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Maxime Boccas
Associate Director Development
mboccas@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205643

Development
La Serena, CL
Maxime started his career in astronomy working with stellar interferometry teams in France and then the Antarctica site testing project with the University of New South Wales in Australia. He joined AURA in 1998 as the optical engineer at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory where he worked on a broad range of optical systems including active optics, coatings, seeing monitors, and optical design. He joined the optical systems group at Gemini in 2001 to develop and implement the protected silver coating process. He has served as the group leader and GeMS project manager until 2011. He obtained a degree of Industrial Engineering from Ecole des Mines d'Ales in France with a specialization in opto-mechanics and optoelectronics, a Master in Business Administration from IEDE and the project manager professional certification from the PMI.
Scot Kleinman
Head of Instrumentation Program
kleinman@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2618

Development - Instrumentation
Hilo, US
Scot Kleinman joined us in 2007, most recently from the Subaru Telescope where he was the Instrument Division Chief. Prior, he served as the Site Science Manager/Deputy Head of Survey Operations for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey throughout the original SDSS survey. He has been the Associate Director of the Whole Earth Telescope and still sits on its board. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1995. Besides astronomical instruments, his research interests include variable objects, white dwarf stars, and large-scale surveys.
Chad Trujillo
Head of AO Group
trujillo@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2566

Development - Adaptive Optics
Hilo, US
Chad Trujillo is an Astronomer at Gemini Observatory in Hilo. He obtained a BS in Physics from MIT in 1995 and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii in 2000. After work as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech he joined Gemini in 2003. At Gemini, he has been involved in the science operation of the Adaptive Optics system (Altair) guiding with both natural stars and laser beacons. His research interests include the Kuiper Belt, the solar system, star and planet formation and extrasolar planets. His recent work includes co-discovery and surface measurements of several of the largest Kuiper Belt Objects including the so-called "10th Planet", and co-discovery of the first high inclination Neptune trojan asteroid.
Gustavo Arriagada
Project Manager
garriagada@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2649

Development - Instrumentation
La Serena, CL
Gustavo Arriagada received his degree in Electronics Engineering at Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (Chile) in 1981. He worked 4 years for "EL MERCURIO" the most important newspaper in Chile as an Assistant Engineer. In 1987 he joined Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory where he worked for 10 years in Operations and Maintenance as an electronic engineer. In 1987 Gustavo joined Gemini. Him and his family moved to Hawaii for two years to participate in the integration, testing and commissioning of the GN telescope as an electronic engineer. In 1999 Gustavo was back in Chile to start working on the integration, testing and commissioning of the GS telescope, this time as Systems Engineer. Between September 2006 and May 2007 Gustavo became Acting Associate Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer. Gustavo became Associate Director of Engineering/Chief Engineer in June 2007 remaining in that position until June 2011. Currently he is a Senior Project Manager in the Development Group.
Aaron Bannister
Science Intern
abannist@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2597

Development - Instrumentation
Hilo, US
Luc Boucher
Electronics & Detector Engineer
lboucher@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2511

Development - Instrumentation
Hilo, US
Madeline Close
Systems Engineer Manager
mclose@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974 2610

Development - Systems
Hilo, US
Martin Cordova
Systems Technician
mcordova@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205632

Development - Systems
La Serena, CL
Vincent Garrel
AO Science Fellow
vgarrel@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205784

Development - Adaptive Optics
La Serena, CL
Patricio Gonzalez
Applications Developer
pgonzale@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205771

Development - Systems
La Serena, CL
Stephen Goodsell
Project Manager
sgoodsell@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2584

Development
Hilo, US
Stephen obtained his PhD from University of Durham in Optimization of NAOMI RTCS. Before coming to Gemini, he served as the Project Manager of the Centre for Advance Instrumentation at the University of Durham, UK. His varied background includes experience as an Instrumentation Manager, Software Engineer, and Research Scientist and he has worked for the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes in La Palma, the University College of London, and DERA in the UK.
Kevin Hanna
Detector Engineer
khanna@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2637

Development
Hilo, US
Kayla Hardie
Systems Technician
khardie@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205658

Development - Systems
La Serena, CL
Markus Hartung
Scientist
mhartung@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205664

Development - Adaptive Optics
La Serena, CL
Markus Hartung is an Associate Scientist located at Gemini South. For his Ph.D. thesis, he worked on NAOS-CONICA, which became the first adaptive-optics facility instrument at the VLT. After a year (2000) at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, preparing the diffraction-limited near-infrared camera CONICA for its integration with the adaptive-optics system NAOS, he went to Paris (CNRS/Observatoire Paris-Meudon) and eventually accompanied the instrument to Chile until its "First Light". He received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg in 2003 and returned to the VLT as an ESO fellow. In mid-2007, he joined Gemini to work on the AO aspects within NICI and MCAO. His present research focuses on high-contrast imaging and the study of solar system objects (i.e., Titan) with adaptive optics.
Thomas Hayward
Scientist
thayward@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205619

Development - Adaptive Optics
La Serena, CL
Tom Hayward is an Associate Scientist at Gemini South. He obtained a Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Wyoming in 1989, and was a Senior Research Associate at Cornell University before joining Gemini in 2000. At Gemini, Tom was the T-ReCS instrument scientist from 2000 to 2004, and has been the NICI instrument scientist since 2004. Tom's research interests are in the areas of mid-infrared imaging and spectroscopy of star-forming regions, circumstellar disks, and comets, in order to study properties of their dust and gas.
David Henderson
Project Manager
dhenders@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2514

Development
Hilo, US
Paul Hirst
Associate Scientist
phirst@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2630

Development - Adaptive Optics
Hilo, US
Paul Hirst obtained a Physics degree from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Radio Astronomy at Jodrell Bank, and a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Leicester in 2000. At that point he took up a support astronomer position at the UK Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, where amongst other things he commissioned the UKIRT Wide Field Camera (WFCAM) being used to carry out the UKIRT Infrared Deep Sky Survey (UKIDSS). He moved the short distance to Gemini in 2006 to take up the position of Data Flow Project Scientist. His research interests include Active Galactic Nuclei and the high redshift universe.
Olivier Lai
AO Scientist
olai@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2609

Development - Adaptive Optics
Hilo, US
Olivier Lai is an Adaptive Optics Scientist jointly at Gemini North and at Subaru Telescope. Olivier obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London in 1991 before earning a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and Space Science from Paris University in 1996. The thesis subject was the integration and first light of the CFHT curvature AO system PUEO. He was the first post-doc at the W.M. Keck Observatory in 1997, where he contributed to the integration and first light of the Keck II AO system in 1999. He then obtained a tenured CNRS position in France, to be stationed at CFHT where he developed high angular resolution concepts for 12 years in the fields of interferometry, high contrast AO and very wide field AO. Olivier joined Gemini and Subaru in March 2013 to explore the development of synergies in adaptive optics between these two observatories.
Manuel Lazo
Project Manager/Engineer
mlazo@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2508

Development - Instrumentation
Hilo, US
Rick Murowinski
Contractor
rmurowinski@gemini.edu
Development
Hilo, US
Miguel Petris
Project Planner
mpetris@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205754

Development
La Serena, CL
Naru Sadakuni
GPI Research Assitant
nsadakun@gemini.edu
Development - Instrumentation
La Serena, CL
Andrew Serio
Systems Engineer
aserio@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205621

Development - Systems
La Serena, CL
Andrew Serio is a System Support Associate at Gemini South Observatory in La Serena, Chile. He worked at Gemini North in Hilo, Hawaii from July 2007 until his transfer to Gemini South. He earned
his Bachelor of Arts in Geophysics from Boston University in 2004, and his Masters of Sciences in Astronomy from San Diego State University in 2007. His research has ranged from studying the
interaction between Io and the Jovian plasma torus to a CEGP transit survey of the Open Cluster NGC7142.
Eric Tollestrup
Sr. Development Program Scientist
etollest@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2511

Development
Hilo, US
Eric has been at the UH Institute for Astronomy (IfA) since 2003, where he has been the Deputy Director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). His research interests have included high-resolution studies of the Galactic Center, deep near infrared ground-based surveys of galaxies, galaxy number counts, ultra-deep surveys with Spitzer, 1 to 20 um studies of star formation region, speckle interferometry, adaptive optics, and telescope optics. He obtained a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD for the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1987.
Fabrice Vidal
AO Science Fellow
fvidal@gemini.edu
+56 (51) 2205784

Development - Adaptive Optics
La Serena, CL
Bozi Yordanov
Science Intern
byordano@gemini.edu
+1 (808) 974-2516

Development - Instrumentation
Hilo, US