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 August 2011 Member of the Month: Cem Ozan Asma (Turkey), Project Coordinator (outgoing)

editSMALL_CEM_ASMA_ProjectLeadCem Ozan Asma got his BSc and MSc degrees from the Aerospace Department of the Middle East Technical University of Turkey. Then he moved to Belgium, where he got his second MSc and PhD degrees. Cem has been working at the von Karman Institute in Brussels for more than 10 years as a researcher and project manager on experimental high speed aerodynamics, re-entry flows and CubeSat projects. In 2010 May, when he was still young enough at the age of 35, he joined the SGAC family as the Project Coordinator. Having worked at this position until August 2011, he did his best to facilitate project kick-off and coordination at SGAC. Due to his increased work load and family responsibilities (with a baby girl joining his family), he is now in the position of transferring his mission to the new SGAC Project Coordinators Emmanuelle and Alanna, remaining at the service of the SGAC family.

Ariane Cornell, SGAC Executive Director, wrote:

"I would like to nominate Cem Asma.  He is our outgoing Project Coordinator.  He did an excellent job ofdefining a new and very important role at SGAC.  Moreover, he has done an excellent job in training the new project coordinators and handing over the torch.  This is just as important as being a strong leader when he was in the role.  SGAC is lucky to have been able to benefit from Cem's support and the calibre of leadership excellence that he brought to the position."

Our Chair Michael Brett commented on Cem's success:

“Congratulations to Cem on being recognised for all his hard work as Project Director over the past two years. Through Cem’s leadership, SGAC has substantially increased both the quality and quantity of its output on policy advice and other initiatives. SGAC’s growth and great reputation is built on the fantastic volunteer work of members like Cem.”

And here is Cem's reaction to his nomination:

"I had an amazing year with the SGAC family as the Project Coordinator between May 2010 and August 2011. Although this responsibility was one of the most fulfilling tasks I ever had in my life, being chosen as the Member of the Month is the best gift I could ever imagine from SGAC. I would like to thank all members of the SGAC family who have helped me in my Project Coordination role and in getting the Member of the Month award. The Project Coordination role was always motivational and fulfilling for me because SGAC members have such a huge potential and interest in new projects that will take the SGAC values to higher and higher. I am now leaving this position because I don't think I can spare enough time that the SGAC projects deserve and I also believe that this role should be taken over by younger members who will grow with SGAC and its projects. Nevertheless, I am always at the service of SGAC in any way that I can serve. I am looking forward to many days where we will be celebrating the successful days of SGAC."

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