Dr. David Richard Silva
National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)
AURA Senior Scientist
Tucson, Arizona, USA

In-depth curriculum vitae (Last update: April 2017)

☰ Expertise

Scientific Technical/managerial
•   Extragalactic stellar populations
•   Elliptical galaxies (near and far)
•   Stars above the TRGB
•   Host stars of exoplanets
•   Digital stellar libraries
•   Senior management
     ▸ Nonprofit, scientific, international R & D enterprises
     ▸ Midsize (300+ FTE) organizations
     ▸ Multi-site, intercontinental programs & projects
•   US Federal agency engagement (NSF, NASA, DOE)
•   International group development (Americas, Europe, East Asia)
•   Observatory development, construction, & operation
•   End-to-end, long haul, data management systems
•   Astronomical data processing and quality control

☰ Career path

BSc (Physics, Astronomy) U. of Arizona (1984)
PhD (Astronomy): U. of Michigan (1991)

☰ Professional activities

Committees, Boards of Directors, other leadership roles

Member (2010 - 2013), AAS Nomination Committee
Member (2012 - 2014), Kepler User Panel
President (2012 - 2015), IAU Division B: Facilities, Technologies, and Data Science
Member (2008 - 2016), LSST Board of Directors
Member (2013 - present), TMT Board of Directors
Member (2013 - present), Gemini Board of Directors


Refereed scientific publications (ADS)
Non-refereed scientific & technical publications (ADS)
Recent scientific preprints (astro-ph)

Former Ph.D. students

Simona Mei (1998 – 1999) (with Peter Quinn)
Current position: Professor, U. of Paris Diderot

Marina Rejkuba (2000 – 2002) (with Dante Minniti)
Current position: Associate Astronomer, ESO

Mariya Lyubenova (2005 – 2008) (with Harald Kuntschner)
Current position: post-doc, Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands

Scientific research: highlights

Characterization of exo-planet host stars Characterizing near-IR spectral features in late-type galaxies Digital stellar libraries Miscellaneous

☰ End matter

It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Every person must choose how much truth he can stand.
— Irvin Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept

To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
— Søren Kierkegaard

Updated: 18 March 2015 – dsilva@noao.edu