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 November 2013 Member of the Month: Zhuoyan Lu (China)

Zhuoyan LuZhuoyan Lu is a doctoral student majoring in space law research at University of Lapland in Finland, and has been doing her visiting research at University of Cologne, Germany ever since February 2012. Currently she is with the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs at New York Headquarters as a research assistant. She was involved with United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) for a 3-month internship in 2013 and presented at UNCOPUOS the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee meeting in February, the Legal Subcommittee meeting in April, further participated UNCOPUOS in June as a SGAC delegate. In 2012, she took part in the mission on National Space Legislation research work for China. Zhuoyan has been involved with SGAC as Commercial $pace Project Lead, staff member of SGC2013 local organizing committee and project coordinator for SGC2013 Working Groups. She was also a co-author for SGAC Space Safety and Sustainability Working Group's "Active Debris Removal" report. She is passionate about space, a member of the International Institute of Space Law, ESA - European Centre for Space Law and an active member of Women in Aerospace – Europe. 

Chris Vasko (SGAC Chair) and Emmanuelle David (Project Coordinator), nominated Zhuoyan:
I would like to nominate Zhuoyan Lu Project lead from the Commercial Space Working Group. She has shown from the creation of the working group to daily task an incredible professionalism. She is a high skilled scholar, always in a good mood and has always very innovative ideas. She acts with commitment and passion. It is always a pleasure to work with such a smart person. 

Here is Zhuoyan's reaction:
My gratitude goes to SpaceGen for nominating me as Member of the Month and for great support and trust from SGAC. Either as a project lead or as a staff member of local organizing committee for SGC2013, it is a fantastic experience for me to work with intercultural and dynamic space enthusiasts worldwide. I am very pleased to witness all the success of the growing organization and would like to dedicate to further development of the organisation.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Chair:
I am pleased that Zhuoyan is recognized as MOM. Her role in this years' SGC was crucial; amongst other native speakers that were of incalculable value to us, she excelled in balancing cultural understanding, patience and professionalism. She was always present when things had to be done, her smile never leaving her face, and helped where she could. Congrats, Zhuoyan, well deserved!

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