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An Interview with Matt Dubberley

3 Jan 2012, 19:30 UTC
An Interview with Matt Dubberley
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This week’s interview is with Matt Dubberley.Jessica Barton: What is your job title? Matt Dubberley: Mechanical EngineerJB: What does your work at LCOGT involve? MD: In short: I have a pretty awesome job.I turn big picture ideas and plans into a physical reality. This could be building a telescope mount or building a spectrograph. At LCOGT, this involves just about every topic that falls in the category of mechanical engineering: structural analysis, thermodynamics, statics, motion control, dynamics, physics, vibrations, design, etc.I get involved in many other things once the design engineering work is done. This includes managing the processes of fabrication, assembly, design of experiments, testing, documentation, and deployment.JB: Could you tell us a little bit about yourself - your education, interests, past work experiences. MD: I was raised in Las Cumbres (a community in the Santa Cruz Mountains). Sometime around age 15, I started working for the LCOGT founder. My job was taking care of dirty jobs: Clearing hillsides of brush, feeding and babysitting burn piles, sweeping, organizing, demolition, construction, and moving things from A to B. Eventually, I worked my way up into machining/CAD work and helped build a large robotic telescope (Rainwater).I went to UCSB then UC ...

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