Leadership

Las Cumbres Observatory is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to advancing worldwide understanding of the universe through science with its global telescope network.

Lars Bildsten, President, Board of Directors

Lars Bildsten, President, Board of Directors

Lars Bildsten is the Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara. Prof. Bildsten is an astrophysicist who specializes in the structure and evolution of stars. He was awarded the 2017 Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics in recognition of his fundamental work “into the physics of stellar structure and evolution, compact objects and stellar explosions.”

Dorothy Largay, Secretary & Treasurer, Board of Directors

Dorothy Largay is Founder and CEO of Linked Foundation and a pioneer in using philanthropy to create new ways to solve critical health needs of women and their families. In 2015 she was awarded the Rock Star: Life Achievement Award by the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation in recognition of her career as a management consultant specializing in leadership and organizational development.

Wayne Rosing, Founder & Director

Wayne Rosing, Founder & Director

Wayne Rosing founded Las Cumbres Observatory in 2005 following a long career in engineering and technology. He worked at Digital Equipment Company and Data General in the 1970s and became director of engineering at Apple Computer in 1980. From 2001 to 2005, he served as vice president of engineering at Google.

Mike Skrutskie, Director

Mike Skrutskie is a professor and chair of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. His research areas include infrared astronomy, sky surveys, and galactic structure. At UVA, he directs a laboratory for the construction and application of instruments operating at near-infrared (1-5um) wavelengths. The laboratory has recently delivered instruments for the world's largest telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope, and for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

Todd Boroson, Observatory President & Executive Director

Todd Boroson, Observatory President & Executive Director

Todd Boroson came to LCO after 24 years at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, where he served as Deputy Director for 8 years and Director for 2 years. At the NOAO, he managed an annual budget of $40 million and a staff of 350 people. While leading Las Cumbres Observatory, he continues his research in the structure and physics of active galactic nuclei and stellar populations.