University of Hawaii at Hilo

Natural Sciences Division

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Joshua C. Williams

B.S. Astronomy, Minor in Physics and Mathematics (Class of 2007)


Clubs organizations:

VP of Astronomy club for a year

Where you are now and what you're doing: 
Now: Working at Subaru Telescope as an Observatory Systems Associate ("Telescope Operator").
Places I've worked: VIS and AMiBA telescope on Mauna Loa
Brief Bio:

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.

Website: None

Joshua C. Williams 2015





  • (Updated November 3, 2015)