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Chuck Gessner, LSST Head of Safety

Chuck Gessner, LSST Head of Safety

Chuck (Charles) Gessner joined LSST as full-time Head of Safety in 2014, having acted as part-time safety manager since 2007 while employed by LSST partner National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO). He was instrumental in both recruiting experts to join the LSST Safety Council and in establishing the LSST safety program he now oversees. Chuck has more than 30 years of experience providing safety expertise, risk assessment, procedure development, training, and safety program management.  Prior to joining NOAO, Chuck served as head of safety for Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc. Giant Tire Division, and Magma Copper Company. In addition to his proficiency in program implementation, standards development, and compliance, Chuck has managed and mentored more than 40 respected safety and health professionals.

Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, 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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