Richard Oram

Operations Manager, California Institute of Technology- LIGO Livingston Observatory

Mr. Oram is also an Engineering Manager with extensive experience of operations management of very large and complex facilities. He is also an expert in laser and optical systems, laser materials processing, laser engine design, optoelectronic and fiber optic technology, metrology, thermophysical property measurement, and material science. Oram has practical experience in program and project management, team building and leadership of engineering teams in a multi-cultural and multi-lingual environment in world class organizations.

Oram Joined California Institute of Technology- LIGO Livingston Observatory as Operations Manager in 2013. On September 14, 2015, the LIGO detectors in Livingston, LA and Hanford, WA made the world’s first direct detection of gravitational waves, heralding a new era in astronomical exploration. The gravitational waves detected by LIGO on that fateful day were generated by two black holes colliding and merging into one nearly 1.3 BILLION light years away.

Previously, Oram served as Head of Engineering Operations, AURA Gemini South Observatory, Chile and Optical Systems Group Manager Gemini North Observatory Hilo, Hawaii. The Gemini Observatory consists of twin 8-meter optical/infrared telescopes located on two of the best sites on our planet for observing the universe. Together these telescopes can access the entire sky.

Prior to this Oram worked in the semi-conductor industry as laser process development engineer for Hewlett Packard, in high volume silicon wafer micromachining for inkjet printer manufacturing and in academia as Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Laser Optical Engineering Technology degree program (4-year course) at the Oregon Institute of technology.

Oram received a BS in Physics from Newcastle University, UK and a MS and PhD. in laser physics from the University of Northumbria, UK.


Energy Improvements and Alternative Funding Options
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Learn how DOE’s successful Federal Energy Management Program can finance energy saving initiatives without up-front capital costs. Benefits to NSF major facilities include up-front funding without additional appropriations, guaranteed cost savings and performance, and freeing up money for science. NSF major facility case studies will be discussed, including examples funded via NSF Research and Related Activity funding for facility Operations and Maintenance versus DOE’s Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs).

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