OPTICAL TELESCOPE ELEMENT MANAGER
Lee Feinberg is the Optical Telescope Element (OTE) Manager for the James Webb Space Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, a role he has been in since 2001. He is also the Technical Lead for Webb's combined OTE and Integrated Science Instrument Module (OTIS). Lee is also the Senior Large Optical Systems Engineer in the Instrument Systems and Technology Division at Goddard.
Early in his role with the Webb telescope, Lee oversaw the development of three key telescope technologies: lightweight mirrors, lightweight cryogenic structures, and wavefront sensing and control. Lee co-chaired the mirror review board that chose beryllium as the material for the primary mirror, helped demonstrate that a multi-field alignment approach was needed to align the primary mirror segments (which was later implemented as part of wavefront sensing and control), has been a significant contributor to the telescope flight architecture and test architecture, and has been the NASA lead for the overall development of the telescope, which he will follow through launch and commissioning. Lee was also a lead test director for the cryogenic optical test of OTIS at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, including overseeing efforts during Hurricane Harvey, which struck the center in August of 2017.
Lee is also a key contributor to other next-generation space telescopes. He played a key role in the engineering development of the Advanced Technology Large Aperture Space Telescope (ATLAST), including its novel circular folding geometry, and was a member of the AURA Beyond JWST committee that produced "From Cosmic Birth to Living Earths: The Future of UVOIR Astronomy."
Lee is currently a member of both the Large UV Optical Infrared Surveyor (LUVOIR) and Habitable Exoplanet Imaging Mission (HabEx) science and technology development teams. Lee is a review board member for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission and was part of the original collaboration with University of California, Berkeley, for the SuperNova Acceleration Probe (SNAP) mission that was a precursor to WFIRST.
Lee worked for 10 years on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and was part of the team that developed the optical correction and upgrade instruments for Hubble, including serving as the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph Instrument Manager, Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) Concept Study Lead, Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) Instrument Manager, Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) Goddard Integration and Testing Lead, and the optics lead assigned to ensure the Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement (COSTAR) would work.
In 2005, Lee served as the chair of the agency-level Advanced Telescope and Observatory Capability Roadmap Committee that developed the technology roadmaps for space telescopes and observatories. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the Assistant Chief for Technology in the Instrument Systems and Technology Division. In 2001, Lee worked for a startup company developing an all-optical network for global communications, and he had several patents in that area.
Lee has won numerous awards, including the Goddard Space Flight Center Moe Schneebaum Memorial Award for his novel way to simplify Webb telescope's testing. In 1987, Lee graduated with a B.S. in Optics from the University of Rochester in New York, and in 1998 he received an M.S. in Applied Physics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Lee is a fellow of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) and is an associate editor of the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS).
Lee is also a pianist, keyboardist and composer. He currently plays in two bands: Outta Scope and the Allman Others.