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 2015 Member of the Month: Joao Lousada

Joao Lousada

Joao Lousada is a Portuguese aerospace engineer, born in Lisbon. During his master's degree in aerospace engineering, Joao studied at Universidade de Lisboa (UL), in Portugal, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Spain, and University of Victoria (Uvic), in Canada.

Since then, Joao has worked at the Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), as part of its Advanced Study Group, in Bremen, and is now working at OHB System, as an AIT engineer for ESA projects.

Joao joined SGAC in early 2013 and has, since then, been involved in projects within the Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group. He is today the lead for the One-Way Human Mission to Mars (OHM) and Nuclear Powered Spacecraft Safety (NPSS) projects.

Furthermore, Joao is involved in many other volunteer based projects such as the upcoming StartupWeekend Space, in Bremen, where he is part of the core organizing team. This international event will be the first of its kind in Europe and is set to bring innovation and new ideas into the space industry.

Matteo Emanuelli (RC Europe and SSS co-lead) and Ali Nasseri (Executive Secretary and SSS Co-lead) nominated Joao:

"Joao has been very active leading the One-Way Human Mission to Mars (OHM) team, part of the Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group. His guidance and commitment have been instrumental to draft a report about the safety of nuclear powered spacecraft in Low-Earth orbit. The report has been delivered in October 2014 to the UN OOSA. He has also recently proposed new projects for the SSS project group, showing his long term commitment to SSS and SGAC.”

Christopher Vasko, SGAC Chair: 
"I am glad Joao has been recognised as MoM. He stands for what many in SGAC are: Young Professionals with a passion for space and the skills, dedication and motivation to work in groups crossing boundaries. Joao has been a pretty active member with SGAC and moved from proposing projects for the SSS Team to actually leading one of these. His virtual presentation during SGC 2014 was impressive! Congratulations Joao!”

Here is Joao's reaction:

“I'm very honored to have been selected SGAC Member of the Month for January, 2015. It surely would not have been possible without the support of the great group of hard-working and highly motivated people that make up the projects I'm involved with. So I would like to thank them. I would also like to thank Ali Nasseri and Matteo Emanuelli for nominating me and for their work as co-leads of the Space Safety and Sustainabilty Project Group, helping to make this projects possible. SGAC has allowed me to work with a variety of bright and enthusiastic people from all over the world and it has truly been a pleasure. I look forward to the upcoming projects.”

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