29 August, 2016

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 15th Space Generation Congress and the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Every year, this is a hard choice for the SGAC Executive. However, we are glad to report that we received an outstanding number of high quality applications this year.

Congratulations to all the winners and see you in Guadalajara!

The winners are:


Daniel Brack

Daniel has just begun his PhD studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has recently completed his MSc studies at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion -­ Israel Institute of Technology where he focused his research on relative motion estimation between two orbiting objects. Daniel also holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion. In addition, Daniel is an ISU­ SSP14 alum and a team project associate chair in ISU SSP16. Daniel is one of the Space Generation Advisory Council National Points of Contact for Israel and has been working on promoting SGAC activities in Israel. He has also been involved in several nano-satellite STEM projects in the past such as the QB50 project and the Technion's SAMSON mission.

“I am very proud and happy for this great opportunity the SGAC is providing me, I hope to utilize my attendance in the 2016 SGC and IAC to further promote SGAC activities in my environment.”


Ramasamy Venugopal

Venugopal is passionate about using space and astronomy for the larger benefit of society. He is currently the project manager at the International Astronomical Union-Office of Astronomy for Development that aims to leverage astronomy to further sustainable development. He volunteers with SGAC as an Executive Secretary and World Space Week Association as astronomy liaison and content contributor. He has a Bachelor’s in telecom engineering from India and a Master’s in space studies from the International Space University. He has previously worked with telecom companies Ericsson and Verizon.

“I am delighted to be offered this excellent opportunity to meet and work with SGAC members from around the world and thus contribute to SGAC’s vision. By providing a recognized platform for the voice of students and young professionals, SGAC nurtures the next generation of professionals and leaders in the space sector. It has been a wonderful experience with SGAC thus far and I hope to strengthen my involvement in the future.”


Chantelle Dubois

Chantelle Dubois is an undergraduate computer engineering student at the University of Manitoba and former business and outreach lead for the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society. Chantelle joined the SGAC in 2014 as a web editor, and interned at the organisation's headquarters in Vienna in Fall 2015. Currently, she is a co-coordinator for the SGAC web team, the Chair of the Winnipeg chapter of the Canadian Space Society, and the Marketing Manager for the Canadian Space Commerce Association.

“The Space Generation Leadership Award is an incredible honour. This award will provide me with the opportunity to attend the Space Generation Congress and the International Astronautical Congress where I will continue to engage with the international space industry to help me be a more informed future contributor.”


Hansley Noruthun

Hansley Noruthun is a scholar of London’s Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and presently works in parallel with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in regards to an entrepreneurship programme. Hansley is a bioscientist, an elected associate of King’s College London and alumnus of the International Space University. His research portfolio comprises of advanced analytical techniques, molecular & microbiology practice and In vivo experimentation. He was previously selected as a local UNICEF representative, Top Ten Student in the Country 2008 Award in French language and rewarded with a scientific teaching registration by the UK government. So far, he has been involved with several institutions such as Institut Français de Londres, London South Bank University, London Institute of Space Policy and Law, King’s College London and consequently Ohio University and International Space University. He has been privileged to be involved in projects using the Short-arm centrifuge at DLR, an Astronaut Payload Training at the European Space Agency & European Astronaut Centre and a commercial airline travel study with University of Oxford. In 2015, he was awarded a full UK Space Agency and European Space Agency scholarship to attend the International Space University’s Space Studies Program hosted by NASA’s Glenn Research Center working on the ‘Tracking Fracking’ project. Hansley has a passion for STEAM outreach programmes; his aim is to make a contribution to the local community through the development of space-related projects and raising awareness in space activities. He hopes to find international opportunities to help him bring this change, especially for Mauritius.

“It is an honor for me to receive the Space Generation Leadership Award for 2016. I feel privileged to be part of such an organization and share this platform with like-minded individuals who hope to shape the future of the space industry. I look forward to participating in this year’s 15th Space Generation Congress (SGC) and the 67th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico.”


Henry Ibitolu

Henry was born and raised in Nigeria. He is currently a Geospatial Data Analyst at Onidex Geospatial Solutions. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria in 2014, during which he had his internship at the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), and was exposed to issues relating to the application of space-based technology for humanity. Likewise, he participated at the Inaugural Astronomy Summer School for West African Students, where he gained more insights in Space Science. Henry has been active within the SGAC network since 2013, firstly with the YGNSS project group and most recently was selected as an Analogue Astronaut for the upcoming Poland Mars Analogue Simulation (PMAS) 2017. Previously, he volunteered for a year as a Science Teacher at a community high school, where he initiated a Space Club which helped inspire the students with the beauty of our cosmos. Henry has always had a strong interest in space science and is constantly seeking to complement his studies in climate change with space applications. He hopes to use his future involvement in the space industry to inspire the younger generation and advocate for effective STEAM education in Africa.

“I am so grateful to SGAC for granting me this unique opportunity once again this year to be among the recipients of the Leadership Award. Attending this year’s SGC and IAC would positively impact both my professional and academic career and ultimately influence the Nigerian space community."


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