Armando Caussade Biography of Armando Caussade

Astronomer specializing in education and public outreach
Computer systems administrator and Linux specialist

LinkedIn: http://pr.linkedin.com/in/armandocaussade/
PolarTREC: http://www.polartrec.com/member/armando-caussade
CienciaPR: http://www.cienciapr.org/en/user/caussade/

Blurb bookstore: http://www.blurb.com/user/caussade/
Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/caussade/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5_9oI0JHNRbXiXNcCDLSgg

Documents

Printable Professional Bio, in English. Updated March 2019.
Semblanza en español, lista para imprimir. Pendiente; se actualizará pronto.

Photographs

Headshot of Armando Caussade
2015–01–20, Armando Caussade in the South Pole, Antarctica
2015–01–06, Armando Caussade in McMurdo, Antarctica
2014–02–13, Armando Caussade in Fairbanks, Alaska
2013–04–23, Armando Caussade delivering a lecture
2012–06–05, Armando Caussade with his 80-millimeter telescope


Short Bio: March 2019

I am an astronomy educator with 30+ years of leadership involving public science initiatives, along with teaching experience at all levels. Ana G. Méndez University, where I established a flourishing astronomy extension program, has been my home institution since 2014. I regularly serve as a speaker and star party facilitator (following the philosophy of John Dobson's sidewalk astronomy), with live audiences reaching 5,000 per year and wide media coverage.

My career includes 20+ years as a computer systems administrator. I polished myself using Microsoft and Unix server platforms at federally qualified health centers, where I worked extensively with healthcare informatics. Seeking a change, in 2015 I switched to the Linux operating system and open source technology in general, which led me to become a Linux trainer and to start educating the public on its use as a desktop computer environment.

After a competitive process I was accepted into the 2014–2015 Antarctic season of PolarTREC, an NSF-funded program. In 2015 I traveled to the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station where I successfully conducted 10 days of work at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory. I am likewise familiar with the Arctic, having visited and trained there twice under winter conditions.

My leadership roles include chairing for 6 years the Puerto Rico Astronomy Society, a NASA Space Grant-affiliated group that I joined at its founding in 1985, and where I started large projects of public outreach. In 2018 I established and became president of the Puerto Rico Linux Users Group, the first of its kind to achieve incorporation status in the island.

I additionally do writing, editing and translation work, both under my name and as a ghost writer. Being a published author led me in 2018 to start AC Publishing House, an online business using the Blurb Internet platform to market books directly to customers via on-demand printing. AC Publishing House can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.blurb.com/user/caussade/