Telescope Workforce Development

Helping telescopes build a diverse and effective workforce for science, instrumentation, and operations


The “Broadening Participation in Future Telescopes” is a workshop to generate recommendations for creating more diverse and inclusive telescope workforce communities.

December 17, 2018
TMT project office, Pasadena, CA

Akamai Welcomes 2018 Interns!

38 college students from Hawai’i join the 2018 Akamai Internship Program where they will work at Hawai’i telescopes and industry sites.

In 2017, 42 graduate students, postdocs, and early-career professionals gathered in Santa Cruz, California, for the Thirty Meter Telescope Early-Career Initiative (TECI) Workshop.
The Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE) develops and offers programs that help telescopes build a diverse and productive workforce. Programs and other activities are aimed at the major areas of the workforce needed to build, operate and do science on telescopes, including science and instrument teams, and the full range of technical people needed for construction and operation. Our programs address the unique workforce challenges of telescopes, from operating telescopes at remote sites within small communities, to engaging the large, global partnerships necessary to support the scientific and technological capabilities of today’s telescopes. These programs span the college to professional levels and focus on increasing the diversity of the telescope community.
10 Telescopes and organizations managing telescopes collaborate with ISEE
356 Akamai interns at Hawai’i telescopes and industry
68 telescope and astronomy personnel trained in effective monitoring
70 international participants in TMT Early-Career Initiative
Why ISEE is a leader in telescope workforce development: ISEE is the legacy of the Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO) education program, and has worked with telescopes since 2001. ISEE is headquartered at University of California (UC), Santa Cruz, and remains closely affiliated with CfAO, UC Observatories and the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics. ISEE represents UC in the TMT Workforce, Education, Public Outreach and Communication Board.