Dave Jurasevich

Eagle Nebula, Dave Jurasevich, 2012
digital photograph
Photo credit: Christina Ondrus
Exhibition location: 60-inch telescope base
Dave Jurasevich was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1950. He moved west in 1968 to attend the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering in 1972. His career spanned over 30 years and included key design and management positions in the detailed planning and construction of processing plants both domestically and worldwide, including the Middle East and Far East. Retiring from the chemical industry in 2004, Dave joined the Mount Wilson Institute in 2005 as Superintendent of the historic Mount Wilson Observatory. Starting at an early age with his first telescope view of Saturn, Dave soon became captivated with astronomy and has pursued it as a lifelong endeavor.  The profound questions posed by our incremental and continuing understanding of the Universe have drawn Dave into an appreciation for the Cosmos, which he has expressed through the artistic medium of astrophotography. His wife, En Lee Lin, a native of Taiwan, is the corporate controller for a large US appliance manufacturer headquartered in Southern California. They have two children, Rachel and Aaron, and reside in Alhambra, California. starimager.com