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.”