Associate Professor, Australian National University
Associate Professor Céline d’Orgeville joined the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics based at Mount Stromlo Observatory near Canberra in 2012. She is the Adaptive Optics Group Manager at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) where she leads Laser Guide Star (LGS) instrumentation research and development for astronomy and space applications. She also leads Education and Outreach activities at the AITC.
Prior to moving to Australia, Celine worked at the international Gemini Observatory which operates two 8-metre telescopes in Hawaii (1999-2006) and Chile (2007-2011). There she led the development and commissioning of the Gemini North and South Laser Guide Star facilities. These facilities create artificial stars using lasers that excite mesospheric sodium atoms at an altitude of 100 kilometres to make them glow. Adaptive optics-equipped ground-based telescopes such as the Gemini telescopes rely on Laser Guide Stars to correct the blurring of astronomical images caused by the atmospheric turbulence above them.
Celine’s interest in equity and diversity issues stems from her professional as well as personal experience working in the astronomy community world-wide. At the ANU, Celine serves on a number of access, equity, and diversity committees at the school, college, and university levels. In 2014 she co-organised the “We are all made of stars” Women in Astronomy workshop with Nobel Laureate Prof. Brian Schmidt. Nowadays Celine is a member of the ANU Gender Institute management committee, and the Astronomical Society of Australia Women in Astronomy chapter steering committee.