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 December 2013 Member of the Month: Ali Nasseri (Iran)

Ali NasseriAli recently graduated from the Master’s program at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. Throughout his studies, he has been involved with research on multidisciplinary modeling and design optimization as applied to aerospace systems. He has also been active in teaching university level and engineering outreach courses.

Since January 2012, Ali has been working actively with the space generation advisory council’s Space Safety and Sustainability project group on their active debris removal project. His activities led to the SGAC Young Leadership Award in 2012, helping him attend the Space Generation Congress 2012. More recently, he was awarded the 2013 IAF Emerging Space Leaders grant. He is currently the executive co-secretary of SGAC.

Minoo Rathnasabapathy and Tiffany Chow, Co-leads of the Space Sustainability (SSS) Project Group, nominated Ali:
On behalf of the SSS project group, we would like to nominate Ali Nasseri for the December Member of the Month. In addition to his vital role as executive secretary for SGAC, Ali has been a key member of the SSS project group’s 2013 Active Debris Removal (ADR) technical project. Ali has represented SSS at numerous conferences this year including the 6th IAASS Conference (Montreal, Canada), Tsinghua University IAF-SUAC International Student Workshop (Beijing, China) and Toronto Students for the Advancement of Aerospace (TSAA) conference (Toronto, Canada), where he presented the research outcomes of the ADR technical project on behalf of the SSS project group. Ali has continually shown initiative in developing ideas to expand on SSS activities, and his great leadership skills and commitment to the project group make him an asset to SSS and SGAC.

Here is Ali's reaction:
I am really honored to be selected as MoM. Working with SGAC has been a great experience for me and has changed the way I look at space activities. My network has grown significantly due to SGAC and I have been introduced to many new opportunities for personal and professional development. I hope to be able to continue my activities with SGAC and help promote the vision of our organization.

Chris Vasko, SGAC Co-Chair:
I first met Ali during the IAC in 2012. He volunteered to man our booth, a very important task concerning our participation at the IAC. He very quickly grew into the role of presenting SGAC to interested visitors with passion, a quick smile and an open way of communicating. When he took up his role as Secretary, he also gradually grew into the job. Now he is a proactive, responsive and reliable member of our team and I am really proud that our office can rely on help of such a dedicated Secretary!

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