25 July 2017
SGAC is proud to announce the following appointments in our global team:
- Harriet Brettle, Strategic Partnerships Team Coordinator
- Daniel Malgran, Web coordinator
- Emma Velterop, Space Technologies for Disaster Management (STDM) Project Group co lead
- Maryanne Muriuki, Space Technologies for Disaster Management (STDM) Project Group co lead
- Mansoor Shar, Finance Team Member
- Lauren Smith, SGFF Deputy Manager
Harriet Brettle is Outreach Coordinator for the Planetary Society in London, working to strengthen the organisation’s presence in the UK. She recently organized SpaceUp London 2017 and is currently studying astrophysics at Queen Mary, University of London. For the past year Harriet has been executive co-secretary of the Space Generation Advisory Council and is greatly looking forward to this new role working as part of the SGAC team. She was awarded an SGAC Global Grant in 2017 to attend the Space Generation Fusion Forum and 33rd Space Symposium. Harriet will begin a Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology in September.
Emma Velterop (UK / Netherlands), holds a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from UCL, UK, which included a year of study at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, which is where she first encountered and became fascinated by the field of Earth Observation. She is currently working at the European Space Agency (ESA) in the Sentinel-1 team, analyzing the Doppler centroid of the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) instrument. Her previous research experience includes satellite instrument calibration, Interferometric SAR (InSAR) for risk models of urban areas, and SAR offsets processing over Antarctic glaciers and ice streams. She is planning to pursue a PhD focused on the geophysical application side of Earth Observation, hopefully with an additional focus on the signal and image processing. Ultimately, her goal is to contribute to the use of Earth Observation for disaster mitigation and relief.
Maryanne Mumbi Muriuki is trained in Disaster Management and International Diplomacy. She works for ILICIT Africa (Integrating Livelihoods Through Communication Information Technologies for Africa) as the Disaster Management Officer and as the co-lead for the EWERDIMA (Early Warning Early Response Disaster Management) Project in the landslide prone area of Bududa, Eastern Uganda. Her key interest is the integration of Satellite Broadband in Early Warning and Disaster Mitigation. She is an active participant in processes relating to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. She volunteers for other organisations, including A World at School, NYENTRUST and the White Highlands Book Club (WHBC). I hold certifications in other fields including Civic Leadership, Internet Governance and Transnational-Transcultural Collaboration and Communication.
Recently graduated from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France with an MSc in Space Studies, Mansoor joined Inmarsat in June 2015 and works as an Asset and Investment Analyst in the Technology and Business Development function, carrying out profitability assessments, financial modelling and capacity planning. His work also supports cross-functional strategic development activities, including analysis of potential partnerships and carrying out commercial and technical analysis. Prior to Inmarsat, Mansoor worked in Investment Banking and has a BSc in Computer Science. Passionate about space applications and entrepreneurship, he was on the winning team for London’s NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016, and the associated Kennedy Space Centre Challenge: Geotagging Space and Aviation. He is also a qualified Member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Lauren Smith is a Program Manager at Northrop Grumman leading pursuit and rapid development of new space opportunities. She has also worked on autonomous aircraft systems as a Program Manager and as a Concept Development Engineer inventing disruptive concepts. Prior to Northrop Grumman, Lauren worked at NASA Glenn Research Center in the Simulated Lunar Operations (SLOPE) Lab. She also conducted her thesis work at Glenn and developed a novel, patent-pending locomotion mechanism called the Tri-Wheel. This work contributed to being named one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20s. Lauren graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, Bachelor’s degrees in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering, and a minor in political science. Lauren currently serves as the U.S. National Point of Contact for SGAC and is also the Vice President of Caroline’s Project, a nonprofit that awards scholarships to girls who wish to attend STEM summer camps.