Staff

 

 

Staff List by Alphabetical Order

Barteau, Elizabeth Information Specialist in Training
Elizabeth Barteau joined the MRO in January 2013. As an undergrad double majoring in Technical Communication and Civil Engineering, she spends her time at MRO working on web management, education & outreach work, fundraising efforts, media and social media development, content management, and anything else Alisa asks of her.
(575) 835 – 6806
Bloemhard, Heather NESSI Graduate Research Assistant
Heather Bloemhard staff photo
Heather Bloemhard joined the NESSI project under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Creech-Eakman in Fall 2010. As the graduate research assistant, she provides support for the design, coordinates the procurements, assists with assembly integration verification plans, and is developing a pipeline for reducing and calibrating the data collected from NESSI. She is also a PhD student in the NMT Physics department.
(575) 835 – 5548
Buscher, David Interferometer System Architect (Cambridge)
David Buscher staff photo
David Buscher helped to set up the collaboration between the University of Cambridge and New Mexico Tech to build the MROI in 2002. He is System Architect for MROI (jointly with Chris Haniff), responsible for the overall system design of the MROI and for technical oversight of the project. He is also a lecturer at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches physics and astronomy courses, and does research in optical interferometry and adaptive optics. Professional website
(575) 835 – 6964 (+44) (0)1223 337 302
Cervantes, Richard Deputy Principle Investigator - Finance / Associate Vice President R&ED
Richard Cervantes staff photo
NMT Associate VP R&ED responsible for the Administrative Affairs of R&ED to include: budget preparation, fiscal and project management, proposal development, contract negotiation, start-up activity and commercialization of intellectual property. Masters of Science Degree, from the University of North Texas and a Certified Public Accountant. Thirty year’s experience in Higher Education Administration.
(575) 835 – 5646
Creech-Eakman, Michelle Interferometer Project Scientist/NESSI Principal Investigator
Michelle Creech-Eakman staff photo
Michelle Creech-Eakman is an Associate Professor of Physics at NMT and has been the Project Scientist for MROI since 2003.  She also serves on several panels and organizing committees including those for SPIE, NASA and NSF. Professional webite
(575) 835 – 6756
(575) 835 – 5809
DiBartolomeo, Patrick Site Electrician
Pat DiBartolomeo staff photo
Patrick Di Bartolomeo joined the MRO in 2010. He works on the ridge at Magdalena ridge observatory as the Lead Electrician and Facilities Management at the BCF.
(575) 517 – 7457
Edwards, Mary Administrative Secretary II
Mary Edwards joined MRO in September of 2012. She insures the efficient, smooth and orderly operation of the MRO administrative office and serves as point of contact for incoming calls, visitors. She has buyer duties include pricing, purchasing, training and providing all duties associated with the Banner System for generation of requisitions, change order, purchase orders, financial reports, etc and is available daily to perform all duties as assigned by the MRO staff, or as needed.
(575) 835 – 6431
Farris, Allen Interferometer Lead Software Controls
Allen Farris staff photo
Allen Farris joined MRO in 2009 from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), where he worked on the control system of the VLA and the high-level architecture, control system, and scheduling systems of ALMA. As the leader of the Control and Software Systems group he is in charge of all software and computer systems that control the Interferometer.
(575) 835 – 6645
Grey, Prescott 2.4-meter Telescope Systems Lead Consultant
Prescott Grey staff photo
Prescott Grey joined MRO in 2010. As the Telescope Systems Lead Consultant, Prescott contributes to the effective maintenance and optimization of the 2.4-meter Telescope engineering systems, including the dome and weather/sky monitoring instruments. His work includes upgrading current technical systems as well as designing and implementing new systems and equipment.
(575) 835 – 6312
Haniff, Chris Interferometer System Architect (Cambridge)
Chris Haniff staff photo
Chris Haniff heads the Optical Interferometry sub-group at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK and has worked on the MROI since 2002 when New Mexico Tech’s collaboration with the University of Cambridge to develop an ambitious optical/infrared imaging interferometer was initiated. Together with David Buscher, he is one of the two System Architects for the MROI, responsible for its overall system design and oversight of its technical delivery. He is a Professor of Physics at the Cavendish and is a fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. Professional website
(575) 835 – 6964  (+44) (0)1223 337 307
Klinglesmith, Dan Interferometer Support Scientist / E&PO Coordinator
Daniel Klinglesmith staff photo
Daniel Klinglesmith joined MRO in February 2000. He is responsible for monitoring the MRO ridge environment via remote weather stations, allsky cameras and seismographs. He also monitors the conditions within the beam combining facility and works with the delay line team. He is responsible for education and outreach through lectures, classes and star parties at the Etscorn Campus Observatory.
(575) 835 – 6802
Love, Heidi Technician III
Napolitano, Matt NESSI Undergraduate Research Assistant
staff photo Matt Napolitano
Matthew Napolitano joined MRO in 2011. He is working under Luke Schmidt writing control software for NESSI. He is also currently working on his B.S. in both Mathematics and Physics at NMT.
(575) 835 – 5328
Olivares, Andres Interferometer Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer
Andres Olivares staff photo
Andres Olivares joined MRO in 2007 from NOAO/CTIO of Chile. As an Opto-Mechanical Engineer he is the sub-project lead for the Beam Relay System  and Unit Telescope Mount. He is also responsible for designing and assisting of major opto-mechanical subsystem for the Interferometer; supervise external contracts and purchases related to opto-mechanical effort. He is also an opto-mechanical engineer for NESSI in collaboration with NASA/JPL.
(575) 835 – 6758
Payne, Ifan Program Director
Ifan Payne staff photo
Ifan Payne joined MRO in 2003 from the University of New Mexico. As Site Project Manager he oversaw the development of the Observatory site on Magdalena Ridge until his appointment in 2009 as Readiness and Implementation Manager during which period his principal role was that of MROI Project Manager. He was appointed MRO Program Director in April, 2010. Personal website  
(575) 835 – 6808
Pino, Juan Equipment Operator
Juan Pino staff photo
Juan Pino joined MRO in 2006. He works as the heavy equipment operator on the ridge.
(575) 518 – 8077
Riker, James Laboratory Assistant
Staff Photo of James Riker
James Riker joined MRO in August of 2012 as an incoming freshmen in the Physics Department at New Mexico Tech. James assists with instrumentation efforts on the MROI project.
Rochelle, Sam Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sam Rochelle staff photo
Sam Rochelle joined MRO in December of 2012. As an undergraduate at New Mexico Tech, Sam works as a computer programmer for MRO, specifically on controls and software development for the instrument development group to support hardware and software integration.
Romero, Van Principal Investigator of MRO/Vice President of R&ED, NMT
Van Romero staff photo
(575) 835 – 5646
Ryan, Eileen Director, 2.4-meter Telescope
Eileen Ryan staff photo
Eileen Ryan joined MRO in 2002. As Director of the 2.4-meter Telescope, Dr. Ryan manages its technical, financial, and operational activities, and leads the development of scientific and military initiatives. She is the Principal Investigator of a NASA-funded Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) program and Co-Principal Investigator (with William Ryan) of an NSF-funded program to determine spin rates of NEOs.
(575) 835 – 6803
Ryan, William 2.4-meter Telescope Scientist
William Ryan staff photo
William Ryan joined MRO in 2003. As Research Scientist for the  2.4-meter Telescope, Dr. Ryan conducts observationally-based research on objects in the Solar System (both natural and artificial), and provides scientific support for planning and development. He also tests/monitors the performance of the telescope, camera instruments, and software, and contributes to their improvement via new designs and approaches.
(575) 835 – 6646
Salcido, Chris Interferometer Opto-Mechanical Engineer
Chris Salcido staff photo
Chris Salcido joined MRO in 2007 as an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at New Mexico Tech (NMT) and became a full time Mechanical Engineer after graduating with his B.S. degree in 2008.  He is currently the lead engineer for the Vacuum System.
(575) 835 – 6947
Schmidt, Luke NESSI Postdoctoral Fellow
Luke Schmidt staff photo
(575) 835 – 5464
Stanley, Mike Interim Project Manager
Mike Stanley joined MRO May of 2013 from New Mexico Tech‘s EMRTC.  He is working with the 2.4-meter telescope and the Interferometer Directors, managing projects.  He is also also managing the construction of the new Visitor Center/Maintenance Facility on the ridge.
(575) 835 – 6885
Trueblood, Jacob Network Administrator
Jacob Trueblodd Photo
Jacob Trueblood joined the MRO in November 2013. Jacob provides IT support and maintains/fixes the network at the ROB and the ridge.
Wallace-Keck, Craig Lead Maintenance Technician, 2.4-meter Telescope
Craig Wallace-keck
Craig Wallace-keck joined MRO in 2002. As the Lead Maintenance Technician for the 2.4-meter Telescope facility, Craig is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the building and support structures and provides technical support to the 2.4-m staff and research customers visiting and working at the facility.
(575) 835 – 6887

Miscellaneous Numbers

2.4 Meter Telescope Control Room At the observatory site (575) 835 – 6771
2.4 Meter Telescope Dome At the observatory site (575) 835 – 6787
2.4 Meter Telescope Elevator E911 At the observatory site (575) 835 – 7972
Large Conference Room Conference Room 101 (575) 835 – 5042
Mini-Conference Room Conference Room 153 (575) 835 – 6809
FAX (575) 835 – 6807
Facilities, Site & Infrastructure Trailer At the observatory site (575) 835 – 7975
Interferometer Beam Combining Facility At the observatory site (575) 835 – 7808
Optics Lab Workman Lab 195-197 (575) 835 – 5107

 

Staff List by Program

Principal Investigators

Cervantes, Richard Deputy Principle Investigator - Finance / Associate Vice President R&ED
Richard Cervantes staff photo
NMT Associate VP R&ED responsible for the Administrative Affairs of R&ED to include: budget preparation, fiscal and project management, proposal development, contract negotiation, start-up activity and commercialization of intellectual property. Masters of Science Degree, from the University of North Texas and a Certified Public Accountant. Thirty year’s experience in Higher Education Administration.
(575) 835 – 5646
Romero, Van Principal Investigator of MRO/Vice President of R&ED, NMT
Van Romero staff photo
(575) 835 – 5646

 

Administration

Edwards, Mary Administrative Secretary II
Mary Edwards joined MRO in September of 2012. She insures the efficient, smooth and orderly operation of the MRO administrative office and serves as point of contact for incoming calls, visitors. She has buyer duties include pricing, purchasing, training and providing all duties associated with the Banner System for generation of requisitions, change order, purchase orders, financial reports, etc and is available daily to perform all duties as assigned by the MRO staff, or as needed.
(575) 835 – 6431
Payne, Ifan Program Director
Ifan Payne
Ifan Payne joined MRO in 2003 from the University of New Mexico. As Site Project Manager he oversaw the development of the Observatory site on Magdalena Ridge until his appointment in 2009 as Readiness and Implementation Manager during which period his principal role was that of MROI Project Manager. He was appointed MRO Program Director in April, 2010. Personal website  
(575) 835 – 6808
Ryan, Eileen Director, 2.4-meter Telescope
Eileen Ryan staff photo
Eileen Ryan joined MRO in 2002. As Director of the 2.4-meter Telescope, Dr. Ryan manages its technical, financial, and operational activities, and leads the development of scientific and military initiatives. She is the Principal Investigator of a NASA-funded Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) program and Co-Principal Investigator (with William Ryan) of an NSF-funded program to determine spin rates of NEOs.
(575) 835 – 6803
Stanley, Mike Interim Project Manager
Mike Stanley joined MRO May of 2013 from New Mexico Tech‘s EMRTC.  He is working with the 2.4-meter telescope and the Interferometer Directors, managing projects.  He is also also managing the construction of the new Visitor Center/Maintenance Facility on the ridge.
(575) 835 – 6885

 

2.4-meter Telescope

Grey, Prescott 2.4-meter Telescope Systems Lead Consultant
Prescott Grey staff photo
Prescott Grey joined MRO in 2010. As the Telescope Systems Lead Consultant, Prescott contributes to the effective maintenance and optimization of the 2.4-meter Telescope engineering systems, including the dome and weather/sky monitoring instruments. His work includes upgrading current technical systems as well as designing and implementing new systems and equipment.
(575) 835 – 6312
Ryan, Eileen Director, 2.4-meter Telescope
Eileen Ryan staff photo
Eileen Ryan joined MRO in 2002. As Director of the 2.4-meter Telescope, Dr. Ryan manages its technical, financial, and operational activities, and leads the development of scientific and military initiatives. She is the Principal Investigator of a NASA-funded Near-Earth Objects (NEOs) program and Co-Principal Investigator (with William Ryan) of an NSF-funded program to determine spin rates of NEOs.
(575) 835 – 6803
Ryan, William 2.4-meter Telescope Scientist
William Ryan staff photo
William Ryan joined MRO in 2003. As Research Scientist for the  2.4-meter Telescope, Dr. Ryan conducts observationally-based research on objects in the Solar System (both natural and artificial), and provides scientific support for planning and development. He also tests/monitors the performance of the telescope, camera instruments, and software, and contributes to their improvement via new designs and approaches.
(575) 835 – 6646
Wallace-Keck, Craig Lead Maintenance Technician, 2.4-meter Telescope
Craig Wallace-Keck staff photo
Craig Wallace-keck joined MRO in 2002. As the Lead Maintenance Technician for the 2.4-meter Telescope facility, Craig is responsible for the repair and maintenance of the building and support structures and provides technical support to the 2.4-m staff and research customers visiting and working at the facility.
(575) 835 – 6887

NESSI

Bloemhard, Heather NESSI Graduate Research Assistant
Heather Bloemhard staff photo
Heather Bloemhard joined the NESSI project under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Creech-Eakman in Fall 2010. As the graduate research assistant, she provides support for the design, coordinates the procurements, assists with assembly integration verification plans, and is developing a pipeline for reducing and calibrating the data collected from NESSI. She is also a PhD student in the NMT Physics department.
(575) 835 – 5548
Creech-Eakman, Michelle Interferometer Project Scientist/NESSI Principal Investigator
Michelle Creech-Eakman
Michelle Creech-eakman is an Associate Professor of Physics at NMT and has been the Project Scientist for MROI since 2003.  She also serves on several panels and organizing committees including those for SPIE, NASA and NSF. Professional website
(575) 835 – 6756
(575) 835 – 5809
Napolitano, Matt NESSI Undergraduate Research Assistant
Matt Napolitano staff photo
Matthew Napolitano joined MRO in 2011. He is working under Luke Schmidt writing control software for NESSI. He is also currently working on his B.S. in both Mathematics and Physics at NMT
(575) 835 – 5328
Olivares, Andres Interferometer Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer
Andres Olivares staff photo
Andres Olivares joined MRO in 2007 from NOAO/CTIO of Chile. As an Opto-Mechanical Engineer he is the sub-project lead for the Beam Relay System  and Unit Telescope Mount. He is also responsible for designing and assisting of major opto-mechanical subsystem for the Interferometer; supervise external contracts and purchases related to opto-mechanical effort. He is also an opto-mechanical engineer for NESSI in collaboration with NASA/JPL.
(575) 835 – 6758
Salcido, Chris Interferometer Opto-Mechanical Engineer
Chris Salcido staff photo
Chris Salcido joined MRO in 2007 as an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at New Mexico Tech (NMT) and became a full time Mechanical Engineer after graduating with his B.S. degree in 2008.  He is currently the lead engineer for the Vacuum System.
(575) 835 – 6947
Schmidt, Luke NESSI Graduate Research Assistant
Luke Schmidt staff photo
(575) 835 – 5464

MROI

Barteau, Elizabeth Information Specialist in Training
Elizabeth Barteau joined the MRO in January 2013. As an undergrad double majoring in Technical Communication and Civil Engineering, she spends her time at MRO working on web management, education & outreach work, fundraising efforts, media and social media development, content management, and anything else Alisa asks of her.
(575) 835 – 6806
Creech-Eakman, Michelle Interferometer Project Scientist/NESSI Principal Investigator
Michelle Creech-Eakman staff photo
Michelle Creech-eakman is an Associate Professor of Physics at NMT and has been the Project Scientist for MROI since 2003.  She also serves on several panels and organizing committees including those for SPIE, NASA and NSF. Professional website
(575) 835 – 6756
(575) 835 – 5809
Farris, Allen Interferometer Lead Software Controls
Allen Farris staff photo
Allen Farris joined MRO in 2009 from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), where he worked on the control system of the VLA and the high-level architecture, control system, and scheduling systems of ALMA. As the leader of the Control and Software Systems group he is in charge of all software and computer systems that control the Interferometer.
(575) 835 – 6645
Klinglesmith, Dan Interferometer Support Scientist / E&PO Coordinator
Daniel Klinglesmith staff photo
Daniel Klinglesmith started joined MRO in February 2000. He is responsible for monitoring the MRO ridge environment via remote weather stations, allsky cameras and seismographs. He also monitors the conditions within the beam combining facility and works with the delay line team. He is responsible for education and outreach through lectures, classes and star parties at the Etscorn Campus Observatory.
(575) 835 – 6802
Olivares, Andres Interferometer Opto-Mechanical Engineer
Andres Olivares staff photo
Andres Olivares joined MRO in 2007 from NOAO/CTIO of Chile. As an Opto-Mechanical Engineer he is the sub-project lead for the Beam Relay System  and Unit Telescope Mount. He is also responsible for designing and assisting of major opto-mechanical subsystem for the Interferometer; supervise external contracts and purchases related to opto-mechanical effort. He is also an opto-mechanical engineer for NESSI in collaboration with NASA/JPL.
(575) 835 – 6758
Riker, James Laboratory Assistant
Staff Photo of James  Riker
James Riker joined MRO in August of 2012 as an incoming freshmen in the Physics Department at New Mexico Tech. James assists with instrumentation efforts on the MROI project.
Rochelle, Sam Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sam Rochelle staff photo
Sam Rochelle joined MRO in December of 2012. As an undergraduate at New Mexico Tech, Sam works as a computer programmer for MRO, specifically on controls and software development for the instrument development group to support hardware and software integration.
Salcido, Chris Interferometer Opto-Mechanical Engineer
Chris Salcido staff photo
Chris Salcido joined MRO in 2007 as an undergraduate mechanical engineering student at New Mexico Tech (NMT) and became a full time Mechanical Engineer after graduating with his B.S. degree in 2008.  He is currently the lead engineer for the Vacuum System.
(575) 835 – 6947
Trueblood, Jacob Network Administrator
Jacob Trueblodd Photo
Jacob Trueblood joined the MRO in November 2013. Jacob provides IT support and maintains/fixes the network at the ROB and the ridge.

Cambridge University

Buscher, David Interferometer System Architect (Cambridge)
David Buscher staff photo
David Buscher helped to set up the collaboration between the University of Cambridge and New Mexico Tech to build the MROI in 2002. He is System Architect for MROI (jointly with Chris Haniff), responsible for the overall system design of the MROI and for technical oversight of the project. He is also a lecturer at the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches physics and astronomy courses, and does research in optical interferometry and adaptive optics. Professional website
(575) 835 – 6964 (+44) (0)1223 337 302
Haniff, Chris Interferometer System Architect (Cambridge)
Chris Haniff staff photo
Chris Haniff heads the Optical Interferometry sub-group at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, UK and has worked on the MROI since 2002 when New Mexico Tech’s collaboration with the University of Cambridge to develop an ambitious optical/infrared imaging interferometer was initiated. Together with David Buscher, he is one of the two System Architects for the MROI, responsible for its overall system design and oversight of its technical delivery. He is a Professor of Physics at the Cavendish and is a fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. Professional website
(575) 835 – 6964  (+44) (0)1223 337 307

 Facilities, Site & Infrastructure

DiBartolomeo, Patrick Site Electrician
Pat DiBartolomeo staff photo
Patrick Di Bartolomeo joined the MRO in 2010. He works on the ridge at Magdalena ridge observatory as the Lead Electrician and Facilities Management at the BCF.
(575) 517 – 7457
Pino, Juan Equipment Operator
Juan Pino staff photo
Juan Pino joined MRO in 2006. He works as the heavy equipment operator on the ridge.
(575) 518 – 8077

Education & Outreach

Klinglesmith, Dan Interferometer Support Scientist / E&PO Coordinator
Dan Klinglesmith staff photo
Daniel Klinglesmith joined MRO in February 2000. He is responsible for monitoring the MRO ridge environment via remote weather stations, allsky cameras and seismographs. He also monitors the conditions within the beam combining facility and works with the delay line team. He is responsible for education and outreach through lectures, classes and star parties at the Etscorn Campus Observatory.
(575) 835 – 6802

 

Facilities, Site & Infrastructure

2.4 Meter Telescope Control Room At the observatory site (575) 835 – 6771
2.4 Meter Telescope Dome At the observatory site (575) 835 – 6787
2.4 Meter Telescope Elevator E911 At the observatory site (575) 835 – 7972
Large Conference Room Conference Room 101 (575) 835 – 5042
Mini-Conference Room Conference Room 153 (575) 835 – 6809
FAX (575) 835 – 6807
Facilities, Site & Infrastructure Trailer At the observatory site (575) 835 – 7975
Interferometer Beam Combining Facility At the observatory site (575) 835 – 7808
Optics Lab Workman Lab 195-197 (575) 835 – 5107