ONC Staff Profile
Executive Director, User Engagement
Benoît Pirenne is Ocean Networks Canada Director, User Engagement. He joined the University of Victoria on October 2004 to build the Data Management and Archiving System for the NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS observatories. The department he directs consists of three groups: Software Engineering, User Services (with data quality, data products and learning) and Science Services, for a total of about 30 staff.
Previously, Benoît spent 18 years at the European Southern Observatory (ESO, Munich, Germany), a leading Organization for astronomical research. At ESO Benoît assumed a number of scientific and technical positions. As Head of the Operations Technical Support Department in this Organization, he was responsible for running the data management and archiving system supporting both ESO's telescopes and the NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope.
Benoît has a bachelor degree in computer science from Liège, Belgium, and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Namur, Belgium.