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LCO Names Dr. Lisa Storrie-Lombardi New Director

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01 Aug 2019

Las Cumbres Observatory is pleased to announce that Dr. Lisa Storrie-Lombardi will be the next President & Observatory Director.

Dr. Storrie-Lombardi comes to LCO from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she has been the Project Manager for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope & NuSTAR since 2016 and the Head of the Astronomy and Physics Directorate Operating Missions Office since 2017.

Technologist Wayne Rosing is the founder of Las Cumbres Observatory and his vision for the organization has become reality: LCO is a unique global telescope network that offers rapid follow-up of astronomical events and 24-hour coverage of important objects in the night sky. “LCO’s global telescope network is designed to be the preeminent facility for follow-up observations in the coming era of Time Domain astronomy,” said Mr. Rosing. “We are thrilled to have Lisa as leader and director for the exciting work that lies ahead.”

Dr. Storrie-Lombardi will be taking over from Dr. Todd Boroson, who has been the Director of LCO since August of 2013. During his tenure, he oversaw the development of the global network of telescopes. “I am so pleased that we have been able to attract Lisa to lead the observatory and the organization. I cannot imagine anyone better suited to take this unique facility through the next stage of its development and success,” said Dr. Boroson.

Prof. Lars Bildsten, the Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UC Santa Barbara, serves as Chairman of the LCO Board of Directors. Prof. Bildsten said, “I look forward to working with Lisa to ensure the continued science successes enabled by LCO’s unique global network of telescopes. We are well positioned for new discoveries in the rapidly evolving field of Time Domain astrophysics and Lisa’s leadership will make it happen!”

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