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IfA Participates in SEE-IT Hawaii

See-IT exhibit

Karen Teramura with IfA’s contribution to SEE-IT Hawaii.

The IfA is one of 19 local companies and organizations participating in SEE-IT Hawaii (Science & Engineering Exposition – Innovative Technologies). It was launched at the Hawai‘i Convention Center in November when the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting was held to show world leaders that Hawai‘i is a place of dynamic science and cutting-edge technologies with global collaborations.

The purpose of the exhibit is to "motivate young people in Hawai‘i to embrace technical careers," and to show them that it is possible to have such a career without leaving Hawai‘i, according to Galen Ho, the president of SEE-IT.

The exhibition will remain on the convention center mezzanine for 16 months and then will be moved to a more permanent venue in 2013. It is open to school groups and the general public.

The IfA showcases two of its astronomy instrumentation marvels: the Pan-STARRS PS1 telescope on Haleakalā and the HAWAII family of infrared sensor arrays used at observatories throughout the world and in space. A display case highlights the Pan-STARRS Gigapixel Camera, the largest digital camera in the world, with actual camera components. Another display case houses infrared sensors that are going into instruments on new space telescopes and the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

The IfA shares exhibit space with the TMT Corporation, which will build the world’s largest optical/infrared telescope on Mauna Kea, pending final approvals. The TMT exhibit features a scale model of the huge telescope and a poster showing the actual size of one of the 492 segments that will make up its 30-meter-diameter mirror.

Exhibit participants include local companies working in science, engineering, homeland security, biomedical science and health care, virtual reality, robotics, cybersecurity, global defense, and clean energy (solar, wind, wave, and tidal). Space exploration exhibitors also include the W.M. Keck Observatory, which has the twin 10-meter telescopes on Mauna Kea, and the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES), which seeks to develop a technology park in Hilo.

Kudos go to Roy Gal for getting IfA into SEE-IT and coordinating this undertaking; Karen Teramura for exhibit concept, design, art, photography, web pages, and installation; Louise Good for editing text; Don Hall, Gerry Luppino, and Teledyne for supplying the infrared content, hardware, and photography; Peter Onaka for obtaining Gigapixel Camera hardware; Jessica Young, Lou Robertson, and the IfA Machine Shop for mounting hardware to the display; Bill Unruh, and Roy and Christine Gal for installation assistance; and the Friends of the IfA for providing some of the exhibit production funds.

Links to exhibitor sites

SEE-IT Hawaii mobile phone site for the IfA