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Appointment of ALMA Project Manager
The ALMA Director is pleased to announce that Dr. Dick Kurz has been appointed Project Manager of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array ALMA effective November 1st, 2008. Dr. Kurzs appointment follows a search by an international committee.
Dr. Kurz has extensive management experience in space and astronomical projects. He has been serving as Interim European Project Manager since February 2008. From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Kurz was ALMA European Project Manager at the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere ESO in Germany. At ESO, he organized the European side of the ALMA collaboration. Dr. Kurz was Project Manager of the Gemini 8Meter Telescopes and, before that, managed a variety of NASA and Department of Defense space programs while at TRW Space and Defense and NASA. Dr. in Physics from the University of California at Berkeley. He has published many scientific and technical papers on high energy elementary particle physics and presented ALMA at international conferences throughout the last decade.
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array ALMA, an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of Europe, East Asia and North America in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. The ALMA Board, consisting of members representing the partners, has created the Joint ALMA Observatory JAO in Chile. The JAO is responsible for the overall leadership and management of construction, commissioning and operations of ALMA. National Science Foundation NSF in cooperation with the National Research Council of Canada NRC. ALMA construction and operations are led on behalf of Europe by ESO, on behalf of East Asia by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan NAOJ and on behalf of North America by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory NRAO, which is managed by Associated Universities, Inc. AUI.