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Mike Zucker is New Head of LLO!
It gives us great pleasure to announce that Mike Zucker has accepted our offer to lead the team at the LIGO Livingston Observatory. Mike is a widely respected member of the LIGO Laboratory and the gravitational wave community. He is a pioneer in this realm and is currently involved with some of the most demanding problems in our field. He will bring to Livingston his extensive knowledge of our discipline, his long experience in interferometry, and his great leadership skills.
Mike will assume his new post this summer and will begin by dividing his time between Livingston and MIT, where he will play a vital part in the delivery of the new isolation systems to LLO over the next few years.
Mike replaces Mark Coles, who will leave LIGO for a very important role at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Mark's new position will be in the oversight of large facilities like LIGO. We thank Mark for his able leadership of the facilities group during LIGO construction, and for the fine observatory he has played an important role in establishing. Mark can take real pride in knowing that he arrived on a green field and that, as he departs, the LLO sensitivity to inspirals at 1.2 megaparsecs is world-leading. It has been a long journey from green field to sensitivity outside our galaxy. Thank you Mark for helping blaze the trail, and good luck at the NSF!
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