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 January 2010 Member of the Month: Ariane Cornell of France/USA, Executive Director of SGAC

MOM_JAN_editSMALL_Ariane_Cornell_Executive_Director_AustriaAriane is a French-American who grew up near San Francisco, California. Her interest in aerospace started at a young age: she earned her pilot’s license at the age of 17 and spent many of her early internships at NASA Ames Research Center. She attended Stanford University where she earned her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Science, Technology, and Society with a focus in Management Science and Engineering. Her undergraduate honors thesis was entitled, “Sino-American Relations in Space: Cooperation, Competition, or Coopetition?” Following her studies, Ariane worked in management consulting, first with Accenture based in San Francisco and then with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC. With Accenture, she lived and worked on IT projects in the Philippines, South Africa, Brazil, and the US. With Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior consultant in the Aerospace and Defense commercial consulting group, she helped develop strategies and solve operational issues for executives of the world’s top aerospace and defense companies. Currently, Ariane serves as the Executive Director of SGAC in Vienna, Austria and also serves on the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ International Activities Committee.

Marco Gacesa, RC Europe and National Point of Contact for Croatia, nominated Ariane Cornell for MoM:

“I nominate Ariane because she worked really hard since her appointment and even though she was new to SGAC she quickly became known in a very positive way to everybody in the organisation, planned many improvements of SGAC's internals and implemented some of them, successfully organised - with help of others, of course - the SGC '09 in Daejeon and played an important role in SGAC's 10th Anniversary conference, and probably has done many smaller things that I am not aware of. She's always quick to reply to all my inquires as well as friendly and positive, which really helps encourage everyone to be more productive and involved with the organisation. As an RC, I really appreciate that.”

Nyeng Gyang, Graduate Student, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Australia, also nominated Ariane Cornell as MoM:

“Even though I have known Ariane for only a few months now, she made a commendable first impression on me as a very professional officer of the SGAC. She strikes me as someone who does her job (on the behalf of the SGAC) primarily because she has a passion for it; I believe that a love for the job is her primary driver (even though she may have other, similarly noble, reasons). In addition to this, she does the job conscientiously. Going over Ariane’s track record of achievement and performance, generally, as well as in the “space arena,” specifically, starting from her tertiary alma mater through her service at the SGAC, one cannot fail to acknowledge that she is a capable, very hardworking, professional and passionate individual.During the SGC 2009 in S. Korea, Ariane stood out as “the face,” the mouthpiece of the SGAC at the congress – however, this is not to take away from the very crucial and visible, as well as sometimes invisible, contributions of other planners of the event – and this is despite the fact that the SGC 2009 was one of her very first major tasks as SGAC Executive Officer. Not only do I admire and commend anyone who discharges their duty well and with passion, I believe everyone actually does similarly appreciate such competent and commendable people. Ariane’s work and contributions to the SGAC and its goals have been outstanding and for that I hereby nominate her for the award of SGAC’s MoM for the month of January 2010.”


And here is the reaction of Ariane, our MoM Januray:

“Since I took up the post last April, SGAC has given me so many professional and personal opportunities that I otherwise would not have been able to experience. Most importantly, it has re-sparked my love for aerospace. Listening to SGAC members talk about their work and reading the papers and articles that members submit is simply inspirational. My daily interaction with the international astro community has opened my eyes even further to the role that space can play in global development – both technically and socially. It has reminded me how much I enjoy and continue to want to be a part of this sector. Every morning I count my lucky stars to be working with SGAC's driven volunteers to help develop and push the voice of tomorrow’s space leaders.”

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