LSST Director

Steven Kahn, LSST Director

Steven Kahn, LSST Director

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
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Tucson, AZ 85719
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Dr. Steven M. Kahn assumed the role of Director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project in July of 2013.  (AURA Press Release)  Kahn did his undergraduate work at Columbia College and graduated summa cum laude in 1975. He received his Ph.D. in physics from UC Berkeley in 1980. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 1980-82.

Kahn has previously served as the Associate Laboratory Director of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. He has also been the Chair of the Physics Department at Stanford and Columbia Universities, and the Director, Deputy Director, or Associate Director of major interdisciplinary research laboratories at three universities; the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford, the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory at Columbia, and the Space Sciences Laboratory at Berkeley. He has made significant contributions to X-ray astronomy, specifically with respect to high resolution X-ray spectroscopy of cosmic sources. He was the US Principal Investigator for the development of the Reflection Grating Spectrometer, which is currently flying on the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton Observatory.

Kahn is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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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