2016 TMT Early Career Workshop

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A workshop for graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career professionals from the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory, including Caltech, Canada, China, India, Japan, and University of California.

December 3 & 5, 2016, Hilo, Hawai’i, USA

  • Workshop Specifics

    The Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory sponsored a workshop open to astronomy and engineering graduate students and postdocs from the TMT partnership. This workshop was offered through the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators at University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Workshop Agenda [download]

  • Workshop Aims

    Participants in the workshop gained:


    • Knowledge about opportunities for future involvement with TMT
    • Valuable skills such as project management from TMT leaders
    • Leadership and teamwork experience through hands-on training activities
    • Mauna Kea summit and existing observatory facilities visits
    • Opportunity to help design a potential future TMT international program
  • Partcipating Organziations

    Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory

    Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope

    Gemini Observatory

    Subaru Telescope

    W. M. Keck Observatory

  • Speakers & Instructors

    Gary Sanders, Project Manager, Thirty Meter Telescope

    Scott Roberts, Systems Engineering Group Leader, Thirty Meter Telescope

    Hanne Buur, Software Group Leader, Thirty Meter Telescope

    Warren Skidmore, Telescope Research Scientist, Thirty Meter Telescope

    Sandra Dawson, Manager of Hawai’i Community Affairs,┬áThirty Meter Telescope

    Renate Kupke, Adaptive Optics Project Scientist, University of California Observatories

    Lisa Hunter, Director, Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators

    Austin Barnes, Environmental, Safety & Health Compliance Engineer, Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators

    Virginia Aragon-Barnes, Education & Workforce Development Program Manager, Thirty Meter Telescope

    Caitlin Johnson, Physics Graduate Student, University of California Santa Cruz

    Heather Kaluna, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics & Planetology

    Luc Simard, Science Instruments Group Leader, Thirty Meter Telescope

    Doug Simons, Director, Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope