The MSE Project Office operates from the the CFHT Headquarters in Hawaii, led by the Project Manager. The Project Office coordinates all engineering and technical work for MSE. The majority of the design and development work is performed within the home institutes of participants and commercial organizations as work packages assigned and directed by the Project Office.
Director of MSE Programs
Andy Sheinis joins the MSE Project Office as the MSE Program Director as of January 1 2023. He was formerly the interim Executive Director for Canada France Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) where he previously served as the Director of Engineering since returning to Hawaii. Prior to CFHT, Andy was the Head of Instrumentation at the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) where he was Project leader for the Hermes spectrograph at AAT, the GHOST spectrograph for Gemini Observatory as well as the 4MOST fiber positioner that AAO built for ESO. Furthermore, he was one of two Australian representatives on the Science Advisory Committee for the Giant Magellan Telescope. He also held an adjunct appointment as an Associate Professor at University of Sydney and prior to that, he was on the faculty at University of Wisconsin in Madison where he was PI for the Robert Stobie NIR Spectrograph for the SALT telescope. Andy holds a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from University of California Santa Cruz, is a fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia, has seven US patents, over 95 publications and 2200 citations. He is the instructor for the SPIE course “Introduction to Visible and NIR Spectrograph Design and Development for Astronomy (SC906)” and recently wrote the chapter on Medium Resolution Spectrographs for the Volume 3 of the WSPC Handbook of Astronomical Instrumentation. He started his career in Hawaii more than 30 years ago as a senior engineer working for the UH Institute for Astronomy , where he led the site survey for the AEOS telescope on Maui.