SWF Announces Young Professional Scholarship Winners for IAC 2012 in Naples


Newswise — Secure World Foundation is proud to announce the young professionals who have won scholarships for travel funding to the 2012 International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Naples, Italy. As the premiere international space conference, the IAC offers a unique opportunity for young professionals to further their professional development and inject new ideas into the community.

SWF Executive Director Michael Simpson was excited at both the quality of the abstracts and the ability to provide this support to these young professionals. “Every year young professionals whose papers have been accepted for the IAC are unable to present them personally for lack of travel funds. We are delighted to help five of these young people. We hope other organizations and individuals will join this effort since there are far more worthy candidates than we could help.” More than 80 abstracts from young professionals around the world were submitted. After a rigorous scoring process, the five winners selected to receive scholarships and their paper titles are as follows:

Kate Becker, United States - "Lessons Learned from Maritime Domain Awareness for International SSA"

Kate Becker is currently serving in the International and Interagency Affairs Division of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Satellite and Information Service. Kate has a BA in Physics and Mathematical Sciences, an MA in Theology and Ethics, and ten years of experience in space science education. She will graduate with an MA in International Science and Technology Policy, with a focus in Space Policy, from George Washington University in August.

Minoo Rathnasabapathy, South Africa - "Novel Approaches to International Cooperation and Data Sharing for SSA"

Minoo is a PhD candidate in Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia where the focus of her doctoral research investigates the impact dynamics of novel materials used in aerospace structures. Minoo graduated with a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering with Honours, after which she gained professional experience in Germany, working on the structural design optimization for the Ariane 5 launch system. Minoo is an active member of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), where she is co-lead of the Space Safety and Sustainability (SSS) Working Group, coordinating multiple research projects on the safety and long-term sustainability of outer space.

Utsav Mukherjee, India - "Low Earth Orbital Zones - A Legal Shakedown"

Utsav Mukherjee is a dual-qualified solicitor in both India and England and Wales. He has trained at Clifford Chance LLP after completing his graduation in science and law from National Law University, Jodhpur in India. His interest in space law and intellectual property has led him to publish and present papers in both fields.

Ana Cristina van Oijhuizen Galhego Rosa, Brazil - "The Current and Future Efforts for Reaching Long-Term Sustainability of Outer Space"

Ana Cristina van Oijhuizen Galhego Rosa is a Brazilian lawyer and concluded her master advanced programme in air and space law in 2010 at Leiden University, Netherlands. She has also a specialization in international law and international trade law concluded in 2001 and 2004 at Lisbon University, Portugal. Ms. Galhego Rosa was an intern at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in 2009 and visiting researcher at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in 2010. Since 2008, she has been assisting the Brazilian delegation in meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses for Outer Space (COPUOS) and its Legal Subcommittee as an observer member. Ms. Galhego Rosa is also member of Women in Aerospace-Europe, Brazilian Association of Air and Space Law, and International Institute of Space Law.

Philipp Maier, Germany - "Active Debris Removal: A Multinational Policy Option"

Philipp Maier studies mechanical engineering at Dresden University of Technology, focusing on Space Technology. He has gained professional experience during internships at the DLR Institute for Space Systems in Bremen and at the Robert Bosch GmbH’s Center for Research and Development in Schwieberdingen. Following the 2012 Space Generation Congress, Philipp has been active for the Space Generation Advisory Council as competition co-organizer and in the Space Safety & Sustainability working group. He is also a 2012 Space Studies Program graduate of the International Space University.

Outside the space world, Philipp is a member of the Dresden chapter of Engineers without Borders and has participated in the 2010 and 2011 National Model United Nations conferences. His areas of interest include space debris removal and commercial manned spaceflight.

Resources/Contacts For more information on Secure World Foundation, please contact: Dr. Michael Simpson, Executive DirectorSecure World FoundationPhone: + 1 (303) 553-1560Cell Phone: (720) 261-6789Email: msimpson@swfound.org

About Secure World Foundation Secure World Foundation (SWF) is a private operating foundation dedicated to the secure and sustainable use of space for the benefit of Earth and all its peoples. SWF engages with academics, policy makers, scientists and advocates in the space and international affairs communities to support steps that strengthen global space sustainability. It promotes the development of cooperative and effective use of space for the protection of Earth’s environment and human security. The Foundation acts as a research body, convener and facilitator to advocate for promoting key space security and other space related topics and to examine their influence on governance and international development. Secure World Foundation is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, Belgium. For access to the SWF website, please go to:http://swfound.org/


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