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I am AURA Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). I'm working within the Instrument Division as Instrument Scientist for NIRCAM, the near-infrared camera of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Currently I am the technical lead of the NIRCam team.
My main expertise is in the concept, development and operations of
infrared instrumentation, both for ground and space astronomy.
I have built the MAX camera for the UKIRT telescope in Hawaii, the infrared channel of the WFC3 camera of the Hubble Space Telescope and conceived SPACE, a Dark Energy mission selected by ESA for the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 plan (now part of Euclid). Recently, I became especially interested in the use of MEMS technology for space applications. My main research field is Star Formation, the Orion Nebula in particular. I have led the HST Treasury Program on the Orion Nebula Cluster (GO10246), awarded with 104 orbits of HST time in Cycle 13 to study the Orion Nebula Cluster. This was the largest Hubble program ever dedicated to Star Formation in our Galaxy and has produced one of the most beautiful images ever made by Hubble (at least according to National Geographics...). The science data products for this project are avaialble on the STScI MAST archive here.
Before joining AURA, I have been European Space Agency Astronomer assigned to the Hubble program
(1999-2005), staff astronomer at Max Planck Institut fuer Astronomie, Heidelberg (1995-1999) and
Astronomer at Osservatorio Astrofisico di Torino (1987-2005). I hold a
Astronomy from Univeristy of Torino.
Together with functional and research work, I take my share of community services as referee for main jouranls, panels, etc. I am currently member of the Executive Committee of the Senior Science Staff of the Space Telescope Science Institute.
Guess I should also mention that asteroid 2008 QE12 has been named after me (click here to see where it is now).
The purpose of this page is to provide my contact information, updates on my recent scientific research or in advance of publication, distribute hard-to-find reprints of my functional reports, various data sets on star formation, some software tool, and a bit of personal information.
Massimo Robberto's Site STScI WWW
Revised © May 2013 - Massimo Robberto