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.

We are proud to present the February 2011 Member of the Month: Andrea Boyd (Australia/Italy), National Point of Contact for Australia and SGAC co-editor

editSMALL_Angie_Boyd_NPoC_AustraliaAndrea Boyd (Italy/Australia) is a Mechatronics Engineer who flies to work as a Control System Specialist in the central Australian desert. A past executive of the AIAA Adelaide Student Branch, she's been actively involved in SGAC since university including creating and fulfilling the inaugural intern position in Vienna, serving on the Executive and leadership awards to SGCs. During an Endeavour engineering scholarship to study robotics at Yeungnam she adopted Korea as a 4th home and used this insight as Logistics Coordinator of SGC09 in Daejeon. Andgie was a part of an undergrad thesis team that designed and built a supersonic ramjet that was successfully launched at Woomera. From independent global travels for work/study over six continents, she has picked up several languages, is a student pilot, clarinet player, avid basketballer and whilst working full time as an engineer is concurrently studying full time towards a Masters of Linguistics.

Yohan Ferreira, RG Asia Pacific, nominated Andrea:

"Andrea has been very actively involved in SGAC for many years - a dedicated member, Winter Intern at the SGAC office in Vienna (2006-2007), Executive Secretary (2008-2009), SGC 2009 International Logistics Coordinator in South Korea and currently serves as NPoC of Australia and Editor in the PR and Communications Team. She was awarded the Peter Diamandis Leadership Award 2007 and SGC 2009 Staff Leadership Award by SGAC for her hard work and commitment to the organisation. Apart from volunteering for SGAC, Andrea was editor of the UN's World Space Week report. She assists supervising at the South Australian Space School and National Space Camp, and has served as a member of staff since 2004 at the National Space Society of Australia's Australian Space Development Conference. Andrea is also Co-Chair of Aerospace Futures - a team of young aerospace enthusiasts with a passion for the industry and inspiring the next generation of aerospace engineers. She was a part of an undergrad thesis team that designed and built a supersonic ramjet that was successfully launched at Woomera. From global travels, including teaching English in Russia/Korea, Andrea has picked up several languages and is currently working full time as an engineer while concurrently studying full time towards a Masters in Linguistics. She has done outstanding work to promote SGAC and her passion for space continues to inspire many youth space advocates around the world. I can't think of anyone more deserving to be SGAC's February Member of the Month!"

And here is our MoM February reaction:

“SGAC is awesome. It's combined my loves of space, engineering and international relations and it has been so much fun over the years to take up opportunities, meet up with SGACers virtually and in person around the world and feel at home wherever we collaborate. I have adored working with SGAC and plan to continue until my youth is up! Totally out of the blue to hear the MoM news! Thanks!” 

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.

We are proud to present the January 2011 Member of the Month: Muhammad Shafiq (Pakistan), former Regional Coordinator for Asia-Pacific

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Muhammad Shafiq (Pakistan) has Bachelor and Master degrees in Space Science and is a doctoral researcher at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. His research interests include climate change, remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications in glaciology & hydrology. He was the moderator of the Climate Working Group at the Space Generation Congress 2010 in Prague. He worked with "Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission" at Lahore as a research scientist for several years. He is a member of the Association of Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Astronomer's Society in Pakistan, Islamic Crescent Observation Project, and the Pakistan Society of Geographical Information Systems. Within SGAC he  is NPoC for Pakistan and the former RC for Asia Pacific.

Ravit Sachasiri and Pathara Limsira NPoCs of Thailand nominated Shafiq:

"Shafiq has been an excellent Regional Coordinator for the Asia Pacific region and has worked consistently to co-ordinate with NPoCs in their respective countries to promote events and programs on behalf of SGAC. Shafiq assisted me when I was first nominated as NPoC and also advised me on how SGAC may assist the NPoCs in event organisation. Shafiq kept himself up-to-date with all the NPoCs and their activities and volunteered a lot of his time to assist. I believe that Shafiq is a model SGAC member and has been a good leader for the Asia-Pacific region." Ravit Sachasiri (Thailand)
 

"My first contact with Shafiq happened when I was selected to be the NPoC of Thailand. Ever since then he has been a wonderful supporter. For example, he kindly edited and guided me to prepare my presentation for APRSAF last year. And this is just one example. I am convinced that there are countless examples of his contribution to the development of SGAC through the years from his position of Regional Coordinator. I would therefore like to honor his significant contribution by nominating him for being member of the month in January." Pathara Limsira (Thailand)


And here is our MoM January reaction:
“I am pleased to hear about my nomination for the prestigious recognition as 'Member of the Month' by the Space Generation Advisory Council. SGAC is a fantastic team of people working for the bringing the benefits of space science and technology to the people by involving the young generation (the space generation). My term as Regional Coordinator of Asia Pacific has ended recently, but I will keep volunteering with SGAC in some other role. The SGAC is a great example of a multicultural organisation, where members come from different countries, religions and customs and are committed to work for space awareness and outreach activities around the globe. I am happy to be part of the Space Generation.”

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.

We are proud to present the December 2010 Member of the Month: Juergen Schlutz, National Point of Contact Germany

Juergen Schlutz (Germany) is an aerospace engineer with a solid background in conceptual design, space exploration architectures and lunar mission design, having graduated from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. Between 2000 and 2005, he was an active member and coordinator of the propulsion team for the SSETI Express (launched 2005) and ESEO student satellite projects. In 2005 he joined the scientific team around Prof. Ernst Messerschmid at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) of Stuttgart University as a research associate and lecturer. Juergen also worked as a consultant to ESA in the frame of European exploration architecture studies, after which he continued the architecture work as a member of international working groups for the development of an international lunar reference architecture that was published in 2010. Since 2009, Juergen is also getting actively involved with White Label Space, a competitor for the Google Lunar X PRIZE. He represents the group in Germany and coordinates some outreach and marketing activities. Since May 2010, Juergen is working for the German Space Agency (DLR) in the department of Human Spaceflight, ISS and Exploration.

Damian Bielicki (Poland), Regional Coordinator for Europe, and Ariane Cornell (US/France), Executive Director nominated Juergen:

Juergen is one of the longest SGAC members, and throughout the years had a significant contribution to SGAC development. He was extremely active within the organisation, and outside. He was promoting the Blue Marble, had a significant contribution to the General Assemblies and fundraising for SGAC. He is the first point of contact with DLR and promotes activities in Germany, like the Conference in Stuttgart, and was a great supporter of Yuri's Night in the past and is now during the 50th Anniversary in 2011. He is an exemplary SGAC Member and one of the best NPoCs.


And here is our MoM December reaction:

“I got to know SGAC when participating at SGC 2006 in Valencia, where the incredible atmosphere immediately enthused me. Since then, I have been following SGAC activities, taking actions where I could in order to support the growing organisation. What strikes me again and again about SGAC are the diverse and motivated people from all around the world. United by the passion for space, they are dedicated and professional where necessary, but also open minded and enjoying community where possible. Space Generation is more than just a network (although the network is a large part and works extremely well), it has become renown in agencies and space institutions worldwide for its pool of highly educated individuals as well as its project-oriented output. I am happy to be part of Space Generation, and will continue to play my part as NPoC, locally, regionally and internationally.”

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.

We are proud to present the November 2010 Member of the Month: Catherine Doldirina

Catherine Doldirina is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Air and Space Law, McGill University. She has been conducting legal research MOMOctober10__CatherineDoldirinarelating to space activities since 2005. Her expertise lies in the field of intellectual property law and her current research relates to the legal status of remote sensing data. She has lectured on European competition law, European copyright law and space law at the University of Bremen and at the European Humanities University (Lithuania). She has also tutored at the European Space Law Centre summer school on space law and policy. Her professional experience was gained as legal assistant to specialist copyright lawyers (Bremen). She successfully completed an internship at the European Space Policy Institute, Vienna, drafting the study “Case for Space” during this time. She authors work on other aspects of space law, is engaged in the research activities at the Institute of Air and Space Law, as for example Space Security Index, and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. In 2009 she was awarded the Diderick Verschoor award and prize for the best paper by a young author for the Colloquium on Space Law of the International Institute of Space Law.

And here is our MoM November reaction:

"I joined SGAC in 2007 and since then met many enthusiastic young people who believe in space and actually do things to promote development of space activities. I am always glad and honoured to participate in SGAC events and activities, because it is the way I can contribute to the fascinating space future of our generation!"

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.

We are proud to present the November 2010 Member of the Month: Ondrej Bruna (Czech Republic), SGC 2010

Ondrej Bruna grew up always gazing at the stars, which inspired his passion for space and technology in general. He chose to studyondrej electrotechnics at the secondary school in Olomouc and continued his studies at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEE) at the Czech Technical University (CTU). Here he focused on control engineering and cybernetics. Ondrej has also studied abroad for a semester at Kansas State University. Upon returning, Ondrej has continued his studies in control engineering, where he is now in his second year of his master's degree.

Yohan Ferreira (Sri Lanka), Regional Coordinator for Asia Pacific, nominated Ondrej:
"I am pleased to nominate Ondrej Bruna, Conference Venues and Fundraising Coordinator in the SGC 2010 Local Team, for October Member of the Month. I had corresponded with Ondrej by e-mail before meeting him in Prague on 19th September. Ondrej was very dedicated from the beginning and invaluable to making SGC 2010 a resounding success! He efficiently handled multiple roles which included offering valuable suggestions, guiding us around Prague, liasoning with the Charles University staff, helping in the negotiate with the catering, picking up outreach material from the Czech Space Office and the delegate bags from the logistics company, assisting to prepare the main lecture room, packing the delegate bags, assisting to shop for food for the coffee breaks and wine for the reception etc. Despite the pressure, he was always friendly, calm and never lost his sense of humour. It was a pleasure meeting and working with him. We need more committed, selfless volunteers like Ondrej to take SGAC forward. I hope he also considers applying for the position of Co-NPoC for the Czech Republic as he and Pavel would make a great team! For all these reasons, Ondrej deserves to be recognised as the SGAC Member of the Month for October. "
 
Please see the photos in my online album 'SGC 2010 - Behind-the-Scenes' as evidence:
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And here is our MoM October reaction:
“SGC was a great experience thanks to the opportunity to connect with young people sharing the same passion as me. I was happy to help with the congress and to be part of such a great group of people. I was also very proud of Prague being the host city of SGC and IAC. I hope that everyone enjoyed it as much as possible.  We did our best! Along with me many other people from Czech Republic worked on the preparations. I think everyone did a great job and I am very happy I could be part of it. I appreciate very much being chosen as Member of the Month. Thank you very much.”

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.

We are proud to present the September 2010 Member of the Month: Vanessa Passoni, NPoC of Italy

Vanessa is 26 years old and she is from Udine. She graduated this year with honours in International Policy and Diplomacy MS at the University of Padua, Italy. She also holds a degree in International Relations with specialization in Human Rights. In 2008 Vanessa worked at ESA-ESRIN Frascati as a research intern, writing her thesis project on “general remote sensing principles for disaster prevention and mitigation”. Since 2008 she is a member of the European Center of Space Law and since May 2010 she has been working at the European Space pOlicy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna as a research intern focusing on regulatory framework of outer space.

Damian Bielick, RC Europe, nominated Vanessa:

“Although Vanessa joined SGAC in early 2010, she has been an exemplary and very dedicated Member. In a very short period of time she was of great help for SGAC while being at ESPI in Vienna. She was also leading negotiations with Telespazio (Italian Space Academy Foundation), which resulted in advanced conversations about deeper cooperation between the Organisation and SGAC. She is also planning other negotiations within Italian space sector, and is very actively and widely promoting the Italian-SGAC cooperation. Moreover, Vanessa has been appointed to be a Tutor during the ESA/ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy in Jaen, Spain, where she was also a representative of SGAC.” Damian Bielick (Poland).

Our September MoM reaction:

"I found out about SGAC accidentally at the beginning of this year. When joining SGAC I discovered a unique environment where the youth plays the main role. Thanks to SGAC, I have the opportunity to share my experience with other members, as well as to gain knowledge form the others members. As an NPoC for Italy, I can share what my country does in the space field and inform other members about the events organised for the young space community. I am convinced that the young space community can really make the difference, helping developing countries through increasing awareness of the benefits coming from the exploration of the outer space and giving everybody the opportunity to play a role in the space sector.Being an SGAC member, and in particular NPoC is an amazing experience but it also requires a lot of attention, constancy and patience, which I hope to always deliver.  I would like to thank every member of SGAC for this appointment!" Vanessa Passoni.

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.

We are proud to present the August 2010 Member of the Month: BekeleTujuba, NPoC of Ethiopia

Bekele Tujuba was born in Addis Ababa. He spent his first 13 years in Ambo, a town located about 100 kilometers from Addis Ababa. At 14 years old Bekele returned to Addis Ababa to attend high school. He got his BSc in Applied Physics from Addis Ababa University in 2008/2009. Immediately after completing his BSc, he started working as Physics teacher at St. Joseph International School. After four months, he traveled to South Africa to attend the Astrophysics and Space Science courses under a program called National Astrophysics and Space Science program (NASSP), hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT). In addition to being SGAC NPoC for Ethiopia, Bekele served as apresident of the Union of Physics students (UPS) for two years and was also a member of the National Team for IUPAP Women in Physics Working Group. In addition, Bekele is an organizer of Yuri’s Night World Space Party in Ethiopia and he is the National Coordinator of World Space Week. He is also a member of the Ethiopian Space Science Society (ESSS) and the Ethiopian Physics Society.

Christopher Andrew Vasko(Austria), Web Editor, nominated Bekele:

“I first got in contact with Bekele when working in the Vienna office. Since then I gradually grew to appreciate the hard work that our African SGAC members do. Their spirit, motivation and dedication to motivate young people in their regions are another important view of what the Space Generation really is about. His attendance to the UN-SPIDER conference and the warm personal welcome he extended to our Chair underlined this feeling. SGAC relies on people like him to spread the word and the spirit, and I am especially proud to see that Bekele could attend the UN conference to make a good impression there. I wish him luck in his future endeavors and I am proud he is part of our team.

And here is our MoM August reaction:

“I first heard about SGAC from Abebe Kebede who then sent me a link to apply for SGC – 2007 in Hyderabad. I immediately applied to become NPoC for Ethiopia as well and I was officially appointed as NPoC in December 2007. Since then, I have led various outreach activities during World Space Week and Yuri’s night. I have always enjoyed working and sharing ideas with SGAC members and staff. I regret not being able to participate at SGC, a remarkable event every SGAC member should be part of, I believe. I am a member of different professional organisations but I enjoy SGAC the most. I am more than happy to continue contributing to space science in Ethiopia and Africa.”

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.

We are proud to present the July 2010 Member of the Month: Misheck Mutuzana, NPOC of Zambia

Misheck Mutuzana was born in the town of Mufulira, Copperbelt province in Zambia. Among his many academic accomplishments, he has a diploma in computer studies and one in art & design. Misheck also has technical training in graphics (Evelyn Hone College), training in e-learning (ICT-UNESCO Bangkok), is a Master Teacher in Creative Arts (iEARN USA) and has a Certificate ICDL (European Computer Driving License Foundation). He has participated and presented papers at numerous international conferences in ICT-related themes and subjects such as the Global Teacher Network. Besides being an SGAC National Point of Contact for his country, he is also a Project Implementation Team (PIT) member of the Enhancing the Visual Presentation of Education Content (ENEDCO) Project on the Copperbelt, as well as the Coordinator for SchoolNET Zambia in Mufulira. Misheck also coordinates the Global Teenager Projects on the Copperbelt to enhance the participation of schools in the use of ICT’s. He is also an engaged member of many groups dedicated to e-learning like the e-brain forum of Zambia, Computer Society of Zambia, Open Source Zambia Initiative (OSZi) and Teachers without Boarders (TWT). Currently, he teaches computer studies at a high school in the Copperbelt province and is the national examiner and setter in computer studies in collaboration with Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ).

Ariane Cornell, Executive Director of SGAC, recommended Misheck Mutuzana saying that:

“Misheck became the Zambian NPOC just this past April and has done a model job since. In June, he put on an event to spread the news about SGAC in Zambia and to encourage younger generations to become interested in space. He also has been very encouraging of his fellow NPOCs, participates in SGAC activities, and has done a good job communicating with the executive office. For coming from a non-spacefaring nation in a region where tools like reliable internet are not necessarily a given, I think Misheck has done an excellent job so far as NPOC. He is an inspirational character in SGAC leadership, and the initiative that he takes is indicative of the potential of our demographic in the space sector around the world.”

And here is the July MoM’s reaction:

“My experience with SGAC-Zambia has been overwhelming, lucrative and educational. Many thanks go to Mr. Simpemba and the SGAC-Zambia team for introducing me to SGAC-Zambia activities. Our main aim for SGAC-Zambia is to introduce and make awareness of Space Generation activities and formulate Space Generation clubs in schools, and this is coming to fruition. So far, we have formulated three Space Generation clubs in schools, namely, Mpelembe Secondary School, Mufulira High School and Butondo Secondary School. We hope to have more schools joining and participating in the Space Generation club activities in the coming months.”


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