Preparing TMT Future Science and Technology Leaders: A workshop for graduate students and postdocs


Saturday, 4 PM HST, December 3 through Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Hilo, Hawai‘i, USA


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

Participants in the workshop will gain:

  • 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

Confirmed workshop leaders & instructors:

  • Virginia Aragon-Barnes, Environmental, Safety & Health Compliance Engineer, TMT

  • Austin Barnes, Education & Workforce Development Program Manager, Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators

  • Hanne Buur, Software Group Leader, TMT

  • Sandra Dawson, Manager of Hawaii Community Affairs, TMT

  • Lisa Hunter, Director, Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators

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

  • Heather Kaluna, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics & Planetology

  • Renate Kupke, Adaptive Optics Project Scientist, University of California Lick Observatory

  • Scott Roberts, Systems Engineering Group Leader, TMT

  • Gary Sanders, Project Manager, TMT

  • Luc Simard, Science Instruments Group Leader, TMT

  • Doug Simons, Director, Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

  • Warren Skidmore, Telescope Research Scientist, TMT

Participating Organizations:

  • TMT

  • Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope

  • Gemini Observatory

  • Subaru Telescope

  • W. M. Keck Observatory