Catherine Pilachowski appointed community representative on the Thirty Meter Telescope Project

By Anna Maria Viterisi

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Catherine Pilachowski, a member of the faculty alliance of the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT), has been appointed by the National Science Foundation as a community representative on the Collaboration Board on the Thirty Meter Telescope Project. As a community representative, Pilachowski represents the interests of the United States astronomy research community. She works with the Collaboration Board to further the projects goal in a way that enables future federal participation. The project expects to start construction in 2014, and begin operation in the early 2020s.

Pilachowski joined Indiana University in 2001 as the inaugural Daniel Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy, where she teaches and conducts research on the evolution of stars in the Milky Way galaxy through observations of stars clusters. In June, Pilachowski was among the distinguished astronomers invited to speak at the 222nd meeting of the American Astronomy Society.

For more information about Dr. Pilachowski: http://www.astro.indiana.edu/faculty/pilachowski.shtml