David Silva has been named the new director of the Tucson-based National Optical Astronomy Observatory by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.
Silva will begin a five-year term as director on July 7.
He currently works as an observatory scientist for the Thirty Meter Telescope project in Pasadena, Calif.
NOAO consists of Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson; Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory near La Serena, Chile; and the NOAO Gemini Science Center, through which U.S. astronomers obtain observing time on the 8-meter Gemini North and South telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, respectively, said Doug Isbell, associate director for public affairs and educational outreach at NOAO in Tucson.
NOAO is operated by AURA under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.