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Sang Park

Center for Astrophysics
Thermal Systems Engineer


I am a Thermal Systems Engineer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, a member of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I am also a PI of a development of the sub-milli-Kelvin Ultra Stable Picometer scale metrology systems with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in support of LUVOIR, a 2020 National Academy of Science Decadal Survey Mission.I have more than 35 years of engineering experiences, mostly in Aerospace and Space-borne Astrophysical projects. I was a part of the successful completion of the JWST cryo-vac tests at NASA JSC Houston and 'survived' through the Hurricane Harvey on site. I was involved in numerous other projects at SAO including Hinode-XRT (formerly Solar-B), SDO-AIA, IRIS, Parker-Solar-Probe SWEAP, MMIRS, and G-CLEF. In my career I have spent unaccountable number of hours at thermal-vacuum chambers and environmental test facilities. I enjoy my time with family and friends sailing and skiing when I'm not at a test site or behind a computer.