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.”

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