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Governance

Board of Governors

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Edward Stone (ex officio)
David Morrisroe Professor of Physics/Vice Provost for Special Projects
Caltech
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Diana Jergovic
Vice President for Strategy Implementation
Caltech
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B Thomas Soifer
Harold Brown Professor of Physics, Emeritus; Director, Spitzer Science Center
Caltech
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Jonas Zmuidzinas
Merle Kingsley Professor of Physics; Director, Caltech Optical Observatories
Caltech
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Donald Brooks
Chair, ACURA Institutional Council; Professor
University of British Columbia
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Greg Fahlman
General Manager
NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics
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Kim Venn
Professor
University of Victoria
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Zhao Gang
Professor of Astrophysics/Board Director
National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences/TMT-China
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Mao Shude
Professor of Astrophysics
Tsinghua University/NAOC/TMT-China
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Xue Suijian
Deputy Director General/TMT-China Project manager
National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences /TMT-China
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Praveer Asthana
Scientist-G and Head, Mega Science Programme
Department of Science & Technology, New Delhi The Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
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A.N. Ramaprakash
Associate Programme Director
India TMT Coordination Center (ITCC)
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B Eswar Reddy
Programme Director
India TMT Coordination Center (ITCC)
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Satoru Iguchi
NAOJ Vice Director General
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
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Saku Tsuneta
Director General of NAOJ
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
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Tomonori Usuda
Professor
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) / TMT-J
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Michael Bolte
Associate Director for TMT/Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of California Observatories/UC Santa Cruz
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Nathan Brostrom (Treasurer)
Executive Vice President, Business Operations
University of California
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Henry T Yang (Chair)
Chancellor
University of California, Santa Barbara

Science Advisory Committee

The Science Advisory Committee (SAC) is a committee of the Thirty-Meter Telescope International Observatory LLC (TIO) Board of Directors. The SAC is an advisory committee, representing the scientific interests of the TIO Members, including making recommendations to the Board regarding science priorities and instrumentation.

The SAC is composed of regular members and ex-officio members who are appointed by the Board of Governors of the TMT International Observatory (TIO). Each Member may nominate up to three representatives to serve as regular SAC members plus one ex-officio member who is also a member of the Board. Each Associate may nominate up to three representatives to serve as regular SAC members and one ex-officio member who also participates on the TIO Board as defined in that Associate’s Memorandum of Agreement. During the term of the TMT sublease with University of Hawaii, University of Hawaii may nominate one representative to serve as a regular member of the SAC. In addition, the Project Scientist is an ex-officio member of the SAC. The SAC may recommend to the Chairperson of the Board nominations for SAC membership. Non-voting observers to the SAC from entities considering joining TMT may be approved by the Governing Board.

SAC Charter

The SAC co-chairs meet biweekly by telephone. Meetings of the complete SAC normally occurs 4 times per year.

SAC responsibilities include:

  • With the Project Scientist, establish and maintain the top-level science requirements of the observatory. These are embodied in the Science-based Requirements Document (SRD) and follow from the scientific capabilities requested by the TMT partner communities.
  • Assist the TMT project team with the translation of the SRD requirements into technical requirements. Work with the project to resolve differences or inconsistencies between the SRD and project Observatory Requirements Documents.
  • Develop and maintain a scientific strategic plan. This plan will identify and describe key TMT scientific capabilities.
  • Advise the Board on the selection of TMT instrument concepts, including adaptive optics, for further study and ultimately on the selection of instruments and adaptive optics systems to be built.
  • Provide science-based advice to the Board, the Observatory Director, the Project Scientist and, during the construction phase, to the Project Manager. During the operational phase, provide advice regarding all scientific aspects of operations and provide regular assessments of the scientific productivity and operational efficiency of the observatory.
  • Act as a liaison with the TMT partner communities regarding science requirements, prioritization of capabilities and operations modes. Work to engage and inform the communities about the capabilities and scientific potential of the observatory.
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Judith Cohen
Kate Van Nuys Page Professor of Astronomy
Caltech
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Chris Martin
Professor of Physics
Caltech
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B Thomas Soifer
Harold Brown Professor of Physics, Emeritus; Director, Spitzer Science Center
Caltech
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Charles (Chuck) Steidel (Chair)
Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astronomy
Caltech
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Roberto Abraham
University of Toronto
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Timothy Davidge
National Research Council of Canada - Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (NRC-HIA)
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Stanimir Metchev
University of Western Ontario
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Kim Venn
Professor
University of Victoria
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Gregory Herczeg
The Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University (KIAA-PKU)
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Hao Lei
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
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Eric Peng
Peking University
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Xue Suijian
Deputy Director General/TMT-China Project manager
National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences /TMT-China
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Fang Taotao
Xiamen University
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Shashi Bhushan Pandey
Aryabhatta Research Institute of observational scienceES (ARIES)
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Srianand Raghunathan
Professor
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics IUCAA
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B Eswar Reddy
Programme Director
India TMT Coordination Center (ITCC)
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Sivarani Thirupati
Associate Professor
Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bengaluru
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Masayuki Akiyama
Tohoku University
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Mitsuhiko Honda
Kurume University
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Norio Narita
Assistant Professor
Tokyo University
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Masaomi Tanaka
Tohoku University
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Tomonori Usuda
Professor
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) / TMT-J
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Michael Bolte
Associate Director for TMT/Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
University of California Observatories/UC Santa Cruz
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Lori Lubin
UC, Davis
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Tommaso Treu
UCLA
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Ian Dell'Antonio
Brown University
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Mark Dickinson
NOAO
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Karen Meech
University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
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Catherine Pilachowski
Indiana University
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Len Cowie
University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy