ISEE’s roots in astronomy comes from a long-time affiliation with University of California Observatories (UCO, UCO is the center for UC participation in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), and ISEE represents UC interests in TMT Workforce, Education, Public Outreach, and Communication (WEPOC).

UC graduate students and postdoctoral researchers participated in the first TMT international training workshop, “Preparing TMT Future Science and Technology Leaders.” UC workshop participants included Adam Tomczak (UC Davis), Alexander Rudy (UC Santa Cruz), Devin Chu (UCLA), Diana Powell (UC Santa Cruz), James Ryan (UCLA), Lu Shen (UC Davis), Marziye Jafariyanzani (UC Riverside), Nicholas Timmons (UC Irvine).