BNL LSST Team Engineer Receives Award

Justine Haupt

Design Engineer Justine Haupt is pictured in front of the cryostat she designed for testing LSST's electro-optic sensor modules. She is holding one of the compact front-end electronic assemblies that will enable the camera to be read out at a remarkable 1.5 billion pixels per second.

Design Engineer Justine Haupt of the Instrumentation Division has received the 2014 Rising Engineering Star award from Mouser Electronics and Design News for her “impressive range of excellence.” Haupt is part of the Brookhaven team helping to build the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) which will be the world’s largest digital camera aimed at capturing distant celestial objects. She designs and builds prototypes for the LSST. Working on the project over the past four years, she has constructed more than two dozen pieces of equipment, ranging from custom lens systems to a high-tech motor, and developed methods to streamline testing of the LSST’s focal plane components.

When completed, the LSST will be the widest, fastest, deepest eye of the new digital age. This remarkable telescope, to be stationed on a mountaintop in Chile, promises to cast light on mysteries fundamental to our understanding of the universe. It will scan the sky rapidly and chart objects that change or move, including exploding supernovae and potentially hazardous near-Earth asteroids. LSST’s images will trace billions of remote galaxies allowing scientists to probe mysterious dark matter and dark energy. Its uniquely wide field of view will allow LSST to observe large areas of the sky at once and move quickly between images. It will be able to take more than 800 panoramic images each night and cover the entire sky twice a week. And that is just a brief description. The LSST is fascinating—and Brookhaven Lab is playing a big role in the project.  

Learn more about the LSST and the team visit: http://www.bnl.gov/LSST/

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