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.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC January 2013 Member of the Month: Sandra González Díaz (Spain)

Sandra Gonzalez

Sandra González Díaz holds a Masters in Telecommunications Engineering from the Escuela Politécnica Superior de Ingeniería de Gijón (EPSIG), Spain. During her studies, she worked on the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) Satellite, the fourth mission in the ESA’s Education Satellite Programme, on which she based her Master’s Thesis Project.

After that, she started her professional career working as a Young Graduate Trainee at the European Space Agency in the Power Management and Distribution Section. Nowadays, she is working as a hardware development engineer in the Primary Power Department with Astrium Satellites.

Within SGAC, she is the co-lead of the Small Satellites Project Group (SSPG) and participated in the 2012 Space Generation Congress, where she worked in the “Space for Humanitarian Relief” working group. She was also recently selected as a young professional to take part in the IAA Study Group on "Long-Term Space Propellant Depots", where she will be representing the SGAC network.

Guerric de Crombrugghe (Belgium), Co-Lead of the SGAC Small Satellite Project Group, nominated Sandra:
"Sandra has been a member of the SGAC for a long time, but she became really involved over the last few months with the creation of the Small Satellite Project Group, of which she is co-lead. Since the very beginning, she has shown an incredible energy and motivation. Sandra is a person with a vision, who sets clear goals and gives her-self means to achieve them with great success. Furthermore, she is very sociable and it is always a pleasure to have a tele-conference or receive a friendly e-mail from her. It has been a real pleasure to work with her, and I am sure that our project group has a bright future with such a positive person at its lead. In my opinion, Sandra is an example to follow for new SGAC members. Therefore, she deserves to be nominated MoM."

Here is Sandra's reaction:
"Thank you very much! It is an honour for me to be chosen as the member of the month! I am really happy and proud to be part of this organization. This nomination is really inspiring and it gives me an extra boost of energy to keep working on the SGAC’s activities. SGAC has given me not only professional opportunities, but also the chance to meet wonderful people all around the world, which motives me to keep working in this amazing space community!"

From SGAC Chair, Catherine Doldirina (Georgia):
"Congratulations to Sandra González, SGAC Member of the Month for January 2013! She has been actively involved in preparing and working in one of SGAC's newest project groups on small satellites. It is wonderful to see that SGAC has more strong project groups, and that Span Gen members have so much energy, time and devotion to set up new working groups, as well as working hard to promote them, recruit new members and dedicate their time to research, amongst many other duties. Good job, Sandra, keep it up!"

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