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, and we continued this until today.

SGAC is proud to present the SGAC July 2013 Member of the Month: Matthew Noyes (USA)

Matthew NoyesMatthew Noyes is a senior mechanical engineering student at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He developed a passion for engineering, science, and space during childhood summers spent building robots and stargazing in northern Virginia. Throughout his academic career he has held internships with Northrop Grumman Corporation, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a Washington, DC venture equity firm and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where he currently holds a co-operative education work-study. His work for the space industry includes ground control software development, 3D iPhone/iPad software, virtual window/head-tracking displays and robotic systems technology. He is member of the SGAC’s Space Safety and Sustainability Project Group, where he helps research orbital debris mitigation techniques with outstanding fellow SGAC members Peetak Mitra, Antariksh Dicholkar, Glen Rugaber and Minoo Rathnasabapathy.

Minoo Rathnasabapathy (South Africa/Australia) and Tiffany Chow (USA), Co-leads of the Space Sustainability (SSS) Project Group, nominated Matthew:
On behalf of the SSS project group, we would like to nominate Matthew Noyes for the July Member of the Month. Matthew currently leads one of three year-long SSS projects researching an alternative solution for Orbital Debris Management (ODM) using vortex rings. Matthew recently represented SGAC and SSS to present the group’s research outcomes at the 6th IAASS Conference "Safety is not an Option" (Montreal, Canada) and more recently the AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit (San Diego, USA). Matthew and the ODM team are also currently putting together a short educational video about their experimental and numerical research on ODM. Matthew has been a critical part of the SSS project group and has shown great leadership skills, enthusiasm and commitment from the get-go!

Here is Matthew's reaction:
A few days ago, I attended a lecture given by NASA Johnson Space Center director (and former astronaut) Ellen Ochoa to the organisation’s student/young professional employees. One student highlighted the space community’s commitment to international collaboration, and asked how young people could participate. For me, SGAC is the single, greatest opportunity for us to achieve this goal. With all the new people we meet, the new places we go, the new ideas we share and the work our special project groups do, there is no better way for enthusiasts of space, science, engineering, and policy around the world to congress and grow. I am honored to have been nominated for recognition, but it is all of us together who make SGAC so special. 

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