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
Andrea 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!”