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Martin Austin

Project Manager (SKA Infrastructure)

Martin is a civil engineer and project manager. His job is to work with the separate Infrastructure consortia in both South Africa and Australia tasked with the design of SKA1 infrastructure; roads, buildings, site monitoring equipment, power, water and sanitation.

Kevin Barriere

Assistant Power Engineer

Marco Bartolini

Software Quality Engineer

Marco Caiazzo

Senior System Engineer

Marco is a member of the SKA System Engineering team contributing mainly to the Central Signal Processor Work Package.

Tracy Cheetham

Head of Construction Planning

Andrea Casson

Head of Project Management Group

Andrea’s job is to develop & implement project management procedures including planning, reporting & risk management. She joined SKA in June 2014 following 20 years working as a project & programme manager on multi-national projects in the telecoms industry & a brief stint as a secondary school physics teacher.

Andrea Cremonini

MID System Engineer

As system engineer for the for the MID Telescope my role is to provide Engineering support to the design at system level. Reassure that all different parts of the telescope will work together as expected.

Miles Deegan

HP Data Analysis Specialist

Federico Di Vruno

RFI & EMC Domain Specialist

Shagita Gounden

Junior System Engineer

Valerie Gresley-Jones

Project Assurance Officer

Jill Hammond

Project Manager (SKA Networks & Computing)

Mark Harman

Project Manager (SKA-Mid Dish)

Mark co-ordinates all SKA dish activities at SKAO working with the Dish consortia tasked with developing SKA Dishes, Phased array feeds and Receivers which convert the Radio signals from the sky into digital data . This will be transported by the SADT consortia and delivered to the Central signal processor.

Daniel Hayden

LOW System Engineer

Daniel’s role is to provide systems engineering support to the design of the SKA1-Low telescope. He is also the systems engineering point of contact with the LFAA design consortium. He comes from South Africa, where he first did an internship with SKA SA ten years ago.

Peter Hekman

Project Manager (SKA System Integration & Verification)

Currently seconded to the SKA Office from ESO, Peter is the AIV Engineering Project Manager. In is spare time he is designing and building a amateur radio station to experiment with microwave wave weak signal detection.

Maria Grazia Labate

LOW Telescope Engineer

Dr. Maria Grazia Labate’s role is to form the primary link between the Aperture Array Element and the system technical efforts, overseeing and collaborating with the Aperture Array Design and Construction Consortium to ensure that the Element level system engineering products are coherent with the system level.

Robert Laing

SKA System Scientist

Matthew Lilley

Senior Project Manager (MID)

Maurizio Miccolis

Project Manager (SKA Software)

Susan Nel

Configuration Manager

Susan’s role is to ensure that the functions of product identification, change management, status accounting and audits are implememented and managed throughout the project. Susan has more that 20 years experience in implementing configuration, content management and document management systems.

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System Engineer (Verification)

Rodrigo Olguin

System Engineer (SaDT)

Rodrigo joined the SKA System Engineering team in April 2014 to support the Signal and Data Transport subsystem. His previous experience includes the ALMA observatory, where he worked for 7 years.

Lorenzo Pivetta

Control System Software Specialist

Nick Rees

Head of Computing and Software

Juande Santander-Vela

SW & SDP System Engineer

Juande will oversee that the work done by the consortia designing the main super-computing SKA subsystems that deal with creating science-ready data, and orchestrating all of the SKA’s functions, complies with all science and technical requirements, and interoperate with the rest of the system elements.

Antony Schinckel

Head of Construction Planning - Low

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Adriaan Schutte

Power Engineer

Adriaan’s job is to manage and coordinate all power consumption, distribution and supply within the SKA project. This includes working with all consortia to minimize power consumption and to ensure the supply of reliable, low cost and green power to the individual components and the sites.

Altomese Stevenson

Project Officer

Tim Stevenson

Head of Mission Assurance

Tim’s job is to ensure that the various systems of the SKA fit together when the time comes, that the SKA is fit for purpose and that no unnecessary cost has been introduced by a lack of compatibility across the system. Tim has more than 30 years experience of developing physical sciences instrumentation, mostly for space based astronomy and planet

Luca Stringhetti

Project Engineer

Gerhard Swart

MID Telescope Engineer

Corrie Taljaard

System Engineer (RAM & ILS)

André van Es

Senior Project Manager (SKA-Low)

André is responsible for the delivery of the SaDT consortium providing networks and timing and frequency distribution and responsible for the MFAA, part of the AIP program. He has over 15 years experience as a project manager within Radio Astronomy at ASTRON and over 10 years experience in industry.