Telescope Workforce Development

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

AstroTech Summer School

Advancing Astronomy Instrument Builders

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Akamai Internship Program

Advancing the next generation of Hawaii’s science, engineering, and technology professionals

TMT Early-Career Initiative

Preparing a global network of early-career scientists and engineers to advance the TMT partnership

In December 2018, 49 graduate students, postdocs, and early-career professionals gathered in Pasadena, 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

481 Akamai interns at Hawai’i telescopes and industry

68 telescope and astronomy personnel trained in effective mentoring

111 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.