People

Adam Bolton

Adam Bolton

Adam Bolton is the Associate Director for the Community Science and Data Center at NSF's NOIRLab, which encompasses the Astro Data Lab as well as other programs. He came to NOAO (now part of NOIRLab) 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 NOIRLab and is the Data Lab Lead Developer. Mike joined NOAO in 1988 as part of the IRAF Project. During his subsequent 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)

Wendy Huang

Wendy Huang

Wendy is a Senior Software Engineer in the Data Lab group at NOIRLab. 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 (now part of NOIRLab) in April 2016. Wendy brought with her expertise in data mining, data visualization, and machine learning techniques. In her spare time, she likes to play table tennis and badminton, and to go hiking. ( huang@noao.edu)

Alice Jacques

Alice Jacques

Alice joined the Astro Data Lab team as a Data Analyst in 2020 after completing her Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Louisville. She has expertise in extragalactic astronomy research and in Python programming. Alice is currently leading the review and curation of the Data Lab Jupyter Notebook Collection. Another area of specialty will be the Data Lab cross-matching capabilities, including the creation and maintenance of cross-matched tables with core reference datasets to enhance the scientific value of the Data Lab data holdings. She brings a combination of scientific, technical, and information synthesis skills. ( alice.jacques@noao.edu)

Stephanie Juneau

Stephanie Juneau

Stephanie is an associate astronomer at NOIRLab, and one of the scientists on the Astro Data Lab team. She joined in 2016, 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 the NOIRLab’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)

Robert Nikutta

Robert Nikutta

Robert joined NOAO (now part of NOIRLab) as a staff scientist. He is currently the Project Scientist for the Astro Data Lab science platform. Robert received his PhD in astronomy from the University of Kentucky in 2012, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) in Santiago, Chile. His 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, in Data Science, and in democratizing access to Big Data in astronomy. ( nikutta@noao.edu)

Steve Pothier

Steve Pothier

Steve has played with software nearly his whole life, most of it in science research and development. Trained in Computer Science, he has focused on tools in the boundary between science and engineering. He's written software on a 16,000 processor Connection Machine, a Brain Scanner interface, and invented a graph-theoretic framework used to recognize activity and objects it 2-4 dimension imagery. What little Steve knows about astronomy, he absorbed at NOAO. Somehow he muddles through. ( steve.pothier@noirloab.edu)

Adam Scott

Adam Scott

Adam began working in software over 30 years ago as a programmer. He joined NOAO (now part of NOIRLab) 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)

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