Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
My name is Siegfried Eggl, I am faculty in Aerospace Engineering and Astronomy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My research group is involved in the development and commissioning of the Solar System Processing pipeline of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. We aredeveloping and testing novel linking and orbit determination algorithms such as HelioLinC3D. We are also co-developing LSST survey simulators for the Solar System, e.g. Sorcha and prepare for early Solar System Science with Rubin with an eye on Planetary Defense. I am currently mentoring 5 PhD students and one PostDoc. As the lead of the Rubin Solar System Science Collaboration Inner Solar System Working Group (SSSC ISS) it is my pleasure to assist early career researchers by creating opportunities for networking and collaboration within the SSSC and beyond.
As a result, I am familiar with the workings of both the Rubin Observatory project and DESC and can guide my mentees to grow and gain visibility in either of these organizations. I am also a mentor in the DESC mentorship program and served as a mentor to students at my past institutions. My commitment to my mentees is to help them plan and execute projects to achieve their career goals set for themselves. LSST-DA Fellows at Duke University can also get involved in the Rubin commissioning activities along with Prof. Walter, and have the opportunity of visiting the observatory in Chile. They are also encouraged to interact with other members of the group depending on their scientific interests. In addition to my involvement in the Rubin ecosystem, I am also a member of the NASA OpenUniverse initiative, generating shared resources (typically image simulations) that can be utilized by multiple experiments.