September 12, 2014 - The LSST Hiring Campaign continues to attract Top Talent to the project team. Frossie Economou joined LSST on August 4. 2014, as Technical Manager for Data Management (DM) and Education & Public Outreach (EPO). She splits her time between building a team to support the development and science quality activities of the far-flung DM group and planning for the software development effort of the EPO team. Frossie is very excited by the technical ambition of the LSST project, the open-source software development culture, and the extraordinary opportunities presented by the data, both for academic research and public engagement. Gary Muller joined the LSST Telescope & Site Mechanical Engineering group on September 8, 2014, as a Senior Mechanical Engineer with emphasis on the M1M3 Cell Assembly. This subsystem includes the 8.4-meter diameter telescope cell structure and the mirror support system. The mirror cell interfaces to the telescope mount assembly and also functions as the lower pressure vessel during mirror re-coating. The complex mirror support system includes pneumatic force distribution to the back of the M1M3 for figure control as well as providing active thermal conditioning to control mirror temperature. Welcome to Frossie and Gary, the newest members of the AURA / LSST Construction Project Office.
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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