Dr Frank J. Masci – Staff Scientist, Caltech

Frank Masci was born and raised in Melbourne, a port-side city located in Australia's south-east. He received a PhD in Astrophysics from The University of Melbourne in 1997 under the supervision of Professor Rachel Webster. Frank was hired as a post-doc at Caltech in 1998 to support the Wide-field Infra-Red Explorer (WIRE) mission. He then joined the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) at Caltech in 2000 where he served as Cognizant Scientist for data processing and astrometric calibration. He later became the Deputy Downlink System Engineer. After a brief stint as Assistant Director at the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2005/2006, he was lured back to Caltech in 2007 to serve as a Cognizant Scientist for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) project. In 2015 he became the Science Data System Lead for the Zwicky Transient Facility. Frank's professional interests are in astronomical image processing, calibration, algorithms, machine learning, and improving statistical methodologies for astronomical research in general. In his spare time, Frank enjoys mountain climbing, skiing, skeet and trap shooting, cooking, and pondering the intricate patterns of nature. Asteroid (438973) Masci is named in his honor.