SGAC is proud to present April 2022 Member of the Month!
SGAC is delighted to recognize members who are committed to its development; those who show hard labour and total dedication to the mission and purpose. For April 2022, we are pleased to announce and congratulate one of our incredible young space enthusiasts whose efforts in spreading access to space across the world gave the SGAC this year’s Space Generation Fusion Forum: Tasman Powis – Member of the Month, April 2022
Meet Tasman Powis
Originally from Australia, Dr. Tasman Powis is currently a Computational Research Associate at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton, NewJersey, USA. He works on developing software for modeling low-temperature plasmas, with an eye towards designing advanced electric propulsion systems for spacecraft. He is also an advocate for the safe use of nuclear power in outer space, writing papers and conferring with policy makers on pursuing technologies which reduce the probability of proliferating dangerous nuclear materials around the world.
Tasman Powis’ role as part of the SGAC team:
Tasman recently completed his role as the manager of the 2022 Space Generation Fusion Forum which took place from the 1st to 4th of April. He led a team of volunteers to deliver a comprehensive program, including representation from 7 space agencies, and attract a record number of sponsors to support the event. He also worked with the team to improve the diversity and international nature of the event through promoting the conference to a broad base of candidates and incorporating virtual options for those who were unable to travel.
Tasman Powis, share with us your reaction to receiving the nomination:
I have been part of the SGAC for over a decade now and have seen it grow in active members beyond what I could have ever imagined. Every month I see such incredible names and accomplishments being listed as the member of the month so it is an honour to be counted among those people!
What learnings have you got for those considering joining SGAC?
Often those who train in technical fields aren’t given the chance to learn the soft skills which make you better at what you do and often help you enjoy the journey along the way. The SGAC provides that and more. Through the SGAC I’ve learned how to effectively network, communicate, present and now manage a team of over a dozen people. It’s a better education than I could have imagined and I didn’t know I could learn so much while having so much fun.
Would you like to share with us a special quote you feel guided by, or how would you motivate others to stay focused on their goals?
I think my advice would be that you don’t always need to have a goal. Or your goal could just be to experience the event or volunteer role. Being actively part of the SGAC exposes you to so many ideas, people and opportunities that you may not even know what your goal was until it finds you along the way. Good luck!