Brian joined LSST in December of 2012 and in January of 2017 was promoted to the position of LSST Systems Engineering Manager. Along with the LSST Systems Scientist, Brian is responsible for leading and managing the Project Systems Engineering (PSE) team. The PSE team work includes maintaining and updating system specifications and interface control documents, developing and executing system verification and commissioning plans, and conducting project simulations to support system-wide integration and test activities.
Brian is a leader in the use of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) tools for modeling complex concepts including system architectures, logical and physical models, and interfaces. He is active with the Object Management Group, an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium responsible for the Systems Modeling Language standard used by the LSST SE team to conduct much of their work in a MBSE environment. He is also on the board of directors for the Southern Arizona chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).
Brian’s previous experience is in aerospace; he spent 10 years at several companies including Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, and Paragon Space Development Corporation working on the development of launch vehicles, rocket engines, and environmental control and life support systems.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Support Agreement No. 1202910, 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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