Evergreen Grad to Begin Work of Astronomical Importance

January 23, 2017
Nate Gilman

Nate Gilman with his telescope at the 2010 Oregon Star Party.

Nate Gilman ’10, MES ’13, serves as operations officer on the NOAA ship Pisces, which monitors reef populations along the East Coast. Gilman works as an interpreter and liaison between the ship’s science party and its blue-collar crew.

In 2017, Gilman will begin a three-year assignment with the National Search and Rescue Satellite Center, where he will be tasked with “detecting and locating mariners, aviators, and recreational enthusiasts in distress almost anywhere in the world at anytime and in almost any condition.”

But before all that, Nate distinguished himself in Evergreen’s astronomy programs. Nate’s former Evergreen faculty member Rebecca Chamberlains says he demonstrated natural leadership and star-finding aptitudes—even building a complex, 6-inch, string Dobsonian reflector telescope that was featured at the Oregon Star Party, a renowned annual event in astronomy circles.

Chamberlain says she’s excited to see what Nate does next:

For his part, Nate notes that he’s “humbled and honored to be part of a team that routinely saves so many lives.”