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The Rubin Observatory Observatory Team

The effort to build Rubin Observatory is a partnership between public and private organizations, which is actively being supported and developed by more than one hundred astronomers, physicists, and engineers spanning the globe. They see Rubin Observatory as the next big leap in charting the heavens and probing nature's mysteries as well as an exciting technological challenge and a new model for doing science with big data.


Rubin Observatory Director
Steven Kahn, AURA/Rubin Observatory & SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Rubin Observatory Deputy Director
Željko Ivezić, University of Washington

Chief Scientist
J. Anthony Tyson, University of California - Davis

Project Manager
Victor Krabbendam, AURA/Rubin Observatory

Project Scientist
Željko Ivezić, University of Washington

Project Controls Specialist
Kevin Long, AURA/Rubin Observatory

Communications Manager (Media Inquiries)
Ranpal Gill, AURA/Rubin Observatory

Safety Manager
Chuck Gessner, AURA/Rubin Observatory

Compliance & Quality Administrator
Veronica Kinnison, AURA/Rubin Observatory

Operations Leadership
Operations Director, Robert Blum, Rubin Observatory/NSF's NOIRLab
Deputy Director for Operations (NSF), Amanda Bauer, Rubin Observatory/NSF's NOIRLab
Deputy Director for Operations (DOE), Phil Marshall, SLAC

Senior Managers
Ranpal Gill, AURA/Rubin Observatory

Systems Engineering & Commissioning
Commissioning Manager, Chuck Claver, AURA/Rubin Observatory
DOE Scientist/Deputy, Kevin Reil, SLAC

Education & Public Outreach
Head of EPO, Lauren Corlies, AURA/Rubin Observatory

Project Manager, Vincent Riot, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Subsystem Scientist, Steve Ritz, University of California - Santa Cruz

Telescope & Site
Project Manager, Jeff Barr, AURA/Rubin Observatory
Subsystem Scientist, Sandrine Thomas, AURA/Rubin Observatory

Data Management
Project Manager, William O'Mullane, AURA/Rubin Observatory
Subsystem Scientist, Leanne Guy, AURA/Rubin Observatory

Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA).  The DOE-funded effort to build the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.   

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