Professor Andy Connolly is an eScience Director, and a professor in the Department of Astronomy. Professor Connolly studies cosmology and the formation of structure within our universe using large astronomical surveys such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and the Large Synoptic Sky Survey (LSST). He currently runs the UW data management group for the LSST, which develops algorithms and software for analyzing the petabytes of imaging data that will come out of the LSST. He also runs the LSST image simulation group which generates high-fidelity simulations of the universe that are used to scale the scientific algorithms that will be used in the LSST.
Beyond his scientific research, Professor Connolly is interested in using technology to increase access to scientific data and to improve the educational experiences of students.