AstroTech will be a new summer school developed by a combination of the Institute for Scientist & Engineer Educators (ISEE), the Keck All-Sky Precision Adaptive Optics (KAPA) team led by Jessica Lu (Project Scientist), and several additional astronomy faculty from the University of California. It will borrow and build on elements taken from previous summer schools developed by ISEE and other astronomy groups, including the ISEE Professional Development Program, the TMT Early-Career Initiative, the CfAO Adaptive Optics Summer School, and the Dunlap Summer School. Upper-level undergraduates and early graduate students in astronomy, engineering, and physics are the target audience.
AstroTech is unique in several aspects. First, it will broadly cover all aspects of astronomical instrumentation, including software and process, and will have a much larger hands-on laboratory experience relative to prior summer schools. Second, AstroTech is aimed at a younger group than some previous summer schools and will target two key transition points: (1) undergraduate to graduate level, where undergraduate students decide whether to attend graduate school, where to apply, and where to attend; and (2) pre-masters to PhD candidacy, where graduate students choose their advisors and thesis topics. Thirdly, students will also be encouraged to participate in the workshop in multiple years taking on increasing leadership roles in individual workshop activities. Finally, AstroTech has a specific goal of increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion within astronomical instrumentation, which will be achieved through specific activities during the workshop, targeted recruiting, and post-AstroTech community building.