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Lee Feinberg video: JWST technologies already bearing fruit

Even in the testing and assembly stage, instruments and techniques developed for the James Webb Space Telescope have a bright future for applications both in and beyond astronomy.
3 January 2012, SPIE Newsroom. DOI: 10.1117/2.3201201.01

Lee Feinberg is the NASA Optical Telescope Element Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope at the Goddard Space Flight Center. He also serves at the Chief Large Optics Systems Engineer in the Instrument Systems Technology Division at Goddard.

Feinberg has overseen the production of three telescope technologies at Goddard: lightweight mirrors, lightweight cryogenic structures, and wavefront sensing and control. He continues to be the lead of the overall development of the JWST at Goddard. Feinberg was co-chair for the Mirror Review Board that chose beryllium as the material for the JWST primary mirror. In 2005, he served as the chair of the agency-level Advanced Telescope and Observatory Capability Roadmap Committee and won the Moe Schneebaum Memorial Award -- the highest engineering honor given to a single NASA Goddard engineer or scientist each year.

Before Feinberg joined NASA, he worked at Ford Aerospace and Booz, Allen and Hamilton. He also spent two years as a research assistant at the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics Nuclear Fusion Laborator.

Feinberg is a Fellow of SPIE, and serves on program committees for various SPIE astronomy conferences, including Space Telescopes and Instrumentation. He has published more than 35 papers in the SPIE Digital Library.