Rayan is an entrepreneur solving problems pertaining to youth unemployment and education via gaming and fun. Rayan is also educator and writer looking to eliminate the notion of a third world country and pave the road forward for inclusivity in space and space research. Rayan dreams of becoming a pioneer in neural engineering and is currently a psychology and cognitive science student at the American University of Beirut, looking forward to specialise in Biomedical Engineering. Rayan hopes to contribute to space environment and health sustainability, and take the entire Arab World and everyone left out to Mars and beyond.
Since 2013 Christian Bach works as a research associate for the Institute of Aerospace Engineering at the Technische Universität Dresden in Germany. Responsible for all chemical propulsion and rocketry related activities, he manages the project SMART, in which undergraduate students develop their own liquid-fuelled sounding rocket. In 2016, Christian started to give lectures, among others in the fields of space transportation and space exploration. In the same year he has been appointed as occupational health and safety officer at the Chair of Space Systems. In parallel he is a Ph.D. candidate in the research group for Space Propulsion and Advanced Concepts, in which he is working on novel thrust vector control methods for advanced nozzles. He published a total of 18 journal and conference papers. One of them resulted from his participation in the SGAC, where he is an active member since 2015. Christian has a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
Laura has recently concluded her Ph.D. in Space Sciences, Technologies and Measurements at the Center of Studies and Activities for Space of the University of Padova (Italy). Her research topic focused on the dynamics and control of flexible structures for space applications. She pursued her Master's and Bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering in 2014 and 2011 at the same University. She also completed the interdisciplinary Space Studies Program of the International Space University during summer 2015 at the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio (USA). As an SGAC member, Laura has been the National Point of Contact for Italy since November 2015. She has also been part of different projects of the Space Safety and Sustainability and Space Exploration project groups. Laura enjoys organising space-related events and loves travelling.
I am a Planetary Sciences graduate student at the California Institute of Technology and also the Strategic Partnerships Team co-coordinator of the Space Generation Advisory Council. I have a keen interest in public engagement with space science, interactions between different fields relevant to space exploration, and the future of new space economy.