Past Event

Gary Sanders - Thirty Meter Telescope

April 8, 2019
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Pupin Hall Theory Center, 8th Floor

Title: The Thirty Meter Telescope: A Next Generation Optical/Infrared Giant Telescope and Perspectives on Global Projects, Impacts on Native Cultures and the US Extremely Large Telescope Program

Abstract: The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will provide unprecedented light collection and diffraction-limited resolution for discovery class astronomy and exoplanet science. Using the filled-aperture, finely segmented primary mirror technology pioneered by the Keck telescopes, TMT will operate at first light with laser guidestar assisted multi-conjugate adaptive optics. TMT is being constructed by a global partnership of Canada, China, India, Japan, California Institute of Technology and the University of California. The preferred TMT location is on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, a superb site for optical/infrared astronomy. Native Hawaiian opposition to activities on Mauna Kea has delayed on-site construction of TMT but these challenges have been denied by the Hawaii Supreme Court. On-site construction is expected to commence this year. TMT, together with the Giant Magellan Telescope to be constructed in Chile, and the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory is preparing a joint program, the US Extremely Large Telescope Program (USELTP) for consideration by the National Academy decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics.

About the speaker

Gary Sanders is an accomplished manager of scientific mega-projects, experimental physicist with more than 200 scientific publications including the first detection of gravitational waves and of radiation from binary black holes, research manager, consultant on managing large high technology and science projects, and on proposing, developing and assessing large projects, lecturer on managing mega-projects.

Gary's specialties include: Defining scientific requirements, technical requirements, system engineering, project design engineering, cost estimating, schedule development, earned value and performance measurement, project change control, project and stakeholder culture, project governance, adaptation of best practices to new communities and project types.

More details on Gary's research can be found here.