SGAC Welcomes New Project Coordinator and Project Coordinator Assistant
21 May 2010
SGAC is happy to announce the appointment of the new Project Coordinator, Cem Ozan Asma of Turkey, and Assistant Project Coordinator, Tabitha Smith of the United States.
SGAC Welcomes New Project Coordinator and Project CoordinatorAssistant
21 May 2010
SGAC is happy to announce the appointment of the new ProjectCoordinator, Cem Ozan Asma of Turkey, and Assistant Project Coordinator, Tabitha Smith of the United States.
Cem and Tabitha will be in charge of working with SGAC project leads to develop and execute work plans for SGAC’s year-round projects. SGAC currently has three projects: SGAC Disaster Management Group, Youth for GNSS (YGNSS), and the Near Earth Object Working Group. These groups are comprised of members from SGAC’s international network, and they work throughout the year to produce outreach, papers, and presentations on their respective topics. For more information on these SGAC projects please see the projects page. Cem and Tabitha will be replacing Alex Karl of Germany, who served as Project Coordinator since April 2009 and prior to that was SGAC Chairman.
For more information on Cem and Tabitha as well as their plans for their position, please see below.
Cem Ozan Asma has been appointed SGAC Project Coordinator. Cem has 13 years of experience in multiple aerospace areas including aerospace missions and technologies, thermal protection systems for space vehicles, and cubesat technology.
He received his BSc and MSc degrees from the Aeronautics and Aerospace Department of the Middle East Technical University, in Ankara, Turkey. After having worked as a research assistant at the university and as an aerodynamics R&D engineer in industry, he moved to Belgium. He obtained his second Master degree (Research Master) with honours at the von Karman Institute in 2001. Since then, he has been working at the Aeronautics and Aerospace Department of the von Karman Institute as a Senior Researcher and Project Leader for several high-level, multi-disciplinary research contracts. At the same time, he achieved his PhD degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He has years of hands on experience both as a researcher and a project manager for experimental techniques.
As a highly professional researcher and a project manager for experimental techniques Cem is the perfect candidate for Project Coordinator at SGAC. Cem is planning to create new ideas to bring SGAC to the next level of production and dissemination of innovative projects that will make a positive impact. He is willing to employ his time and experience for the benefits of SGAC and believes that this will also be an invaluable experience for him to learn more about non-technical space-related disciplines. Cem looks forward to helping SGAC members shape up their project proposals and support project teams. What is more, Cem believes in the importance and necessity of high-quality documentation and dissemination of activities. This is why he would like to take responsibility in the events organised by SGAC, or in any other dissemination activity that SGAC would benefit from.
Cem will work together with Tabitha Smith who has been appointed Assistant Project Coordinator. Tabitha comes from a rural background and initially she was supposed to continue working on horse farms. Nevertheless, Tabitha decided to study at the West Virginia University, where she researched neutron stars in an astrophysics lab. During her studies, Tabitha was awarded a number of fellowships and scholarships to continue astrophysics research. Tabitha holds two degrees, one in physics and the other in sociology and anthropology. Tabitha’s short-term future plans include starting her master’s studies in International Science and Technology Policy this autumn in Washington, DC and working at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.
As a Assistant Project Coordinator, Tabitha plans to be an efficient go-between for the Project Coordinators and the Executive Council. She will be assisting in the management of various projects being directed by SGAC. Tabitha believes that it is extremely important for the youth to be heard in decisions made regarding space activities, and SGAC is a way for young people to make a respected and powerful impact.