for your continuous support. I’d particularly like to thank Dr Rishi Shah, Academician of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) for his continuous inspiration and motivation of my work since 2007. SGAC has taught me how to lead and move with time along with new ideas and implementation strategies for the betterment of humanity through space science and its application. I would like to offer my heartiest thanks to all of you for the honour. Thank you, SGAC!"

From SGAC Chair, Michael Brett: "Our utmost congratulations to Suresh in his selection as this month’s Member of the Month. Suresh has made the position of Co-Secretary his own in the short time he’s been with SGAC, doing an amazing job from his home in Nepal. He is incredibly attentive and works extremely hard to ensure all the National Points of Contact are introduced to the organisation properly and supported in their work. Suresh’s support of our monthly Executive Teleconferences and the General Assembly last month are particularly noteworthy – SGAC would be at a loss without him. Congratulations, Suresh!"

And SGAC Co-Chair, Catherine Doldirina: "It was great to find out that Suresh is our Member of the Month! He is such a hard-working and responsible member of SGAC.  As Co-Chair I know how much we need people like Suresh who take their tasks with SGAC seriously and devote time and effort to make things happen. Living in Nepal, Suresh arguably is the closest of SGAC’s stars to the real stars!"

SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space professionals  and university students whom 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 goal.

We are proud to present the January 2012 Member of the Month: Andrea Jaime (Deputy Executive Director)

Andrea Jaime Albalat (Andrea Jaime) is a Spanish aerospace engineer who was born in Onda, Spain. In 2007, she earned 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 (Communaute des Villes Ariane) Summer School, hosted in Rome in 2011.
She started her professional career working as part of the organisational committees of several workshops and conferences, including ISU 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.

Andrea is an enthusiast of space exploration, and strongly believes in the power of the space sector for the development and improvement of Earth.

Guzel Kamaletdinova, National Point of Contact for Russia, nominated Andrea:
"I knew Andrea when she was introduced to our SGAC team. Almost as soon as she was introduced, she took her duties seriously and as we can see, by now, she has been working hard and responsibly. We all could see her achievements and she has been inspiring us from the beginning. I admire her energy and her positive sense of development that she brought us. I am happy that she is one of our leaders and I believe she can successfully continue our expansion and strengthening! But I am sure she, as a leader, needs our feedback in this positive key. That is why I am happy to nominate her!"

Our January MoM's reaction: "It was unexpected, but so great to be nominated the first Member of the Month in 2012. I arrived at SGAC full of positive energy and ready to start working with a great group of people, and to bring myself into them. However, what I found was  a great group of people already full of that energy and passion, and I was the one who got all their good vibes. Thank you very much for this nomination (and the kind words from Guzel, NPoC from Russia). I feel really proud to already be fully integrated into this organisation, and this is giving me an extrac push to keep the good work that, thanks to you, we are all achieing. 2012, with this good beginning for me, will be even better!"

From SGAC Chair, Michael Brett: "Congratulations to Andrea on being selected as our Member of the Month for January! Andrea been in her position as Deputy Executive Director for a relatively short time, but has already made an positive impact on the organisation. Her hard work on the Annual Report for 2011 and the SGC Final Report in particular have been extremely valuable and have allowed us to release this material well ahead of time. Most importantly though, Andrea has quickly established herself as an essential part of the SGAC family.  She is a delight to work with and we're looking forward to big things when she takes over the reins from 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 goal.

We are proud to present the December 2011 Member of the Month: Lucie Crescenzo (NPoC for France)

After spending 4 years in Business law, she chose to specialize in space law in Paris - Sceaux University (alongside two current members of SGAC by the way), which was a great occasion for her to meet a wide range of space professionals and space fans. By being Communication representative of the IDEST, the Insititute of Space and Telecom Law, based in Paris, she was also able to spread the SGAC news. After her studies, she joined Schlumberger in Paris, but she is staying involved in the aerospace sector, and in fact, she is really impress how both sectors are quite alike.

Damian Bielicky, Regional Coordinator for Europe, nominated Lucie:

"I would like to nominate Lucie Crescenzo (NPOC for France) as the Member of the Month. I've been nominating her for the last few months hoping that finally she will be awarded. Since her appointment she was extremely active SGAC Member, promoting us in many cities in France, including major aerospace events. That brought a higher recognition of the Organisation in this country as after all I’ve been contacted by many French people who wanted to be more involved. Lucy also started a dialogue with young professionals at universities in France, especially in Paris. She also represented SGAC at IAF 60th Anniversary.

Lucie, with her own initiative, prepared a list of all space events in France. She promoted Arianespace across the globe, and even wrote an article to our Newsletter about this Organization, which was of significant importance also with the financial reasons (Arianespace is one of our Partners and sponsors). I have also heard lots of good things about her dedication and professionalism from other people from aerospace industry in different European countries. I am convinced that the reward would encourage her to even higher dedication within SGAC."

And here is our MoM Lucie’s reaction:

"Being member of the month of December 2011 means a great deal to me... it is an honour to have been nominated as a person who has achieved something (even an achievement as tiny as it may seem) in such a wonderful environment as space, especially by the SGAC members. Thank you very much and have a festive end of 2011!"

Michael Brett, SGAC Chair said:

“Congratulations to Lucie on being named SGAC’s Member of the Month for December. Lucie sets an incredible pace with her work as National Point of Contact for France promoting aerospace events across the country and within Arianespace. She is an excellent representative for SGAC, a shining example to our NPoC network and we are so pleased to highlight her fantastic work at the grass roots level in our organisation“

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 the November 2011 Member of the Month: H. Tugça Sener Satir (Turkey), Translator and NPoC

H. Tugca Sener Satir is a PhD student at Queen's University of Belfast and a research student at Armagh Observatory since October 2010. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Ankara University - Astronomy and Space Sciences Department and Master's Degree from Erciyes University. During her bachelor's studies, she performed many observations of binary stars and variable stars. She had also been in Bonn at Argelander Institute fur Radioastronomy for two years. In 2010, when she first joined to SGAC team, she served as Turkish translator and subsequently she has been named National Point of Contact for Turkey. She is a member of the Turkish Astronomical Society and Royal Astronomical Society. Apart from the academic side of space, she also enjoys meteor observations and taking astrophotographs.

Aziz Kayihan (Turkey), Regional Coordinator for Middle East, nominated Tugça:

“After joining SGAC as Turkish translator, Tugca wanted to get more involved with SGAC and got appointed as NPoC of Turkey as a result of her
application. On the way of preparations for the greatest SGC ever, in Cape Town South Africa, Tugca was one of these people who was behind the curtains, but helped a lot as Logistics Co-Coordinator. She is also the one who got the funding for our SGC and SGAC pins that we have been proudly carrying throughout SGC and IAC. She has been, and will continue to be, a great contribution to the SGAC family.”

And here is our MoM Tugça’s reaction:
“It's my honour to be recognised as the MOM by SGAC, thank you all. SGAC has always been a great organisation to be involved with. I started as a translator in 2009 and then became NPoC of Turkey. These were followed by being one of the organising committee members for SGC 2011 and during all this, SGAC was a great inspiration for me. But there is still a lot to be done. I try to introduce SGAC as many people as possible not only in my country but wherever I go, all around the world. Attracting the youths’ attention to space will no doubt bring many new challenges and surprising ideas for the human future. It is a privilege to be a member of such a dynamic and international organisation. There is so much to do for all of us and it's our responsibility to act faster than time. Clear skies!”

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.

 Members of the Month for October 2011

The Local Organizing Team of SGC 2011 Cape Town: Michael Afful (Ghana), Dayne Kemp (South Africa), Chijioke CJ Nwosa (Nigeria), Minoo Rathnasabapathy (South Africa) and Pierre Van Heerden (South Africa). Read below for their full bios.

Michael Afful (Ghana): Organising Coordinator

michael_afful_editMichael Afful is currently a graduate student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Thereafter, he completed other degree with Honours in Astrophysics and Space Science through the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) in University of Cape Town. His current research involves satellite orbit design and decay analysis. Michael first came across SGAC in 2010 when he attended the IAA/ NASDRA symposium in Nigeria. During that symposium, he had a chance to meet and become inspired by some of the incredible members of the IAA. Since then, Michael always wanted to be part of SGAC. He sees SGAC as a unique platform to share ideas with like-minded space enthusiasts which brings to the forefront strong global collaborations that are required in an evolving space industry. It is his aim to eventually form a space research group at his institution and to introduce graduate and undergraduate courses in space science and technology in his department. Further, he wants to work towards a space agency in Ghana. Michael is currently the NPoC for Ghana and a fan of soccer. He is proud to be part of SGAC.
MoM reaction:
“I got to know about SGAC in 2010 through friends. Since then, I have been following SGAC activities. Being part of SGAC has been an amazing and fufilling experience. SGAC is a wonderful organisation and what really appeals to me most is the diverse and motivated people from all over the world with a common goal thus united by the passion for space. This year's SGC2011 was a blast; meeting with like minded space enthusiasts has had a major impact on my personal goals. I feel honoured to be nominated as part of Member of the Month for October.  I am happy to be part of Space Generation, and will continue to play my part locally, regionally and internationally.”


Dayne Kemp( South Africa): Organising Coordintaor

dayne_kemp_editDayne Kemp is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa studying towards an electrical engineering degree. On completion of this he would like to specialize in control engineering in order to enter the space industry professionally. Dayne is the founder and chairperson of the first student chapter of the South African Space Association (SASA) at UCT. The student chapter serves as a forum for information exchange between students and professionals. The chapter also has a keen interest in experimental rocketry and focuses lots of their attention on this. Dayne has also been working on a project at the South African Astronomical Observatory which involves the structural and electrical integration of a rocket motor test stand which will be used to characterize various rocket motors and fuel types.
MoM reaction:
“SGC2011 was the first Space Generation Congress I have attended and what an experience it was. I had heard a lot about the SGC through a few friends but the event greatly exceeded my expectations and am extremely proud to have been part of the LOC 2011. I look forward to meeting everyone again next year in Naples!”


Chijioke C J Nwosa ( Nigeria): Organising Coordintaor and IAC Booth Coordintaor

cjChijioke Cj Nwosa is completing his Masters programme in Space Science and Technology at the University of Cape town/South African Astronomical Observatory. He holds a Honours degree in Astrophysics and Space Science from the University of Nigeria. Cj is currently assessing SumbandilaSat's (South Africa's national satellite) in-orbit risks from space debris and space weather. Generally, his research interests include spacecraft-environment interactions, and preservation of the near-Earth space environment. He has been involved in payload design, sounding rocket campaigns, planetary and gravity waves projects (using the radars at Antarctica), and space related outreach programmes in South Africa. He is a Co-lead for SGAC's Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Working Group.
MoM reaction:
“SGAC inspires young minds to develop innovative ideas/methods to impact space endeavours - present and future. It's a privilege to be recognised as a component of the driving force behind SGAC's stunning accomplishments. I am humbled by this nomination. Proudly doubt!”


Minoo Rathnasabapathy (South Africa): Logistics Lead Coordinator

Minoo RathnasabapathyMinoo completed her degree in Aerospace Engineering with Honours at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. During her studies, she completed an internship in Germany, where she was working on structural design improvements for the Ariane 5 launch system. Minoo is currently a PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering. Her doctoral research investigates the impact dynamics of novel materials used in aerospace structures. Minoo’s past research experience includes the analysis of hypervelocity impact dynamics on spacecraft due to space debris. She is NPoC for South Africa and co-lead of the SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Working Group.
MoM reaction:
“We had a fantastic team this year in the lead up to SGC '11. But ultimately, the success of SGC comes down to the delegates. Thanks everyone for making this an unforgettable SGC in Cape Town! Hope to see you all in Naples!”

Pierre Van Heerden (South Africa): Lead Local Organising Coordinator

Pierre Van HeerdanPierre Van Heerden completed his BSc. in physics and applied mathematics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa (2005-2008). During 2007, Pierre studied at the Universitaet Osnabrueck, Germany as part of an exchange programme. In 2009, Pierre received a BSc. Honours from the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP). The NASSP is a collaboration of various South African institutions providing tertiary education in astrophysics and space science and is based at the University of Cape Town. As part of the BSc. Hons. degree, he worked with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) to measure the rotation periods of a number of rapidly oscillating, chemically peculiar A-type stars. Pierre is currently doing research for his NASSP MSc., which is concerned with refurbishing and commisioning one of the SAAO's automated telescopes. In particular, Pierre will be working on the telescope's software. In future, Pierre plans to get more involved in the space sector - more specifically, he is interested in monitoring and searching for variable stars and extra-solar planets, unmanned exploration and alternative propulsion.
MoM reaction:
“I'm truly honoured to have been chosen as one of the Members of the Month for October. I hope that everyone enjoyed SGC 2011 and that I will see all of you in Cape Town again very soon.”

Ravit Sachasiri, NPoC from Thailand, nominated LOC:

"I would like to nominate the LOC for the member of the month. The LOC were integral to the success of the SGC 2011 and other local events in cape town. They had to volunteer their time and resources in the preparation of the event and they did an excellent job. I would like to congratulate the LOC ons the work they have done and definitely feel that the SGAC MOM should go to every member of the LOC of the SGC 2011"

Quote from SGAC Chair, Michael Brett

“It’s very rare we recognise more than one member each month for their contributions to SGAC, but the five members of the Cape Town local organising team for the Space Generation Congress are in need of extra special acclaim this month. Michael, Dayne, CJ, Minoo and Pierre all put in so much of their time, energy and creativity to make the 2011 Space Generation Congress the fantastic event it was. We simply could not have done it without their tireless support. Congratulations to all, you’ve done yourselves and South Africa very proud in your work. Everyone who attended SGC felt welcomed, energised and part of a larger community thanks to your efforts. “

Quote from SGAC Co-Chair, Catherine Doldirina

"I was very happy to have seen and experienced the superb organisation of SGC this year in Cape Town, but even more so the eagerness of the LOC guys (and girls! :) ) to help out everybody with whatever things people were in need of. Their hospitality and attention is what really made my stay in Cape Twon both during SGC and IAC unforgettable. Thank you LOC team!"

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 the September 2011 Member of the Month: Etim Offiong, NPoC of Nigeria

Etim_Offiong_NPOC_NigeriaEtim Offiong is a Scientific Officer at the African Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education in English (ARCSSTE-E), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is also involved in space education and outreach/awareness programs in Nigeria. Etim’s areas of interest are in systems engineering, policy development and technology management. He obtained his bachelors degree in Electronic/Electrical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. In 2010, he participated in the Space Studies Program at the International Space University, where he worked in the Asteroid Mining team project. He serves as one of SGAC’s NPoC for Nigeria. He is currently writing his diploma thesis on space education policy.


Guzel Kamaletdinova, NPoC for Russia, nominated Etim:

“I would like to nominate Etim Offiong, NPoC for Nigeria for Member of the Month. In my opinion he is one of the strongest leader of our team. We met last year when we were in a group of grant recipients. He was the second person, who encouraged me to join SGAC. In the beginning he gave me all the necessary information and he always inspires me to progress! Etim is a very enthusiastic leader and he has incredible capacities! He is a real hard worker! We can see his achievements as a member of YGNSS working group. Also Etim was working with the NASRDA/ARCSSTE-E/SGAC scholarship. He has received IAF grants twice and this year he is the winner of the Ade Abiodun African Space scholarship. I am sure it stands on its own. I am proud to know Etim personally and I am happy to nominate him!"


Our Co-Chair, Catherine Doldirina, commented on Etim’s nomination:

“Voting for Etim to become MoM is evidence of a trend that young people from Africa get more involved in space activities and are doing a great job like Etim of promoting space programmes and their development. We at SGAC are proud and happy to have such active and devoted members as him. Congratulations Etim!”


And here is our MoM September reaction:

"I got to know about my nomination as MoM for September during the cultural night organised by SGAC for the Space Generation Congress. That reminds me that SGAC creates a platform for friendship, integration and sharing among young people in the world. I have had a great time since I joined SGAC in 2009. I’ve met present and future great leaders in/through SGAC. SGAC has also given me opportunities to share my thoughts with other young people in Nigeria and elsewhere. I am happy to be part of this great network. Thank you for the nomination" said Etim Offiong

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