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2017 Preparing TMT Future Science and Technology Leaders: an annual workshop for graduate students and postdocs


Tuesday, August 22 through Tuesday, August 29, 2017 in Santa Cruz, California, USA

The Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory is hosting an 8-day workshop at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), co-sponsored by the University of California Observatories. The workshop will include talks by TMT leaders on topics such as project management, hands-on activities to engage in authentic engineering practices and instrument design strategies, and multiple activities to gain experience with teamwork and collaboration. Participants will tour Lick Observatory and the UCSC Laboratory for Adaptive Optics. We are looking for astronomy and engineering graduate students and post-doctoral researchers who are interested in helping us shape our international training program for scientists and engineers in the TMT collaboration.

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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
  • Visits to laboratory facilities supporting astronomical instrumentation
  • Opportunity to help design a potential future TMT international program


Confirmed workshop leaders & instructors (as of March 2017):

  • Gary Sanders, Project Manager, TMT
  • Luc Simard, Science Instruments Group Leader, TMT
  • Scott Roberts, Systems Engineering Group Leader, TMT
  • Hanne Buur, Software Group Leader, TMT
  • Warren Skidmore, Telescope Research Scientist, TMT
  • Renate Kupke, Adaptive Optics Project Scientist, University of California
  • Sandra Dawson, Manager of Hawaii Community Affairs, TMT
  • Lisa Hunter, Director, Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators
  • Megan Ansdell, Astrophysics Graduate Student, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Austin Barnes, Education & Workforce Development Program Manager, Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators


Participating Organizations:

  • Thirty Meter Telescope
  • University of California Observatories
  • Institute for Scientist and Engineer Educators