Joe earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1994 (in physics and chemistry of nearby star forming regions). Since then, his career has been dedicated to the development and enhancement of new astronomical facilities. He worked at Steward Observatory on the commissioning of the Heinrich Hertz Telescope. Joe worked at NRAO for 14 years, where he first went astray from science and into science management, supporting and then leading the effort to develop a data analysis package for NRAO instruments. While at NRAO, he moved to Chile to lead the Assembly, Integration and Verification effort for ALMA and then lead the commissioning effort for the (then) EVLA (now the JVLA) and its early operations. In 2011 Joe became the Project Manager for DKIST which will be the world’s largest solar telescope upon completion.
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