GMTO is quickly growing as we prepare to enter the construction phase of the project. Here are some of our newest team members.
Ed Moses joined GMTO as President of the organization. A former Principal Associate Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Moses led the development of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the largest optical and laser project ever constructed.
“I look forward to applying my experience in large science and cutting-edge technology projects to the leadership role in the GMTO. The project has a great team of scientists and engineers in a powerful collaboration of world-leading institutions,” said Moses. “This is a tremendous opportunity for me to take part in a revolutionary telescope project and scientific community that will change the nature of our understanding of the cosmos.” Read our press release announcing his appointment here.
Scott Horner is an astrophysicist with experience building instruments for both ground and space-based observatories, including the James Webb Space Telescope. He recently joined GMTO as the Lead Systems Engineer for the project, which means he is responsible for the technical performance of the observatory.
Jeff Morgan recently joined GMTO as the Primary Mirror (M1) Systems Lead, responsible for managing and monitoring the M1 fabrication, along with the mirror cell supports and thermal systems controls. Morgan developed Multi-Anode Microchannel Array (MAMA) detectors, complex photon-counting imaging detectors that are still in use today at the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS). He has also served as telescope engineer at the Manastash Ridge Observatory (MRO) and as lead telescope engineer for the Pan-STARRS Project.
Marti Pi has worked at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and also at the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC), where he participated in the specification, design, construction, and commissioning of this large telescope. He lead the control group for five years and, during this period, the project obtained first light and started the telescope science operation. Pi joins GMTO as a software engineer, participating in the design and implementation of different parts of the GMT control system.
As Scheduling and Budget Analyst, Nune Boyadjian supports the project controls office and works for the CFO in the capacity of project budgeting and scheduling, finance and equity forecasting, developing and maintaining project financial reporting, contract analysis, board reviews, and ad hoc analysis for the CFO. Boyadjian has over ten years of experience in project financial accounting, planning and analysis, cost and earned value modeling, and contract management, including for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL/NASA).
Eric Pearce joins GMTO as the Telescope Group Lead. He was the Associate Group Leader of the Optical Engineering Group in the Engineering Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the Technical Lead and Program Manager of the DARPA 3.5m Space Surveillance Telescope (SST) Program. Pearce has over 24 years of experience developing automated astronomical telescopes for satellite tracking and near Earth asteroid surveys.
Kayla Hardie worked at Gemini Observatory in Chile for 3.5 years in the Systems Engineering group supporting instrumentation and observatory projects; her primary focus was on the Gemini Planet Imager project. She joins GMTO as Systems Engineer Associate, working primarily with the Configurations Management Team.