For the second consecutive year, Design News -- in partnership with Mouser Electronics -- set out to find engineers making big moves in the industry. The nominees were quite impressive. We were introduced to engineers working on underwater robotic fish, software for smart glasses, and prosthetic limbs.
After our editorial team and advisory board sorted through all the nominees, one engineer impressed us the most. That was Justine Haupt of Brookhaven National Laboratory, who is designing test systems for the focal plane components of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which will be the world's largest digital camera.
Her interests in technology and design are not limited to her laboratory job. She is a senior staff member in charge of instrumentation at the Custer Observatory, where she re-engineered the optical train for the largest public telescope on Long Island. She performed optical design, machined the mechanical components in her home shop, and installed and tested the system. Before studying physics, she got her pilot's license at age 18. She holds an FAA certified Advanced Ground Instructor rating. She refurbished the avionics and the cockpit of a 1947 single-engine plane (including installing a new intercom and strobe light system) before flying it. She is an avid glider pilot and paraglider.
Justine Haupt, a design engineer with Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been chosen as this year's Rising Engineering Star.
"Justine is impressive in her range of excellence. She has strong engineering skills, but she also gives back to her professional community," said Design News senior editor Rob Spiegel. "It's the range of interests in competencies that make for a full career and a rich life."
The impressive people on this year's list are thinking outside the box and excelling in their fields. Their passion for their work is evident, and we look forward to seeing more of their inventive work in the future. As Kevin Hess, Mouser's vice president of technical marketing, told us:
As a company on the forefront of technology, Mouser is excited to support the Rising Stars program to recognize today's brightest up-and-coming engineers. Every day, engineers are developing new, life-changing devices. Being the industry's NPI distributor of the newest semiconductors and electronic components, Mouser is helping turn their ideas into the advanced technologies of tomorrow. We applaud their innovation, because it's these engineers that will design the future for all of us.
Here's what Paul O'Connor, a colleague who nominated Haupt for the award, said about her:
As a self-motivated engineering talent, Justine is in a class by herself. Inventive, spirited, and remarkably creative, she has managed to develop a mastery of mechanical, optical, and electrical design, which have made her an invaluable asset to the Instrumentation Division at Brookhaven Laboratory. Justine's job responsibilities center around designing test systems for the focal plane components of the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which will be the world's largest digital camera at three gigapixels. In the four years since joining the division, she has designed and constructed more than two dozen pieces of equipment ranging from a custom catadioptric lens system to a microprocessor-controlled in-vacuum induction motor, a closed-loop feedback controller for a miniature cryogenic piezo actuator, and several large vacuum cryostats. Needless to say, she keeps the group's 3D printer busy turning out parts for her various creations, which have earned her the admiration and respect of senior personnel in the lab. She's been director of photography for a small film studio where she designed and constructed optomechanical upgrades to professional digital cinema cameras. Her artistry is not restricted to the technical fields; she has been a professional violin and piano instructor; is proficient on concertina, mandolin, and trombone; and achieved fluency in French through home study. When not inventing the next piece of advanced instrumentation, Justine takes time to work with the Educational Programs office, helping to create new astronomy-related programs for middle school students and science teachers, and delivering public lectures on her work with the new LSST camera.
Click the image below to view a slideshow of Haupt's work on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope components.
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope ComCam (Commissioning Camera) for operating a 9-CCD subset of the LSST detector array. The telescope in Chile is expected to be operational in 2018. The high-resolution camera will survey the sky every three nights for 10 years.
This is a terrific program. All of the candidates this year were more than worthy of this honor. Justine stood out because of the wide variety of her accomplishments, and for giving back to her professional community.
Yes congratulations! As the father of several young ladies who are interested in the sciences I will have to show this article to them for inspiration. Good to see an example of what hard work and talent can produce. Congrats again and keep up the good work.
I agree. In all the electronics technology courses I teach at both Lawrence County Center of Technology and ITT Technical Institute I constantly tell my students that hardwork does payoff. This article is an example of the benefits of perfoming such works. Yes, congratulations is inorder and keep up the great work!!!
MrDon, hard work usually does pay off, especially hard work learning. I have made an effort to continue learning throughout my engineering career, and it has been useful. How many other electronic engineers can domechanical designs as well, run the large machineshop tools such as a lathe and a mill, design pneumatic circuits, and then be able to adequately supervise those doing whatever other work needs to be done. So there is a good bit of value in adding to what an individual knows and understands. Not all managers are aware of that, but it certainly helps to be able to successfully acomplish whatever goals one is given.
@William yes agreed that hard work does pay off and the acheivments of Justine are just remarkable . Few years back it was a myth that females were not considered to be that much technical person but now this assumption is comming to an end and yes Justine is the live example for all her accomplisgments and professionalism.
D.H. I have worked with a few female engineers over the years and each of them was well above average in thier engineering skills. So perhaps they were more motivated than most to learn as much as possible.
My jaw kept dropping as I read the list of this star's accomplishments. Athletes and pop music stars do not deserve one tenth the recognition that Justine Haupt does. I am amazed at the breadth of accomplishment she has attained. It was Andrew Morris, frequent Gadget Freak contributor who directed me to this article. She illustrates the concept that if you want to predict the future, then invent it. I define power as the ability to achieve purpose. This young woman certainly has a lot of power to change the world.
I agree. Justine Haupt is definitely changing the future by inventing it. She is definitely an inspiration to all of us especially women in engineering and technology. I will definitely be sharing this article with my students enrolled in my electronics technology classes I teach at Lawrence County Center of Technology. I hope my female students can see how impressive Justine's career has been and try to create such a path for themselves.
You bring it some very valid points regarding next's year competition descriptions and the bar being raised. I noticed every Capstone I've participating in at ITT Technical Institutes School of Electronics, the caliber of projects created by the students every quarter seems to raise the bar in technical acumen and fabrication quality. I believe next's years Rising Star candidates will definitely come close or exceeds Justine's impressive engineering background and accomplishments because of the low cost-sophisticated engineering tools available to them.
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