Member of the Month

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC December 2013 Member of the Month: Ali Nasseri (Iran)

Ali NasseriAli recently graduated from the Master’s program at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. Throughout his studies, he has been involved with research on multidisciplinary modeling and design optimization as applied to aerospace systems. He has also been active in teaching university level and engineering outreach courses.

Since January 2012, Ali has been working actively with the space generation advisory council’s Space Safety and Sustainability project group on their active debris removal project. His activities led to the SGAC Young Leadership Award in 2012, helping him attend the Space Generation Congress 2012. More recently, he was awarded the 2013 IAF Emerging Space Leaders grant. He is currently the executive co-secretary of SGAC.

Minoo Rathnasabapathy and Tiffany Chow, Co-leads of the Space Sustainability (SSS) Project Group, nominated Ali:
On behalf of the SSS project group, we would like to nominate Ali Nasseri for the December Member of the Month. In addition to his vital role as executive secretary for SGAC, Ali has been a key member of the SSS project group’s 2013 Active Debris Removal (ADR) technical project. Ali has represented SSS at numerous conferences this year including the 6th IAASS Conference (Montreal, Canada), Tsinghua University IAF-SUAC International Student Workshop (Beijing, China) and Toronto Students for the Advancement of Aerospace (TSAA) conference (Toronto, Canada), where he presented the research outcomes of the ADR technical project on behalf of the SSS project group. Ali has continually shown initiative in developing ideas to expand on SSS activities, and his great leadership skills and commitment to the project group make him an asset to SSS and SGAC.

Here is Ali's reaction:
I am really honored to be selected as MoM. Working with SGAC has been a great experience for me and has changed the way I look at space activities. My network has grown significantly due to SGAC and I have been introduced to many new opportunities for personal and professional development. I hope to be able to continue my activities with SGAC and help promote the vision of our organization.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair:
I first met Ali during the IAC in 2012. He volunteered to man our booth, a very important task concerning our participation at the IAC. He very quickly grew into the role of presenting SGAC to interested visitors with passion, a quick smile and an open way of communicating. When he took up his role as Secretary, he also gradually grew into the job. Now he is a proactive, responsive and reliable member of our team and I am really proud that our office can rely on help of such a dedicated Secretary!

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC November 2013 Member of the Month: Zhuoyan Lu (China)

Zhuoyan LuZhuoyan Lu is a doctoral student majoring in space law research at University of Lapland in Finland, and has been doing her visiting research at University of Cologne, Germany ever since February 2012. Currently she is with the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs at New York Headquarters as a research assistant. She was involved with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) for a 3-month internship in 2013 and presented at UNCOPUOS the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee meeting in February, the Legal Subcommittee meeting in April, further participated UNCOPUOS in June as a SGAC delegate. In 2012, she took part in the mission on National Space Legislation research work for China. Zhuoyan has been involved with SGAC as Commercial $pace Project Lead, staff member of SGC2013 local organizing committee and project coordinator for SGC2013 Working Groups. She was also a co-author for SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group's "Active Debris Removal" report. She is passionate about space, a member of the International Institute of Space Law, ESA - European Centre for Space Law and an active member of Women in Aerospace – Europe. 

Chris Vasko (SGAC Chair) and Emmanuelle David (Project Coordinator), nominated Zhuoyan:
I would like to nominate Zhuoyan Lu Project lead from the Commercial Space Working Group. She has shown from the creation of the working group to daily task an incredible professionalism. She is a high skilled scholar, always in a good mood and has always very innovative ideas. She acts with commitment and passion. It is always a pleasure to work with such a smart person. 

Here is Zhuoyan's reaction:
My gratitude goes to SpaceGen for nominating me as Member of the Month and for great support and trust from SGAC. Either as a project lead or as a staff member of local organizing committee for SGC2013, it is a fantastic experience for me to work with intercultural and dynamic space enthusiasts worldwide. I am very pleased to witness all the success of the growing organization and would like to dedicate to further development of the organisation.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Chair:
I am pleased that Zhuoyan is recognized as MOM. Her role in this years' SGC was crucial; amongst other native speakers that were of incalculable value to us, she excelled in balancing cultural understanding, patience and professionalism. She was always present when things had to be done, her smile never leaving her face, and helped where she could. Congrats, Zhuoyan, well deserved!

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC October 2013 Member of the Month: Zihua Zhu (China)

Zihua (Nicholas) Zhu is originally from China and about to start his final year of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of AdelaideZihua Zu(Australia) in March 2014. He has been active and dedicated to engage in extracurricular activities and competitions in the field of aeronautics and robotics to develop solid leadership and practical skills. Zihua established a robotics club at the university in his second academic year and had taken a leading role as the president of the club for a year to support cross-disciplinary students for extraordinary performance in extracurricular activities in the field of robotics. By joining the Conference Organising Committee of Australian Youth Aerospace Association in 2012, Zihua was awarded a great opportunity to act as the program coordinator of Aerospace Futures 2013, an annual national conference celebrating the future generation of Australian Aerospace. One of his highlights this year was being part of the organising committee of Space Generation Congress as Logistics Co-coordinator and successfully pulled the conference off with a group of incredibly amazing people from SGAC. With highly recognition from his peer colleagues and supervisors, Zihua was awarded with this year's SGAC Young Leadership Award.

Andrea Jaime, Space Generation Congress Manager, nominated Zihua:

Zihua Zhu (China) has worked extremely hard for the preparation of the Space Generation Congress 2013 in China. Despite his actual residence, Australia, he has been able to work closely with local organisations to ensure great logistics prior to the event. He is a new face to the organisation, but he understood very fast the responsabilities and vision of SGAC. He was able to work in a very professional manner at all times, helping specially with language barriers in China, and being available at all times for SGC delegates and the team. We are sure he will have a great future in the space sector, and we feel very honored to have him on our organisation. Congratulations Zihua for your great job!

Here is Zihua's reaction:

I'm very thrilled to hear the news of my nomination as the MoM. I would like to take this chance to acknowledge my appreciation to SGAC. It was my privilege to work with such a group of amazing people at this year's Space Generation Congress in Beijing. As the co-logistics coordinator of the congress, all those experiences were new to me, and some tasks were challenging. I wouldn't pull it together without the support from the A-team and everyone else who support the cause of SpaceGen. I am looking forward to working more closely with SGAC in the future and to further contribute to the space sector. Thank you all!

Chris Vasko, Co-Chair Quote:

Zihua surprised me with his motivation and his readiness to help out whenever needed - i am glad he was nominated! As part of our organizing team, he successfully managed to be around whenever he was needed, never shy to help or to smile. Given the tight schedule and the big load on the shoulders of our native Chinese speakers, this is no easy task. Thanks Zihua for your patience, your language lessons and congrats!

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC September 2013 Member of the Month: Chris Vasko (Austria)

Chris VaskoChristopher was born in Vienna, Austria. His strong interest in space related topics began early on and led him to study Physics at the Vienna University of Technology. At university he gradually got more involved in space and research from a scientific perspective. During his graduate course participated as an engineer in various national space related outreach/educational projects, developing a taste for communicating science. During the last years of his Master, he worked as an intern at a small privately held Austrian company assisting in developing a novel plasma engine for space applications. After his thesis, Christopher held an internship position at the European Space Policy Institute, the SGAC Vienna office and worked as scientific advisor for an international think-tank based in Germany. Christopher is currently completing his PhD in Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. He has been an active in SGAC since 2009 as intern to the Vienna office, web editor, National Point of Contact for Austria and most recently as the Treasurer and co-chair of SGAC.

Chris was nominated anonymously:
Chris Vasko has been holding two very high and demanding positions within the organisation at the same time during the last few months: Chair and Treasurer of the organisation. His dedication to the organisation is exceptional, not only for the time he is investing in SGAC, but also for his professionalism. He is always able to place himself in a very objective way and always works towards the benefit of the whole organisation and its members. The new treasurer will be selected very soon, but right now, the MoM of September is very well deserved for him; the preparations of the SGC involve a lot of treasurer work as well as lot of Chair responsibilities.

Here is Chris' reaction:
Thank you SpaceGen! I am very pleased with my nomination as MoM and would like to thank the active members of SGAC for trusting and supporting me through the busy last few months. As Chair, I am proud to see what we achieved as a multinational team. The outstanding success of the Space Generation Congress 2013 in Beijing and our participation in the IAC 2013, with over 40 papers presented by SGAC members, would not have been possible if we would not hold together and cooperate so efficiently. As individual, I am proud to be member of our dynamic, growing organisation. Thank you!

From SGAC Chair, CJ Nwosa:
Chris Vasko has been an excellent addition to the Executive team since he assumed the position of Treasurer, a portfolio he was still responsible for even after being elected co-chair. His diligent attitude and selfless service towards the organisation have led to outstanding contributions and I'm sure I speak for SGAC's leadership when I say "We are proud to have him on the team and have no doubt that the organisation is in safe hands under his watch!"

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC August 2013 Member of the Month: Noemie Bernede (France)

Noemie BernedeNoemie Bernede (France/Germany) has worked as institutional affairs manager since 2011 at Astrium Services in the Earth Observation sector. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Humanities, she graduated with Master's degrees in Political Sciences (2008) and Management (2010). She is also an alumna from the Community of Ariane Cities' Summer School (2012) and from the International Space University (Space Studies Program 2013). In the space sector, her interests range from industrial policies, organizational and business innovations to space education and interdisciplinary knowledge management. As member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), she is actively taking part in the Commercial Space and the Space Technologies for Disaster Management Project Groups.

Emmanuelle David (France), Project Co-Coordinator nominated Noemie:
“I would like to nominate Noemie Bernede as member of the month. She has been active in different of the project groups bringing her expertise and motivation. She is the author of two papers for two project groups. She is also being very active by promoting the Space Technologies for Disaster Management on Facebook and Twitter (@STDM_SGAC). Noemie does her best to promote SGAC activities and attend our event. She received the young professional scholarship from Secure World Foundation to attend IAC in Bejiing. Having members as Noemie, increase our expertise, reputation and network within the space community. Therefore I would like to nominate Noemie as Member of the Month. ”

Here is Noemie's reaction:
Thank you very much for choosing me as SGAC Member of the Month. I feel honored and I am always glad to contribute to the SGAC as much as I can! I enjoy very much working with SGAC members from different countries, and the SGAC is for me the unique opportunity for students and young professionals in the space community to meet and share their views. I am looking forward to continue working all together to keep this momentum going.

 

 

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC July 2013 Member of the Month: Matthew Noyes (USA)

Matthew NoyesMatthew Noyes is a senior mechanical engineering student at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He developed a passion for engineering, science, and space during childhood summers spent building robots and stargazing in northern Virginia. Throughout his academic career he has held internships with Northrop Grumman Corporation, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a Washington, DC venture equity firm and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where he currently holds a co-operative education work-study. His work for the space industry includes ground control software development, 3D iPhone/iPad software, virtual window/head-tracking displays and robotic systems technology. He is member of the SGAC’s Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group, where he helps research orbital debris mitigation techniques with outstanding fellow SGAC members Peetak Mitra, Antariksh Dicholkar, Glen Rugaber and Minoo Rathnasabapathy.

Minoo Rathnasabapathy (South Africa/Australia) and Tiffany Chow (USA), Co-leads of the Space Sustainability (SSS) Project Group, nominated Matthew:
On behalf of the SSS project group, we would like to nominate Matthew Noyes for the July Member of the Month. Matthew currently leads one of three year-long SSS projects researching an alternative solution for Orbital Debris Management (ODM) using vortex rings. Matthew recently represented SGAC and SSS to present the group’s research outcomes at the 6th IAASS Conference "Safety is not an Option" (Montreal, Canada) and more recently the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit (San Diego, USA). Matthew and the ODM team are also currently putting together a short educational video about their experimental and numerical research on ODM. Matthew has been a critical part of the SSS project group and has shown great leadership skills, enthusiasm and commitment from the get-go!

Here is Matthew's reaction:
A few days ago, I attended a lecture given by NASA Johnson Space Center director (and former astronaut) Ellen Ochoa to the organisation’s student/young professional employees. One student highlighted the space community’s commitment to international collaboration, and asked how young people could participate. For me, SGAC is the single, greatest opportunity for us to achieve this goal. With all the new people we meet, the new places we go, the new ideas we share and the work our special project groups do, there is no better way for enthusiasts of space, science, engineering, and policy around the world to congress and grow. I am honored to have been nominated for recognition, but it is all of us together who make SGAC so special. 

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC April 2013 Member of the Month: Stephen Ringler (USA)

Stephen C. Ringler is a Project Leader in the NASA Programs Division, Civil and Commercial Operations at the Aerospace Corporation. Currently, he is responsible for leading program development activities in support of system engineering tasks, technical analyses, and programmatic analyses for NASA and other civil customers. His responsibilities also include providing project and technical leadership and management of the successful execution of NASA requested tasks. Ringler joined Aerospace in 2000 supporting the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Subdivison. There he supported and led technical teams for NSS and NASA customers in the area of precision pointing systems. His responsibilities included development of advanced concepts, detailed design, integration and test of flight hardware, and independent technical review. In 2008, Stephen joined the NASA Programs Division where he conducted independent cost and schedule estimates for NASA proposal evaluations and independent assessments for a variety of different NASA missions and organizations. He has led studies which have evaluated historical cost and schedule performance of NASA spacecraft, instruments, and subsystems. Ringler has a passion for personal development and the development of others. In 2010, he received The Aerospace Corporation Achievement Award for the "Development of Aerospace Mentoring Initiative Plans and Products for the Corporate-Wide Mentoring Program" in 2010. From 2009 – 2010, he was an active member of the Young Emerging Professionals Council which conducted intergenerational surveys and analysis. Stephen earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ringler's hobbies include sound engineering, drumming, and community service with his local church.

Julio Aprea (Spain/Argentina), Tiffany Chow (USA), and Andrea Jaime (SGFF Co-manager) nominated Steve:
Steve has been a key resource to the success of SGFF 2013, he did such a good job planning and preparing the event, that when he was ill during the event, still it went perfect because of such dedication and preparation on his side. He is a good leader and motivator, I recommend that he gets involved again as manager in future SGAC events. He coordinated the whole international team in a extremely professional manner, we all learned great leadership skills from him.

Here is Steve's reaction:
Thank you very much SGAC! I am more and more impressed with both the organization and its members each passing day. It is my great pleasure to work with like-minded space enthusiasts who share a passion and desire to see space further utilized. I look forward to new, great experiences with SGAC in the years to come!

SGAC Chair, CJ Nwosa, quote:

I would like to congratulate Steven for this well deserved award and thank him for the selfless service he exhibited leading up to SGFF. As the SGFF event manager, he set a good example and contributed immensely to the success of the event and sometimes went beyond the call of duty to assist with unrelated tasks. Well done Steven!

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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC March 2013 Member of the Month: Emile Victor (Australia)

Emile Victor (Australia) is a 22 year old Software Systems and Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. For the past couple of years, he has been part of a team whose main purpose is to work towards the modernity of SGAC's computer infrastructure. This server team is based in Australia, which is why SGAC Members may be receiving emails at strange times of the night! Emile has experience within Boeing as a researcher, where he undertook two software projects in the fields of human computer interaction and aerospace safety. Emile hopes to maintain this position within the industry as a graduate engineer.

Christopher Vasko (Austria/Hungary), SGAC Treasurer, nominated Emile
"I nominated Emile for his tireless dedication in working on the SGAC homepage. Without him, the organisation would not have been able to upgrade its security and restore essential functions to the webpage. Knowing how difficult it can be to work on the server, I admire Emile for having spent his valuable spare time - night over night - to fix issues that the team would not have been capable of solving without professional assistance. Thank you, Emile!"

Here is Emile's reaction
"Thanks a lot to SGAC for selecting me as March Member of the Month. I am one member in a team of people who are working on a project to modernise SGAC's website and server infrastructure. We hope to get it all up and running nicely soon!”

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina (Georgia)
"The success of SGAC lies in the willingness and readiness of our members to step up and volunteer to take responsibility over critical actions in certain situations. Emile has demonstrated exactly this behaviour - he tremendously helped SGAC out in a very difficult situation that required an immediate and substantial effort to fix. I also nominated Emile for March Member of the Month, and was very happy to know that the entire Executive Council agreed with the importance of this recognition. This is one of the ways to say ‘thank you’ to our wonderful members. Thank you, Emile!"


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