SOAR Staff

Important Note for SOAR Users - As of December 2, 2021 (NOTE changed date) the "" domain ceased to exist, and all associated e-mail addresses no longer work.  The new email addresses follow this usage: firstname.lastname at 

The full list of NOIRLab scientists and their personal webpage links can be found at this link.


SOAR Direction and Administrative Support
Jonathan (Jay) Elias, Director, Astronomer (also SPARTAN)
Marcela Urquieta, Administrative Specialist

SOAR Support Scientists
César Briceño (SAM, Goodman, SOI, AEON), Telescope Scientist, CTIO Scientist
Felipe Navarete (SAM, GoodmanTSPEC, Spartan), SOAR Post-doc, Brazilian support
Sean Points (GoodmanSOI, TSPEC),  CTIO Scientist
Andrei Tokovinin (SAM), CTIO Astronomer

Brazilian support is mainly operated by LNA and can be contacted through soar.suporte AT

SOAR Telescope Operations (TELOPS):
Esteban Parkes, CTIO TelOps Manager, Senior Electronics Engineer
Fabián Collao, SOAR Site Manager, Mechanical Engineer
Eduardo Aguirre, Telescope Mechanic
Mauricio Araya, Telescope Mechanic
Juan Pablo Burgos, Electronics Technician
Ignacio Roco, Electronics Technician
Patricio Ugarte, Observer Support
Sergio Pizarro, Observer Support
Juan Espinoza, Assistant Observer
Carlos Corco, Assistant Observer
Rodrigo Hernández, Floating Assistant Observer
Jacqueline Serón, Floating Assistant Observer
Fernando Cortés, Floating Assistant Observer
Roberto Aviles, Floating Assistant Observer
Rodrigo Hinojosa, Floating Assistant Observer

SOAR Software Development and Support
Simón Torres, Data Analyst (Goodman Spectroscopic Pipeline and Goodman Live Pipeline)

Updated on July 5, 2023, 1:24 pm