Dan McKenna currently develops instrumentation for the
Caltech Optical Observatories on the Caltech Campus in Pasadena. Dan served as the Superintendent of Palomar Observatory for
ten years managing the operations at the Caltech Palomar mountain site.
In the past, Dan has worked as:
- Principle engineer for the Large Binocular Telescope located
on Mt Graham Arizona
- Site manager for the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope,
- Detector engineer for Canada France Hawaii Telescope located
on Mauna Kea Hawaii
- Electronics engineer at University of Hawaii at Manoa where
he was on the Roddier team pioneering curvature adaptive optics.
In addition to working with Control Systems and Scientific
Instrumentation, Dan has also developed systems for radio astronomy and the
optical characterization of the line of sight atmosphere using stellar
Dan has also worked in Meteorology at the Hawaiian Institute
of Geophysics measuring boundary layer interactions from Mauna Kea to Prawn
ponds on the Island of Oahu Hawaii and is now experimenting with drone-based
As a member of the American Astronomical Society, Dan serves
on the Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris Committee.
On Thursday nights during the school term, you can find Dan
Playing Tuba in the Caltech/Occidental wind ensemble.