10 January 2018
SGAC is proud to announce the following appointments in our global team:
- Chris Nie, SGC 2018 Deputy
- Florian Ruhhammer, promoted to SGC 2018 Manager
- Himanshi Singhal, SGAC Accounting and Invoice Finance Team Member
- Arnau Pons, SGAC Finance Team Comptroller
- Swetha Kotichintala, YGNSS Co-lead
- Rayan Imam, NEO Co-lead
- Tung Nguyen, Communications & PR Graphic Designer
- Yasmin Zaman, Communications & PR Graphic Designer
Chris Nie is a Systems and Integration Engineer working on the environmental control and life support system (ECLSS) for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle at Lockheed Martin Space. His career has given him the opportunity to work on GPS satellites, SmallSats, in government affairs and business development, as well as NASA's Human Spaceflight Program, Orion. Chris graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering and a focus in Bioastronautics. His university career spanned work in the fields of space life science research, robotics, ECLSS, human factors, and CubeSats. Chris is active in the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and is an alumnus of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS). He is honored to have been named one of Aviation Week’s Twenty20s as a rising leader in Aerospace and Defense, and to have received the President’s Volunteer Service Award multiple times for his work in STEM outreach.
Florian Ruhhammer works as system engineer for the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and is currently seconded to the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of the Ariane 6 Launcher System Embedded Team at ArianeGroup. Florian has worked two years at the Launchers Product Assurance and Safety (PA&S) Division of ESA in the frame of its Young Graduate Trainee program. He was a student research assistant for the DLR and Centre of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM). Florian has a M.Sc in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Bremen, Germany. Florian joined SGAC in 2016 and has been appointed as part of the SGC 2016 organizing team as well as Deputy Manager for the E-SGW 2017 and Deputy Manager for the SGC 2017.
Himanshi recently moved back to India after finishing up her undergraduate degree from University of Colorado Boulder. Passionate about aerospace and business! In her free time, Himanshi likes to volunteer for professional and local non-profit communities. She also loves horses and eventually wants to learn how to play polo!
Arnau Pons is a Ph.D. student in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He was awarded the “la Caixa” fellowship in order to research on rocket propulsion and combustion instabilities in aerospace propulsion systems. Arnau holds a Master’s Degree of Aerospace Propulsion Theory and Engineering by Beihang University in Beijing, China. Furthermore, he received his Aeronautical Engineering degree (B.S. and M.S.) specialized in Space Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Terrassa, Spain. He also attended the International Space University Space Studies Program 2015 hosted by the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, in partnership with NASA Glenn Research Center. In addition, Arnau is fully engaged with the SGAC community where he has been the SGC 2017 Congress Manager and SGC 2016 Deputy Congress Manager. He is also a glider pilot and loves playing soccer.
Swetha has 8+ years of industry experience in design, analysis, testing, manufacturing, systems and project management. Currently, she is the Technical Regulations Industry Standards, Export control (technology) and Product Safety Leader at General Electric International Inc. (GE Oil and Gas). Prior to it, she worked on CubeSats, most known for India's first ever small satellite launched in 2010 through ISRO's PSLV C15. She's an Aerospace Engineer by education and a certified STEM ambassador with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). She's also an Industry Mentor at Strathclyde University for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering undergraduate students and a member of various societies and organizations, especially supporting Women in Aerospace/Technology. At SGAC, she's part of the Strategic Partnerships Team.
Rayan Imam is a Researcher at the Space Research Centre at University of Khartoum, Sudan. She is also a Lecturer at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the same university. Rayan's research interests include a combination of small satellite missions, cubesats development, and Space for Sustainable Development. She joined SGAC in 2016 and is currently the NPoC in Sudan. She holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Khartoum and an MSc in Space Technology from University of Surrey.