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SkyCenter’s New Faculty Advisor
Monday, March 1, 2010

Steward Observatory’s Director, Peter Strittmatter, has appointed a new faculty advisor for Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, Ed Beshore: Director of the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) of the UA Lunar and Planetary Lab. The CSS is the most successful NEO survey that exists: CSS observers have found about 70 percent of all NEOs discovered over the past three-and-a-half years. The "Catalina Sky Survey" currently consists of a consortium of 3 cooperating surveys: the original Catalina Sky Survey (CSS), the Siding Springs Survey (SSS) and the Mt. Lemmon Survey (MLSS). Ed will work with SkyCenter and other UA Science team members to enhance collaborations and programs. Ed has a whole host of interests in addition to the SkyCenter including physical characterization of asteroids, scientific software development, robotic telescopes, survey techniques and technologies, large data set management, and high performance processing pipeline development. Before coming to CSS in 2002, Ed was a senior officer of a technical marketing company in Colorado Springs and an R&D Project Manager for Hewlett-Packard. He has also worked as a software engineer at the MMT Observatory, the Boeing Company, and on the Pioneer 11 mission to Saturn.