Director of Mid-Scale Observatories, National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory
Lori Allen is a Senior Scientist at the NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory whose primary goal is to enable breakthrough discoveries in ground-based optical-infrared (OIR) astronomy and astrophysics. She currently serves as Director of Mid-Scale Observatories, which includes Cerro Tololo and Kitt Peak. Dr. Allen was a member of the IRAC Instrument Team for the Spitzer Space Telescope from 2000 to 2010. She is currently a member of the American Astronomical Society Committee on Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris. Her interests include star and planet formation, the transient sky, and wide-field surveys.