SGAC announces the winners of the Space Generation Leadership Award (SGLA) 2021
One of the main missions of SGAC is to facilitate access to the world’s major space conferences for young professionals and students. The Space Generation Leadership Award enables five outstanding SGAC members to attend the 19th Space Generation Congress and the 72nd International Astronautical Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
SGAC is proud to announce that five outstanding SGAC members have been selected to win the Space Generation Leadership Award. The Space Generation Leadership Award facilitates the attendance of international delegates who bring unique and insightful firsthand perspectives to the Space Generation Congress.
Dr. Elizabeth Barrios is a Materials Research Engineer with the National Institute of Aerospace residing at NASA’s Langley Research Center. She focuses on developing new technologies for the automation of surface preparation and adhesive bonding of carbon fiber composites and atomistic modeling of all solid-state lithium ion batteries. Previously, she was a Materials & Process Engineer trainee at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center focusing on material selection and failure analysis of carbon fiber composites and non-metallic components of spaceflight hardware. She recently completed her PhD at the University of Central Florida through a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship where she focused on demonstrating the feasibility of utilizing polymer and ceramic composites for lightweight, non-toxic thermoelectric materials. Elizabeth currently serves as the Chair for the IAF Launchpad Mentorship Programme and as a Regional Coordinator for SGAC. She is a member of the IAF YPP/WD Committee and has previously served as a member of the Workshop Organising Team for the IPMC Young Professionals Workshop (2018, 2019) and on the Space Generation Congress Organising Team (2019). Elizabeth has also spoken in the Next Generation Plenary (2020). Beyond her involvement with the IAF, Elizabeth also serves on the Board of Advisors for SEDS-USA.
“SGAC has had such a tremendous impact on my professional and personal life – I would not be who I am today without SGAC. I am honored to represent SGAC at IAC 2021 as a Space Generation Leadership Award recipient and to share this family with the entire IAF community. “
“I am overjoyed at being awarded the Space Generation Leadership Award and look forward to contributing to SGC and IAC 2021 in Dubai in October. These conferences are a fantastic opportunity for me to continue advancing in the space sector and I am grateful to SGAC for enabling my participation.“
“I have admired and appreciated all the things I have learned from previous SGLA awardees over the years. My experience in SGAC has been heavily shaped by how they shared their knowledge and experiences with others and I look forward to passing on that tradition this year at IAC!“
“I’m very motivated to embrace another big challenge that will definitely be decisive for my career and help my country a lot. I will do my best to make the most of this unique opportunity to be with the main players in the space ecosystem around the world.”
Alina Vizireanu is a strategic, results-oriented professional with people management and technical expertise in the Space, Geospatial and IT sectors. She is active for Space4Earth and Space4All initiatives, innovation and technology and has an excellent track record in geospatial and space outreach projects. As a strong advocate of education, gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the Geospatial and Space sectors, Alina supports and volunteers the mission of a couple of NGOs. She is part of the Executive Board at Women in Geospatial+, Executive Committee at Space Generation Advisory Council and editor at British Cartographic Society. A geographer by formation with a Master Degree in Geomorphology and Cartography at the University of Bucharest, Romania, Alina is currently developing AVINTERRA as a side-project that, together with her team, delivers educational courses for AI, Geospatial & Earth Observation programs (AI Foundation and GEO4Schools co-founder) and Mentoring and Career Coaching services, technical speeches, training, and workshops. AVINTERRA’s mission, aside from education and awareness through citizen science projects, is to protect, restore, and promote sustainable use of Earth’s marine and terrestrial ecosystems through the use of geospatial and Earth Observation technologies.
“I’m sincerely honoured and grateful to have been selected as an SGLA recipient. I am extremely thankful to SGAC, the organisation that completely changed my life. I want to extend my admiration to all Members because it is thanks to everyone’s space passion that SGAC succeeds in its mission!“