Mark McKinnon

Assistant Director, New Mexico Operations, National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Mark McKinnon is the Assistant Director of New Mexico Operations for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Socorro, NM. From there, the NRAO operates the Very Large Array and Very Long Baseline Array radio telescopes. He is also the Project Director for the Next Generation Very Large Array. McKinnon has over 25 years of experience in the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of large, ground-based radio astronomy facilities. His previous roles include Deputy Project Manager for the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, Project Manager for the Expanded Very Large Array, Project Manager and Director for the North American contribution to the Atacama Large Millimeter Array in northern Chile, and leader of the Dish Consortium for the Square Kilometer Array. Prior to joining NRAO, McKinnon was a project engineer in the oil and gas industry, a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Oklahoma, and a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve. He holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and graduate degrees in physics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. His research interests include pulsar astrophysics, polarimetry, and statistics.


Large Facility Spotlight
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 8:30 am
See brief presentations from the NSF supported Federal Funded Research Development Centers (FFRDCs). Each Center will introduce who they are and share an accomplishment, event, and/or challenge that took place in the past year. Following the presentations, workshop participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel of presenters.

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