SPIE Fellow Jerry Nelson (Univ. of California-Santa Cruz) is the 2012 Franklin Award winner for Electrical Engineering for his design on some of the largest telescopes in the world-each measuring 10 meters across.
The Keck telescope design -- assembled with multiple thinner mirrors that are segmented together -- is used at Mauna Kea, Hawaii, to study distant stars.
Nelson has published more than 40 papers on similar topics in the SPIE Digital Library including "The status of the Thirty Meter Telescope project." His papers have also been presented at SPIE Astronomical Instrumentation.
Read the article from The Philadelphia Inquirer.