Senator Martin Heinrich visited the campus of New Mexico Tech today. He was accompanied by three staffers and his engineering background was in evidence as he asked insightful questions about the science of the interferometer. New Mexico Tech President Dr. Daniel Lopez, Vice Presidents Dr. Peter Gerity and Dr. Van Romero as well as MRO’s Program Director Dr. Ifan Payne, Project Scientist Dr. Michelle Creech-Eakman, and Instrument Development Engineer Alisa Shtromberg had the pleasure of presenting a video overview of Magdalena Ridge Observatory in general and the MRO Interferometer in particular.
The Senator enjoyed lunch while exploring the new engineering smart lab in Cramer where he used the the Samsung surface computer table to examine satellite images of the Observatory following which he was presented with a scale freshly printed 3D model of the telescope.
Check out the video presentation the Senator watched: