Director's Office

Director's Office

Mission Statement

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory enables forefront research into the Universe at radio wavelengths. In partnership with the scientific community, we provide world-leading telescopes, instrumentation, and expertise, train the next generation of scientists and engineers, and promote astronomy to foster a more scientifically literate society.

About the Director

Tony Beasley became the Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in May 2012 and serves as AUI’s Vice President for NRAO. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics with First Class Honors (1986), and a PhD in Astrophysics (1991) from the University of Sydney. His doctoral thesis examined magnetic field generation and solar-stellar activity in post-main-sequence stars. His scientific interests include non-thermal stellar radio emission, Very Long Baseline Interferometry techniques, radio supernovae, and astrometry of stellar/interstellar masers.

He first joined NRAO as a post-doc, then as a scientific staff member and senior manager in Socorro, NM and Charlottesville, VA. Since 2000, his career has focused on the design, construction, operation, and management of major scientific research facilities, with roles including: Project Manager for the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA), 2000-2004; ALMA Project Manager at the Joint ALMA Observatory in Chile, 2004-2008, leading the ALMA construction project through multiple international reviews and a major re-baselining effort; Operations Officer and Project Manager for NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network), 2008-2012, leading this continental-scale observatory designed to provide scientists with 30 years of ecological data on the impacts of climate change, land use change, and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity.

Open Door - Safe Space

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse work environment where all staff are valued and recognized for their unique contributions to our community. The Director’s Office maintains an open door policy, encouraging open communication, feedback, and discussion about issues of importance to any member of the staff.

Contacts

NRAO Director's Office
520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475
(434) 296-0221

 


 

Tony Beasley
NRAO Director

Phil Jewell
Deputy Director

Steven Geiger
Associate Director
Administration

Lyndele von Schill
Director
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Mark Adams
Head of Communications

Jane Michaud
Executive Administrator
Directors Office

Sheila Marks
Executive Administrator
Directors Office

Nicole Thisdell
Communications Analyst

Connie Rodriguez
General Office Assistant

Angie Babson
Administrative Support and Communications Services Coordinator

Davis Murphy
Communications Web Content Manager