Head of the Department of Science Operations
Dr. Lars-Åke Nyman joined the ALMA project in July 2007 as Head of Science Operations for the Joint ALMA Observatory. He received his Ph.D. at Onsala Space Observatory in Sweden, was in charge of operations of the SEST (Swedish- ESO Submm Telescope) on La Silla, and participated in the startup and later became the Station Manager of the APEX project (Atacama Pathfinder EXperiment), which operates a 12m submillimeter telescope on Chajnantor. In the early 1990’s, Lars-Å ke was involved in the site testing for the LSA project (the Large Southern Array), and was later responsible for the European part of the ALMA site characterization. His main research interests are star formation and the study of circumstellar envelopes around evolved stars.