Hilton A. Lewis
Director at W M Keck Observatory
SPIE Involvement:
Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Author
Area of Expertise:
leadership , operations , strategic , management , projects , planning
Profile Summary

I am the director of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, responsible for the operation and performance of the observatory with its twin 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes, and for the development of new capabilities.

In the past I have served as Deputy Director of the observatory, responsible for planning and technical activities. Originally I was recruited to lead the software controls efforts in developing the Keck Observatory. Subsequently I took on increasingly responsible position as Associate Director for Engineer, Deputy Director for Engineering, Observatory Deputy Director and ultimately Interim Director.

My business interests are leadership, organizational behavior, finance and entrepreneurship.

My managerial experience is at the executive level in the following areas:
• Ability to craft and execute demanding strategic plans
• Ability to translate broad objectives into actionable plans
• Ability to dynamically manage plans in changing environments
• Ability to form and lead senior management teams
• Ability to shape policy at the highest levels: with Board and Scientific Leadership
• Ability to engage effectively with key stakeholders
• Ability to assess and manage organizational and project risk
Publications (21)

Proceedings Article | 6 July 2018
Proc. SPIE. 10702, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII
KEYWORDS: Optical fibers, Observatories, Telescopes, Mirrors, Spectrographs, Imaging systems, Sensors, Spectroscopy, Adaptive optics, Control systems

Proceedings Article | 3 August 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9908, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VI
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Mirrors, Spectrographs, Imaging systems, Sensors, Spectroscopy, Adaptive optics, Control systems, Keck Observatory

Proceedings Article | 15 July 2016
Proc. SPIE. 9910, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems VI
KEYWORDS: Telescopes, Mirrors, Astronomy, Data modeling, Sensors, Calibration, Magnetic resonance imaging, Spectroscopy, Distortion, James Webb Space Telescope

Proceedings Article | 10 July 2014
Proc. SPIE. 9147, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Mirrors, Spectrographs, Imaging systems, Cameras, Sensors, Adaptive optics, Computer programming, Space telescopes

Proceedings Article | 24 September 2012
Proc. SPIE. 8446, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy IV
KEYWORDS: Near infrared, Observatories, Telescopes, Spectrographs, Astronomy, Cameras, Adaptive optics, Control systems, Head, Space telescopes

Proceedings Article | 13 September 2012
Proc. SPIE. 8448, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems IV
KEYWORDS: Observatories, Telescopes, Mirrors, Electronics, Safety, Phase modulation, Reliability, Adaptive optics, Image quality, Keck Observatory

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Conference Committee Involvement (10)
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy III
22 June 2014 | Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy II
1 July 2012 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy
27 June 2010 | San Diego, California, United States
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy
26 June 2008 | Marseille, France
Advanced Software and Control for Astronomy
24 May 2006 | Orlando, Florida , United States
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