The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Corporation

Pat Eliason Selected as Executive Officer for LSSTC

On behalf of David MacFarlane, Board Chair

Dear Colleagues: I am pleased to inform you that Patricia Eliason, currently with the National Solar Observatory (NSO), has accepted an offer as the LSSTC Executive Officer with a start date of September 29. The Board envisions that the Executive Officer, working in close coordination with Steve Kahn, the LSST Director, will be a key part of LSSTC’s strategy of supporting science and science preparations with LSST, raising private funding to help realize our ambitions in these activities, and concluding agreements with international partners for contributions during the operational phase of LSST.

Patricia will bring considerable experience, organizational skill and enthusiasm to the Executive Office role. During her tenure at NSO she served as the Project Manager for the Global Oscillations Network Group (GONG), Support Facilities & Buildings Engineer for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), and Relocation Manager for NSO’s Headquarters relocation to the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. Prior to her seventeen years with NSO, Patricia was involved in a number of JPL planetary missions, among them Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Cassini, and NASA’s Landsat missions. She developed and managed two prominent image processing facilities at the University of Arizona, LPL, Planetary Image Research Laboratory (PIRL), and the University of Colorado, CIRES, Earth Science & Observation Center (ESOC). Patricia was engaged in a wide-ranging collection of research activities with a focus on the use of remote sensing data, numerical analysis, and theoretical modeling, and she served as a United Nations technical consultant in digital image processing and remote sensing.  Patricia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona.  Patricia has been the recipient of the AURA Individual Service Award, USGS Graduate Fellowship Award, USGS Individual Achievement Award, and NASA’s Group Achievement Award for the Viking Mission to Mars.

I hope you will join the Executive Board in welcoming Patricia in her new role of Executive Officer as part of the strategy for positioning LSSTC as an ongoing full partner in the successful scientific exploitation of the LSST facility.

David MacFarlane
Chair, LSSTC Board


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