As an observational astronomer, I am heavily involved in understanding and improving the infrastructure that allows us to learn about the universe. I have experience in all stages going from building an instrument to serving survey catalogs ready for science.
In particular, I have led/helped with:
the_monster a photometric reference catalog
that will be used for commissioning and early operations of LSST
analysis_tools which are packages
within the Rubin Science Pipelines (RSP) to conduct automated verification
and validation of data processed using the RSP.
Ad/hoc validation studies of precursor data processed with the RSP to scope out our validation needs during Rubin Observatory commissioning.
Data validation / photometric calibration for the DECam Local Volume Exploration (DELVE) Survey with Dr. Alex Drlica-Wagner. DELVE is a ~25,000 sq deg photometric survey using DECam archival data and 130 nights of dedicated observations.