24 November, 2016
SGAC is excited to announce that the 2017 Space Generation Fusion Forum staff have been selected, after a competitive process with many excellent candidates. We are looking forward to working with this team of 12 individuals from across the globe on the 6th Fusion Forum, being held on 2-3 April, 2017 in Colorado Springs!
Chantelle Dubois (Canada)
Fusion Forum 2017 Deputy Manager
Chantelle Dubois is an undergraduate computer engineering student at the University of Manitoba and former business and outreach lead for the University of Manitoba Space Applications and Technology Society. Chantelle joined the SGAC in 2014 as a web editor, and interned at the organization’s headquarters in Vienna in Fall 2015. Currently, she is a co-coordinator for the SGAC web team and the Chair of the Winnipeg chapter of the Canadian Space Society.
Carolyn Belle (USA)
Carolyn Belle works as a senior analyst for Northern Sky Research, focusing on international satellite manufacturing and launch activities as well as government and military communications. Carolyn contributes to diverse consulting projects at NSR, lending expertise to market performance forecasts, business plan analyses, market assessments and entry strategies, and project feasibility studies. She has previously been a part of the Research & Analysis team at the Space Foundation and has been active in leading space outreach initiatives such as Yuri’s Night. Carolyn has a Master’s degree in Space Management from the International Space University and Bachelor’s degree in Biology from The Colorado College, studies during which she participated in astrobiology and biochemistry research internships at NASA Ames Research Center.
Anja Peculjic (Serbia)
Anja is a graduated law student from Faculty of Law, University of Vienna. During her studies, she has specialized in international law with the main focus on international space law and continued to expend her knowledge further through various extracurricular activities such as summer schools (ECSL Summer Course on Space Law and Policy 2012 and 2013) and moot courts (Manfred Lachs Moot Court 2013, as a team member, 2014 as a coach, and 2015 and 2016 as a judge). She has continued to conduct space legal research after her studies and participated in a number of international conferences (e.g. 4 th Manfred Lachs Conference 2016, Montreal, Canada; International Astronautical Congress 2016, 2015 and 2014; Conference on Space Security and Space Sustainability 2014, Peking, China). Last April, she was one of the four young professionals awarded by Space Generation Advisory Council the prestigious Global Grant to participate in the Fusion Forum and Space Symposium 2015 in Colorado, USA. The past two years, she has worked at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, as a research assistant and now she has started her PhD at the Cologne University.
Jim Behmer (USA)
Jim Behmer is Mission Manager at Phase Four, where he writes software, plans missions, and develops business for Phase Four's plasma propulsion systems. Jim previously held positions at Boeing, SpaceX, and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and was most recently a space systems engineer at Aerospace Corporation. Jim holds BS and MS degrees in aerospace engineering from Purdue University. Now living in West Los Angeles, Jim enjoys flying, studying history, and participating in local government. He is a proud Cleveland native.
Greg Bonn (USA)
Greg Bonn is a Senior Embedded Software Engineer at Ball Aerospace. Over the last eleven years Greg has developed highly reliable software systems for spacecraft, instruments, simulators, and test systems, for defense, civil, and commercial customers. In addition to his technical work, Greg is a functional group lead and conducts personnel reviews and provides career mentorship for junior engineers. Greg received his bachelor's degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Arizona State University
Kristin Shahady (USA)
Kristin Shahady is a Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace in Colorado working as an analyst for on orbit support of satellites. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Florida Institute of Technology. In 2016, Kristin worked for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control with a desire to get back into the space industry. She was accepted as a delegate for SGFF 2016 and won MVP for the round robin discussions. This event opened the doors to her job at Ball Aerospace and she can’t wait to help other delegates receive similar, life changing experiences. Previously, she has worked for the Kennedy Space Center’s education program teaching kids about the shuttle’s history. She had an internship with Space Telescope Science Institute to work with top scientists in the field to optimize the Hubble archived data.
Tasman Powis (Australia/UK)
Tasman Powis is a graduate of Aerospace Engineering and Physics from Monash University, Melbourne Australia. With aspirations towards working in the US space industry, he is currently undertaking his doctoral studies at Princeton University, New Jersey within the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Working at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, Tasman is investigating the fundamental behaviour of plasma's in propulsion devices such as Hall thrusters. Tasman attended his first SGAC event in 2012 and has returned almost every year to take part in the Space Generations Congress and Space Generations Fusion Forum.
Cody Knipfer (USA)
PR & Communications Coordinator
Cody Knipfer is an Associate at PoliSpace, a D.C.-based space policy consultancy serving clients in the commercial space industry. Concurrently, he volunteers as the policy assistant of the Space Frontier Foundation, a 501c3 committed to opening the space frontier for permanent human settlement, and regularly publishes on topics in the space policy field. Prior to joining PoliSpace, he was a space policy intern at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. A graduate of McDaniel College in Maryland, where he earned his B.A. in international relations and political science, Cody is currently pursuing graduate studies at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute. His research interests include the future of international space law, the national security uses of space, and public-private partnerships in the space industry.
Michelle Knox (USA)
PR & Communications Coordinator
Michelle Knox is a Test Engineer with The Boeing Company in Huntsville, Alabama. She is the lead test conductor for the upcoming LOX tank proof pressure test as well as assisting in other aspects of production testing as NASA’s Space Launch System is being built at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. Previously, Michelle worked for United Launch Alliance in Decatur, Alabama working production test for the Atlas and Delta rocket programs. Her first position was a Ground Operations engineer on the Space Shuttle Program at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Michelle graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S in Aerospace Engineering.
Michelle currently serves as an SGAC National Point of Contact for the US, served as a delegate at the 2015 Fusion Forum and is very excited to become in more involved with SGAC and the Fusion Forum.
Daniel Brack (Israel/USA)
Operational Support Coordinator
Daniel has just begun his PhD studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has recently completed his MSc studies at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology where he focused his research on relative motion estimation between two orbiting objects. Daniel also holds a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Technion. In addition, Daniel is an ISU SSP14 alum and a team project associate chair in ISU SSP16. Daniel is one of the Space Generation Advisory Council National Points of Contact for Israel and has been working on promoting SGAC activities in Israel. He has also been involved in several nano-satellite STEM projects in the past such as the QB50 project and the Technion's SAMSON mission.
Bradley Farquahar (Canada)
Operational Support Coordinator
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, Bradley graduated with a double major in Marketing and Finance. While in University he took a summer job which changed his life forever. He was flown to California and taught the art of sales every morning only to implement later that day selling alarm systems door to door making a hundred percent commission. Finding success he recruited 20 associates to come back for a second year where he passed down my sales knowledge through daily sales meetings / trainings. Applying this theoretical sales degree he started Sky High Energy, a solar panel sales and installation company and grew it over six years in multiple states to be acquired in 2014. In the past year he’s proactively invested into himself to have a successful career in the Space Industry, through attending SGFF 2016, SGC/IAC 2016, and completing the ISU Southern Hemisphere Program.
Justin Kugler (USA)
Operational Support Coordinator
Justin Kugler leads new business development at Made In Space for the company’s core offerings in additive manufacturing, advanced materials, and space-based services. Building on fifteen years of aerospace industry experience, engineering degrees from Texas A&M and Rice Universities, and certification in strategic foresight, Justin previously developed the value proposition and core strategy for the industrial R&D sector at the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), managed National Lab pathfinder projects for the ISS Payloads Office, developed crew health system models and training simulations for the Constellation Training Facility, and served as an intelligence analyst for the CIA. His forecast of the Future of Industrial Activity in Space won the 2015 individual achievement award from the Association of Professional Futurists. Justin also serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for International Space Education, the AIAA Public Policy Committee, and numerous industry advisory groups.