AstroTech Instrumentation Career Panel

July 23, 2020; Virtual Event – 12:00pm – 2:00pm (Pacific Time)

Event open to 30 individuals accepted to participate in 2020 AstroTech Summer School – Total # of attendees: 21 

“There was a great variety of knowledgeable panelists. It was great to hear from people with such a wide range of experiences, in different stages of their careers.” Event Attendee

The 2020 AstroTech Instrumentation Career Panel consisted of moderated breakout rooms with professional instrumentalists, from industry and academia, in a small group setting. This was an opportunity for attendees to have conversations with experienced members of the astronomy instrumentation community about astronomical instrumentation career pathways, different professional roles and work environments, and strategies for succeeding in instrumentation or related careers. 

Due to COVID-19, and after accepting a diverse and high-achieving cohort of 30 students from a competitive pool of advanced undergraduate and early-career graduate level students interested in astronomy instrumentation, ISEE was forced to cancel the 2020 AstroTech Summer School at UC Berkeley.  As a way to support their interest and development in astronomy and instrumentation, the 2020 AstroTech Summer School cohort were invited to attend an informal Q&A virtual event with experienced professionals within astronomy instrumentation. A majority of the cohort (78%) of the individuals accepted to participate in AstroTech 2020 attended the event.

AstroTech 2020 Inst Panel info

Astronomy Instrumentation Panelists:

Sarah Lipscy, Mission Area Lead for Astrophysics, Civil Space, Ball Aerospace

Jessica Lu, Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy, UC Berkeley

Emily Martin, NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz

Christopher Moore, Astronomy Research Associate, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA)

Max Mutchler, Principal Staff Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute (STSci)

Shelley Wright, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, UC San Diego

AstroTech July 2021

This event was hosted by the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators, with funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation and National Science Foundation.