David Wilner

David Wilner is a Senior Astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, a Lecturer on Astronomy at Harvard University, and in 2010 became the Associate Director of the Radio and Geoastronomy Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He studies the origins of stars and planets, mainly using interferometric techniques at radio wavelengths to obtain high angular resolution. He received his A.B. in Physics from Princeton University, his Ph.D. in Astrononomy from the University of California, Berkeley, and held a NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics prior tojoining the research staff. His recent research has concentrated on resolving the structure of disks around young stars, to probe the physics of planet formation.

James Di Francesco

James Di Francesco has over twenty years experience in millimetre and submillimetre astronomy. His research focus is the observational characterization of the earliest phases of star formation using single-dish and interferometric telescopes. James has been an NRC staff member in the Millimetre Astronomy Group for the past 13 years. Previously, he obtained his PhD at the University of Texas in 1997, and spent his postdoctoral years at the Harvard-Smithsonian CfA (1997-1999) and the University of California, Berkeley (1999-2002).

Brenda Matthews

Brenda Matthews has over twenty years experience in radio interferometry and millimetre and submillimetre astronomy. Her research focus is the smallest components of planetary systems. She studies debris disks of dust and gas generated by the collisions between asteroids and comets around main sequence stars. She is also interested in star formation from cores through disks. Brenda has been an NRC staff member in the Millimetre Astronomy Group for the since 2008. Her PhD is from McMaster University and she was a BIMA postdoc in the UC Berkeley Radio Astronomy Laboratory before she came to NRC in 2004 as a Plaskett Fellow.

Gerald Schieven

Gerald Schieven is the head of the Millimetre Astronomy Group at NRC Herzberg in Victoria, where he leads the Canadian node of the North American ALMA Regional Center. After obtaining his PhD in 1988 from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, he held post-doctoral positions at Queen's (1988-1990), JPL (1990-1992) and DRAO (1992-1995). From 1995-2008 he was a support astronomer at the JCMT, before moving to Victoria.

George Moellenbrock

George Moellenbrock is a Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, NM (USA). A member of the CASA data reduction software development team, he concentrates mainly on visibility calibration capabilities and algorithms, and related user support. Over the course of his career, he has participated in the commissioning of HALCA (a Japanese space VLBI mission), EVLA, and ALMA. For ALMA's linear-basis feeds, he developed the heuristics and supporting CASA software for generalized instrumental polarization calibration. His scientific research interests include VLBI polarimetry of blazars, galactic structure via kilo-parsec scale radio parallax measurements with high-precision VLBI astrometry, and interferometry/synthesis calibration and imaging algorithms.

Alison Peck

Alison Peck comes from a long background of interferometry of one sort or another. Following her PhD at New Mexico Tech using VLBI, she had postoctoral positions at the MPIfR in Bonn and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Submillimeter Array, and then moved to Chile to spend 5 years as Deputy Project Scientist for ALMA. Now back in North America, Alison is the Science User Support Group Lead for NRAO, and also coordinates the Student Programs. In addition, Alison has tried to maintain an active science curriculum, focusing primarily on nearby starburst galaxies and ULIRGs, as well as more distant submillimeter galaxies.

Mark Rawlings

Mark Rawlings is currently a Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, VA (USA). Following his PhD at the University of Central Lancashire (UK), he first worked with ISO data at the University of Helsinki (Finland), and then as a Support Astronomer for UKIRT (USA). He subsequently spent more than three years in Chile as an ESO ALMA Operations Astronomer before transferring to Charlottesville. At NRAO, he now provides ALMA technical support and is also a member of the CASA data reduction software development team, acting as the Build and Test Group Lead. His scientific interests focus primarily on the physics and chemistry of the interstellar medium, with a particular emphasis on organic species.

The John Galt telescope at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory. Image by Jjnishiyama at en.wikipedia.

For questions or additional information about the 2015 ALMA Summer School, please contact Brenda Matthews