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William O’Mullane, took on the role of Project Manager for the LSST Data Management (DM) effort on April 1, 2017. In this role, he will leads a distributed team of over 100 professionals to the successful delivery of the DM system. This includes the stewardship of LSST DM’s technical and scientific vision, as well as responsibility for the overall execution, quality, and timeliness of all DM construction activities. Since 2018 he is also the deputy project manager for software.
William has degrees in Computer Science as well as a PhD in Physics and has worked on space science projects since 1996 when he assisted with the production of the Hipparcos CDROMS for the European Space Agency. From 2000-2005 he worked at STScI/JHU on developing the US National Virtual Observatory (NVO) and then on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. In August 2005 he rejoined the European Space Agency as Gaia Science Operations Development Manager to lead the European Space Astronomy Centre development effort for Gaia and work with the Data Processing and Analysis Consortium to produce the Gaia catalogue.
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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