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 April 2013 Member of the Month: Stephen Ringler (USA)

Stephen C. Ringler is a Project Leader in the NASA Programs Division, Civil and Commercial Operations at the Aerospace Corporation. Currently, he is responsible for leading program development activities in support of system engineering tasks, technical analyses, and programmatic analyses for NASA and other civil customers. His responsibilities also include providing project and technical leadership and management of the successful execution of NASA requested tasks. Ringler joined Aerospace in 2000 supporting the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Subdivison. There he supported and led technical teams for NSS and NASA customers in the area of precision pointing systems. His responsibilities included development of advanced concepts, detailed design, integration and test of flight hardware, and independent technical review. In 2008, Stephen joined the NASA Programs Division where he conducted independent cost and schedule estimates for NASA proposal evaluations and independent assessments for a variety of different NASA missions and organizations. He has led studies which have evaluated historical cost and schedule performance of NASA spacecraft, instruments, and subsystems. Ringler has a passion for personal development and the development of others. In 2010, he received The Aerospace Corporation Achievement Award for the "Development of Aerospace Mentoring Initiative Plans and Products for the Corporate-Wide Mentoring Program" in 2010. From 2009 – 2010, he was an active member of the Young Emerging Professionals Council which conducted intergenerational surveys and analysis. Stephen earned a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. Ringler's hobbies include sound engineering, drumming, and community service with his local church.

Julio Aprea (Spain/Argentina), Tiffany Chow (USA), and Andrea Jaime (SGFF Co-manager) nominated Steve:
Steve has been a key resource to the success of SGFF 2013, he did such a good job planning and preparing the event, that when he was ill during the event, still it went perfect because of such dedication and preparation on his side. He is a good leader and motivator, I recommend that he gets involved again as manager in future SGAC events. He coordinated the whole international team in a extremely professional manner, we all learned great leadership skills from him.

Here is Steve's reaction:
Thank you very much SGAC! I am more and more impressed with both the organization and its members each passing day. It is my great pleasure to work with like-minded space enthusiasts who share a passion and desire to see space further utilized. I look forward to new, great experiences with SGAC in the years to come!

SGAC Chair, CJ Nwosa, quote:

I would like to congratulate Steven for this well deserved award and thank him for the selfless service he exhibited leading up to SGFF. As the SGFF event manager, he set a good example and contributed immensely to the success of the event and sometimes went beyond the call of duty to assist with unrelated tasks. Well done Steven!

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