Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer (MSE) Project Office - Staff

Interim members of the Project Office team are seen here, including (right to left) Rick Murowinski, Alan McConnachie, and Derrick Salmon. Their collective expertise is helping the Project Office make progress in various areas in advance of filling Project Office positions with dedicated staff in the future.

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Project Manager - Rick Murowinski has had a varied career spanning a wide range of instrument and observatory projects, from Project Manager of the Gemini Multiobject Spectrographs through senior roles in the development of the Far Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph’s guider, JSWT’s Fine Guidance Sensor / Tunable Filter, and ultimately serving as Project Engineer through most of ALMA’s construction phase. Retirement was becoming quite satisfying, until the opportunity arose to work with CFHT and the MSE team on this exciting new adventure. Hailing from Victoria Canada, he’s now looking forward to establishing a solid set of project engineering and management structures and practices during the early months of the new MSE Project Office. Once this newest phase of the project is firmly underway and a new permanent Project Manager has been hired, well, that retirement in Victoria will still be beckoning!

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Project Scientist - Alan McConnachie received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge in 2005. After spending 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria, he moved to NRC Herzberg at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, first as a Plaskett Fellow and then as an Instrument Scientist within the Astronomy Technology Program. His astronomical research is centered around Galactic Archaeology and the study of the nearest galaxies. Among the facilities serving his research, CFHT is a major component, with Alan being the Principal Investigator of the Pan-Andromeda Archaeological Survey, a large program using MegaCam that ran from 2008 - 2011. He plays an active role in the development of astronomical instrumentation and facilities and, along with Pat Cote and David Crampton, he is one of the original founders of the MSE concept.

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Project Engineer - Derrick Salmon initially worked for the University of Toronto’s telescope on Las Campanas and later at CTIO in Chile and has been a resident in and around Waimea and on staff at CFHT since 1978 in a range of positions. He has held his current duties as Director of Engineering since 1996. He was project manager for the observatory’s Adaptive Optics Bonnette and for the early stages on a variety of instrument developments including Megaprime, WIRCam and most recently for the addition of vents to the observatory dome. The MSE project offers yet another exciting prospect for engaging the wide range of technical expertise of the CFHT community.