25 November 2017
SGAC is proud to announce the following appointments in our global team who will be joining the Space Generation Congress (SGC) 2018 Local Organising Team:
Abdelfattah Mostafa is a space propulsion engineer at Omnidea-RTG in Germany. He is working on development, manufacturing, and testing of several propulsion system components from bi-metallic joints to thrusters in the frame of ESA projects and with the LSI in the space industry. Previously, Abdelfattah worked at FOTEC, Austria as a research intern with chemical space propulsion projects with green propulsion outlook. Abdelfattah has a M.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Appled Science in Wiener Neustadt, Austria. He has been a member of SGAC since 2014.
Amina is pursuing a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics at the University of Bremen, specializing in PDE, optimal control and control engineering. During her studies, she did research on a project addressing the exploration of small celestial bodies at the Institute of Space Systems of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Further, Amina worked on the accomplishment of the sounding rocket experiment UB-SPACE which was launched on board REXUS 21 in March 2017. She was inovled from the very first ideation to the final data analysis. Beside her studies, she is dedicated to inspire the youth's interest in space science and technology. She had the opportunity to do this over the past years asa an instructor for robotics and as a student assistant at DLR_School_Lab_Bremen, where she is still working. She looks forward to welcoming the delegates for SGC 2018 in her home city Bremen!
Michael Elsen was born in Germany and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from the FH Aachen- University of Applied Sciences and a Master's degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Bremen. He focused on orbital mechanics, space systems including guidance navigation, and control (GNC), altitude and orbital control systems (AOCS), and thermal control design. For an internship and his Bachelor's thesis, he moved to Bremen to work at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). During his Master's course he worked on several projects at the DLR in Bremen, for example a thrust vectoring for a lunar lander demonstrator as part of a master project team. Michael is currently doing his PhD at the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) at the University of Bremen and is working as a research associate within the MAIUS (Matter-Wave Interferometry in Microgravity) project.
Since 2013 Christian Bach has been working as a research associate for the Institute of Aerospace Engineering at the Technische Universitat Dresden in Germany. Responsible for all chemical propulsion and rocketry related activities, he manages the project SMART in which undergraduate students develop their own liquid-fueled sounding rocket. In 2016, Christian started to give lectures, among others in the fields of space transportation and space exploration. In the same year he was appointed as the occupational health and safety officer at the Chair of Space Systems. Christian is also a Ph.D candidate in the research group for Space Propulsion and Advanced Concepts, in which he is working on novel thrust vector control methods for advanced nozzles. He published a total of 18 journal and conference papers. One of them resulted from his participation in SGAC, where he has been an active member since 2015. In addition, Christian has a diploma in mechanical engineering.