The Management Group represents all MSE participants and is responsible for all high-level decisions and the strategic direction of the MSE project. The Management Group appoints the Science Advisory Group from which they solicit science guidance. The Project Spokesperson reports directly to the Management Group and is their representative within the international astronomical community, working on all aspects of partnership engagement.
A formal governance agreement for the preliminary design phase is under development as a Statement of Understanding between the participants. Once the Statement of Understanding is enacted, the Management Group will be replaced with the MSE Board. The Statement of Understanding empowers the new MSE Board to set the project directions for the preliminary design phase and define the formal partnership agreement for later stages including full science operations.
Alan received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Cambridge in 2005. After spending 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria, he moved to NRC Herzberg at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, first as a Plaskett Fellow and then as an Instrument Scientist within the Astronomy Technology Program. His astronomical research is centered around Galactic Archaeology and the study of the nearest galaxies using wide field surveys. Among the facilities serving his research, CFHT is a major component, with Alan being the Principal Investigator of the Pan-Andromeda Archaeological Survey, and the co-PI of the Canada-France Imaging survey. He plays an active role in the development of astronomical instrumentation and facilities and was one of the original founders of the MSE concept. He was the MSE Project Scientist from 2014 - 2018.