12 September, 2017
SGAC and Young ESA are pleased to announce the winners of the joint Young ESA Diversity scholarship for 2017. The competition enables one outstanding SGAC member to attend the 16th Space Generation Congress and the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.
SGAC would like to thank ESA once again for its generous continued support of SGAC and this annual scholarship.
Congratulations to the winner and see you in Adelaide, Australia!
The winner is:
Didun is from South Wales in the United Kingdom, having been born in Nigeria. He is currently a graduate engineer at GKN Aerospace working in Additive Manufacturing with GKN Engine Systems in Space Systems Engineering. He holds an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering from Cranfield University, having read General Engineering at Grey College, Durham University.
At Cranfield, Didun was a recipient of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Aeronautical Society MSc Award, his master’s thesis "Spacecraft Designers’ Guide to Using Additive Manufacturing Processes for Large Metallic Spacecraft Structures” has been selected for presentation at this year’s International Astronautical Congress. He was also awarded a full UK Space Agency and European Space Agency scholarship to attend the International Space University’s Space Studies Program hosted by NASA Glenn Research Center working on the ‘Vision 2040’ project, which was published on the NASA Scientific and Technical Information Program.
Didun volunteers as a UK STEM ambassador through going to schools and hosting events teaching young children about the many opportunities within STEM subjects and careers and how they’re within reach to all.
Quote: “It is an honour to receive the Young ESA award, especially through writing about a topic very close to my heart. I’m greatly looking forward to working with delegates from across the world in shaping the future space industry and preparing the report for the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.”