Allen Institute Distinguished Seminar Series: Hilton Lewis

February 9, 2018

  • Allen Institute, 615 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

Join us for the Allen Institute for Brain Science Distinguished Seminar Series. This seminar will feature Hilton Lewis, Director at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii. His presentation will highlight the organization and challenges in carrying out modern ground-based astronomy.

The talk will cover the broad environment and responses: how the community responds to changes in the field, adapts to technological advances, competition and collaboration; the differing approaches to funds, and societal and environmental challenges.  He will also discuss the differing organizational approaches that have evolved to address them, highlighting some of the methodologies employed by the Keck Observatory and its community as a practical exemplar.

The Distinguished Seminar Series events take place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Allen Institute Auditorium. Events are open to the public, however space is limited. Register below to attend.


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undefinedAs Director, Lewis is responsible for the operation and performance of the observatory with its twin 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes, and for the development of new capabilities. Lewis works closely with the staff, partner institutions and scientists to ensure the continued success of the Keck Observatory and foster the development of its scientific capabilities and overall productivity. 

Lewis was recruited in 1986 to lead the design and development of the software that controls the Keck Observatory’s twin, 10-meter telescopes. He has held many leadership roles throughout the history of the Observatory, ranging from leading software development to overseeing the full range of technical activities at the observatory.

Lewis holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and earned his MBA from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. His professional interests include leadership and motivation of high tech teams, strategic planning, multiple-year plan design, and effective project planning and execution.

Lewis has dedicated his career to building, operating and updating the most sophisticated ground- based optical/infrared telescopes in the world, a commitment that has contributed to the unprecedented astronomical innovation and forefront science of the W. M. Keck Observatory.