Joshua C. Williams
B.S. Astronomy, Minor in Physics and Mathematics (Class of 2007)
VP of Astronomy club for a year
Where you are now and what you're doing:
Josh Williams is an Operator for Subaru Observatory where he’s been since March of 2011. He got his Bachelor’s of Science degree in 2007 from the University of Hawaii – Hilo where he majored in Astronomy, and minored in Physics and Mathematics. Since graduating he has spent a significant amount of his time above an altitude of 9,000 ft. in various facets – as a volunteer and then Interpretive Guide at the Visitor Information Station on Mauna Kea (9,100 ft.), a Telescope Operator for the AMiBA Observatory on Mauna Loa (~11,100 ft.), and now as a Telescope Operator on the “proper” mountain, Mauna Kea (13,800 ft.). As a long time regular on Mauna Kea he has enjoyed eating copious amounts of ice cream at the mid-level facility.
What attracted you to UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy?
The opportunity to study astronomy while in Hawai'i.
Advice for prospective/current students of UH Hilo Physics & Astronomy:
Even if you don't minor/major in computer science, take some classes. It will come in handy. Also, make connections with as many people as possible. You'll never know where they'll take you.