Three new staff members joined LSST Monday April 20, 2015. Dr. Sandrine Thomas joined LSST as Telescope and Site Project Scientist. Dr. Patrick Ingraham joined LSST as Calibration Hardware Scientist. Libby Petrick joined LSST as an Administrative Coordinator. All three have their offices in the LSST wing of the NOAO building. Learn more after the jump.
Dr. Sandrine Thomas joined LSST as Telescope and Site Project Scientist. Working closely with the LSST Telescope and Site Project Manager, Dr. Thomas will ensure the subsystem’s specifications are appropriate for achieving the scientific goals of the project. Immediately prior to joining LSST, Dr. Thomas was an optical scientist for UARC/NASA Ames Research Center. She also previously worked at Gemini as a planet imager instrument specialist, and we are happy to have her back in the AURA family.
Dr. Patrick Ingraham joined LSST as Calibration Hardware Scientist. He is responsible for the requirements for the constituent elements of the LSST calibration hardware. Immediately prior to joining LSST, Dr. Ingraham participated in the commissioning, data pipeline developmentand first light science of the Gemini Planet Imager as a post-doctoral scholar at Stanford University.
Libby Petrick joined LSST as an Administrative Coordinator. She will work half-time for the LSST Project Office and half-time for the LSST Corporation. For the LSSTPO, Libby primarily will provide support for the Systems Engineering and Data Management teams. Libby comes to LSST after 11 fruitful years at NSO. Other prior experience includes working with IBM, Bombardier Aerospace, and the US Army. She has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
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).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support LSST in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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