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 SGAC’s August Members of the Month: Guzel Kamaletdinova and Ekaterina Rezugina
Guzel has been a member of SGAC since 2010 and is currently National Point of Contact for Russia. She is doing her PhD research on long-term spaceflights and crew operation. Guzel has a Masters degree in Engineering from the State University of Aerospace Technology in Moscow (MAI), where her graduation paper received an order of the Department of Education and Science of Russia. She is currently working as an engineer in JSC “NIIchimmash”. In 2010, she received a grant from the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) to participate in the annual International Astronautical Congress in Prague, Czech Republic and she was previously awarded Russia’s Astronautics Federation Medal.
Additionally, Guzel is an alumni of the International Space University's (ISU's) 2012 25th Space Studies Programme (25th annual SSP) which was hosted by Florida Institue of Technology and Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA. Guzel is a manager of a youth inspiration programme at the World Space Week Association. She is a member of SGC 2012 Delegates Team and a participant of the Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group.
Here is Guzel's reaction:
"I am very proud to have been chosen! This award is a great honour to me, but at the same time it comes with great responsibility. Now, we can't stop where we have reached. We need to grow to make our work significant! Also, I would like to thank our wonderful SGAC team: all these people are very committed and enthusiastic, and they have taught me how to be professional, goal-seeking and really space-minded! I am truly happy to be a part of the organisation, and I'm looking forward to working with everyone.”
Ekaterina was born in Russia, where she earned her Bachelor in Physics and Plasma Technology. After graduation, she moved to Europe for an Aerospace Masters Programme (EuMAS). Ekaterina enjoys travelling, learning new languages and cultures. Her biggest passion for space technology brought her to SGAC in 2009, when she became a National Point of Contact for Russia. Since then, she has been actively promoting and advertising for SGAC within a Russian community of young space enthusiasts. She participated in SGC 2010 in Prague as a rapporteur for the Agency Working Group with the GNSS for Disaster Management project. Ekaterina received a Young Leadership Award to attend the congress. She is a member of Space Safety and Sustainability working group and a co-author of the Space Weather Effects on Space Mission report. Ekaterina holds a PhD in physics and currently works as a research scientist at a Public Research Centre in Luxembourg.
Here is Ekaterina's reaction:
"It is a great honour to be SGAC Member of the Month, thank you! I feel privileged to be part of such a great community. Since I became a member of SGAC and NPoC for Russia, it has been an inspiring experience of meeting, sharing and working with people passionate about space. SGAC gives an incredible opportunity for young people to participate and contribute to the development of global space exploration, technology and policy. There are no cultural, social or physical barriers when it comes to the minds and ideas of space enthusiasts. I thank you very much, my SGAC colleagues, for your hard work, and hope to see you all in Naples!”
Damian M. Bielicki, SGAC Regional Coordinator for Europe, nominated Guzel and Ekaterina:
Since their appointment as NPoCs, they made a significant contribution to the development and recognition of SGAC in Russia. They have become the main communication channel between the Russian space sector and SGAC, including Roscosmos and other entities. They have created the largest Russian speaking social network for young people and aerospace professionals. Additionally, not only are they contributing to all the efforts mentioned above, but also to the Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group. They widely promoted SGAC during the 50th Anniversary of Human Spaceflight. They currently promote Yuri’s Night among Russians in Russia, as well as those living in other countries. They also made several presentations about SGAC, and are permanently promoting the organisation, making it more known and popular.
From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina:
I congratulate SGAC’s hard-working NPoCs for Russia, Guzel and Ekaterina! Not only do they contribute to the expansion of the SGAC network in Russia, but they also participate in various SGAC projects, such as the working groups and the Space Generation Congress. SGAC is glad to have such active members on board, and the choice in favour of the Russian NPoCs as Members of the Month is vivid proof of this. Again, congratulations! Keep it up!