The TMT Early-Career Initiative (TECI) is designed to support the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory by engaging graduate students, postdocs, and other junior-level professionals, from across the TMT partnership, in TMT projects. Outcomes include:
Participants in TECI gain skills and direct engagement in TMT that will initiate further involvement in TMT, as well as build career qualifications for other projects similar to TMT.
TMT projects benefit from involving international partners through TECI, a significant challenge for a partnership that includes Canada, China, India, Japan, and the U.S.
TMT partners will develop their own workforce for TMT and related projects.
By investing now, TMT will have the people and collaborations needed to maximize the scientific output of the telescope at first light. Supporting international collaboration among early-career engineers and scientists will strengthen TMT projects over the full lifetime of the telescope.