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James Beletic

Director of Astronomy & Civil Space, Teledyne Imaging Sensors

Dr. James W. Beletic is the Director of Astronomy & Civil Space at Teledyne Imaging Sensors (TIS) in Camarillo, CA. TIS is a world leader in the development and production of high performance visible and infrared focal plane arrays. Nearly every major astronomical observatory on the ground and in space, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope, uses TIS arrays. TIS arrays are also in several planetary exploration missions and Earth science missions, such as the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, GOES weather satellite and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory.

Prior to joining Teledyne in June 2004, Dr. Beletic worked for over 20 years in astronomical research, and is internationally recognized for his work in optical and infrared detectors. He has developed new types of detector designs and his research groups have produced detector systems that have been used on 23 telescopes at 16 observatories in the United States, Chile and the Canary Islands.

Dr. Beletic received his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University. He worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the Georgia Institute of Technology before joining the staff of the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, Germany. During Dr. Beletic’s tenure at ESO, his research team designed and produced state-of-the-art detector systems for installation in 24 instruments at ESO's telescopes in Chile. After ESO, Dr. Beletic served as the Deputy Director of the Keck Observatory where he coordinated operations and development at the telescopes in Hawaii while working closely with instrument teams at the University of California and the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Beletic is an active leader in the international community, chairing review committees for other institutions, and he has hosted several international astronomical detector conferences.