Dr. Stacie Williams, AFRL
Sunday, July 23 , 2017, 6:30 pm in the Yurt
The Maui Space Surveillance Complex
This talk will provide an introduction to the Maui Space Surveillance Complex (MSSC) located atop Haleakala in Maui, Hawaii with an emphasis on the synergy created by the joint research and operational missions of the site. The MSSC is a research site as well as an applied test bed making it the ideal environment for developing unique operationally relevant sensors and processing techniques to meet the space surveillance operational mission of the site. One such sensor that will be highlighted is a daylight imager that provided the first resolved satellite images collected during the daytime on a large aperture telescope.
Stacie is a program director with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Previously, she was a leading scientist and science, technology, engineering and math educator at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s telescope observatory site on Maui, Hawaii. Williams led several technical efforts in the areas of imagery, spectroscopy and lasers and was the manager for the Maui site’s daylight and geosynchronous earth orbit imaging programs. Stacie is featured in a recent film called “Maui in Space,” (12:38), showing the collaboration between the Air Force and the University of Hawaii Institute of Astronomy researchers. It highlights the Maui Island and DOD’s work in astronomy and research involving space situational awareness. She also served as the site’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics outreach director. She was a board meember of the Maui Science Center.