People

Adam Bolton

Adam Bolton

Adam Bolton is the Associate Director for the NOAO System Science and Data Center, which encompasses the NOAO Data Lab as well as other programs. He came to NOAO in December 2015 from the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah, where he played a leading role in the data management efforts of the SDSS and DESI projects. He received his Ph.D. in 2005 from MIT. His research interests are in observational cosmology, massive galaxy evolution, and gravitational lensing.

Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike Fitzpatrick

Mike is a Principal Software Systems Engineer at NOAO and is the Data Lab Lead Developer. Mike joined NOAO in 1988 as part of the IRAF Project. During his subsequent NOAO career, he has been involved in a wide range of observatory projects involving data analysis, acquisition and transport, and Virtual Observatory application development. ( fitz@noao.edu)

Matthew Graham

Matthew Graham

Matthew is a research scientist in the Data Lab group at NOAO and a Senior Computational Scientist in the Center for Data-Driven Discovery at Caltech. He works on the application of advanced computer science and statistics methodologies to data intensive science problems, particularly in astronomy and genomics. He has been heavily involved in the Virtual Observatory effort for over a decade and is interested in the statistical characterization of time domain data sets, particularly quasars. In his spare time, he sings and studies dead languages. ( graham@noao.edu)

Lijuan (Wendy) Huang

Wendy Huang

Wendy is a Senior Software Engineer in the Data Lab group at NOAO. She received her Master’s degree in Computer and Information Technology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She worked as a software engineer in industry for several years after her graduation, before joining NOAO in April 2016. Wendy brought with her expertise in data mining, data visualization, and machine learning techniques. She built the Data Lab Data Discovery tool after just a few weeks on the job. In her spare time, she likes to play table tennis and badminton, and to go hiking. ( huang@noao.edu)

Stephanie Juneau

Stephanie Juneau

Stephanie joined the NOAO Data Lab team as a staff scientist, coming from a staff scientist position at CEA Saclay in France. She received her PhD in astronomy from the University of Arizona in 2011 under the supervision of NOAO’s Mark Dickinson. Her research interests are focused on the evolution of galaxies and supermassive black holes across cosmic time. She brings to the Data Lab team a wealth of experience and ideas in developing and applying new methods for turning large survey data sets into scientific knowledge. ( juneau@noao.edu)

David Nidever

David Nidever

David Nidever is an Associate Scientist at NOAO and is a Survey Data Scientist in the Data Lab group. His research interests are galaxy formation and evolution, the Milky Way and its satellites, large photometric and spectrosopic surveys as well as software development. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Virginia in 2009 where he studied the stellar and gaseous components of the Magellanic system. David also played an important role in the SDSS / APOGEE spectroscopic survey of the Milky Way, writing the data reduction pipeline and using the survey data to gain insight into the chemical structure and evolution of our galaxy. David is the Principal Investigator of the SMASH (Survey of the MAgellanic Stellar History) DECam survey of the Magellanic Clouds. ( dnidever@noao.edu)

Robert Nikutta

Robert Nikutta

Robert joined the NOAO Data Lab team as a staff scientist. Before joining, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) in Santiago, Chile. He received his PhD in astronomy from the University of Kentucky in 2012. Robert’s research interests are in the study of the structure of active galactic nuclei through a combination of theoretical, computational, statistical, and multi-wavelength observational methods. Driven by this research, he has developed a broad technical skill set that will be a great asset to the Data Lab team. ( nikutta@noao.edu)

Pat Norris

Pat is a Test Engineer at NOAO and is a member of the Data Lab team. His project for NOAO have included testing for the Virtual Astronomical Observatory and, most recently, testing duties for the NOAO Science Archive. Previously, he worked on defense and commercial software projects. In his spare time, he helps his family with raising goats and works on a small collection of vehicles.

Knut Olsen

Knut Olsen

Knut is an Associate Astronomer at NOAO and is the Data Lab Project Scientist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1998, after which he spent eight years at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in La Serena, Chile. During his time in Chile, he saw the Magellanic Clouds with his own eyes, and has dedicated his research to understanding their stellar populations and those of other galaxies ever since. He is a leading co-I of the SMASH project, a prototype dataset for the Data Lab. ( kolsen@noao.edu)

Steve Ridgway

Steve Ridgway

Stephen Ridgway is an NOAO astronomer with experience in spectroscopy, and interferometry. He collaborated with LSST staff during the development phase, particularly the schedule simulation activity. Presently he works with the Data Lab group, and is a frequent participant in LSST community science activities.

Adam Scott

Adam Scott

Adam began working in software over 30 years ago as a programmer. He joined NOAO in 2017 as a Database Architect, bringing over a decade of DBMS administration and development experience, including nearly 5 years in brain and mind research and many years in multiple roles at several Fortune 500 companies. In his spare time he attempts making tasty naan.( adam.c.scott@gmail.com)

Peter L. Wargo

Peter L. “Pete” Wargo

Pete is the Sr. Systems Administrator for Data Management Operations and the Data Lab. He joined NOAO in 2016, bringing over 25 years of experience in systems administration, high-performance computing, data center management, and hardware/software design. Previous employers include the National Center for Genome Resources, where he designed a supercomputing center for genomics; Sun Microsystems as part of the high-end engineering team; and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute serving as the first Manager of Information Systems for the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre (EMPAC). He is a 1990 graduate of Clarkson University. ( wargo@noao.edu)