Get to Know Gemini! Andrea Blank

Get to Know Gemini is a series of blog posts aimed to highlight the different careers, backgrounds, and types of people contributing to Gemini Observatory and its science.

Name:  Andrea Blank

What is your current position and at which telescope?

Senior Project Coordinator, Gemini South

In four lines or less, explain what you do as part of the Gemini Observatory team?

I have several things that I do: I provide Project Coordinator support for large Instrumentation Projects, support staff at Gemini South with project portfolio, project methodology, Project Management Knowledge Base and resource management related questions. I am also a Project Manager for smaller Operations or PMO projects.

How long have you worked for Gemini?

Just over 3 years

What drew you to this job?

The opportunity to use my skill set in a different field of work (my background is in the hospitality and events industry) and working in a different country with an international community.

What is the best part of your job?

The people I work with and the view from the telescope when my work takes me up Cerro Pachón

Where are you originally from/where did you grow up?

I’m German but grew up in Surrey, England

What skill do you think is most important to know for your job?

Good organization skills and knowing how to deal with and communicate with people

Why is astronomy important?

It is humbling. It makes us aware of our place within the universe and that we should consider ourselves fortunate to call earth our home.

What is your favorite movie?

Billy Elliot

What is the latest book you have read?

Becoming, by Michele Obama

What three albums would you bring with you to a desert island?

‘Travel the World with Putumayo’ by Putumayo, ‘Lifted’ by the Lighthouse Family and one of my compilation CDs from the early 2000s

What is one hobby of yours?


Favorite beverage?

Sparkling water with a slice of lemon

Check back next month to learn more about the staff that help Gemini to explore the Universe and share its wonders!

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