LSST Staff Continues to Grow


LSST received its federal construction start in August of 2014. This website supports the LSST Project Office in its construction of the facility.

LSST Staff Continues to Grow

Two new permanent team members and a summer intern have joined LSST in the past two weeks. Welcome Cathy Petry, Felipe Daruich and David Enciso. Learn more after the jump.

Cathy Petry joined LSST as Project Controls Analyst June 1. Cathy’s primary responsibilities focus on Project Controls, Project Management, and Communications. She will provide workflow and process analysis to design and implement systems and applications for data exploration, visualization and analysis, as well as the collection, organization, and dissemination of information. She will assist in tracking Work Breakdown Structures (WBSs) and ensuring Cost Account Managers (CAMs) charge correctly. She will also provide support (management, administration, simulation runs, simulation analysis) to the Operations Simulations group. Cathy has been involved with LSST as a contractor in various roles dating back to November 2005.

Felipe Daruich joined LSST as Telescope and Site Electrical Engineer June 1. Felipe will work on servo controls modeling and preparing for the active control of the M1M3 mirror support system in addition to general electrical engineering issues. Prior to joining LSST, he worked in Chile as the antenna group senior supervisor for ALMA; he also spent significant time at the Gemini and Magellan telescopes. Felipe will begin his assignment in Chile, before relocating to Tucson in late 2015.

David Enciso began his INSPIRE internship with LSST in late May. The INSPIRE-LAMP program is an NSF alliance among 16 universities and colleges working together to broaden the participation of under-represented minorities in STEM. David will work with George Angeli, Ed Hileman, Shawn Callahan, and Myung Cho on the thermal and structural finite element model for the M1M3 mirror. The objective is to fine tune LSST’s detailed thermal FE model and validate it against optical surface measurements.  In addition, David will participate in the science talks and observatories field trips that are part of the NOAO/NSO REU summer interns’ scheduled activities.  He will be in Tucson through late July.

Financial support for LSST comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded LSST Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the LSST camera is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
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