In September 2006, Mr. Víctor ESPIGARES from the operators group has left IRAM. He is now working as a software engineer at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA).
Since October 2006, Mr. Santiago NAVARRO MORAL is working as a telescope operator at Pico Veleta Observatory.
Since Feb. 1st 2007, Ignacio RUIZ PERALTA is working in the antenna group and telescope operation.
The receiver group welcomes two new members: Youness BOUTGLAY has stared work as a technician on August 1st. On September 1st, Samuel LECLERCQ has joined the receiver group as a physicist.
The scientific software group has also two new members: On November 1st, Emmanuel REYNIER started work, and Jean-Christophe ROCHE has arrived on November 22nd.
A long-time member of the backend group has gone into retirement at the end of December. Being a kind and competent colleague, Christian CASTEELS has been with the institute since June 1980, and has participated in the development of many high-precision components of the Bure LO and correlator system. We wish him all the best, and a pleasent active retirement.
On January 31st, Matthias SCHICKE has left IRAM to work for a renowned international company. Matthias joined the IRAM SIS group for his physics thesis in September 1998, worked successfully on numerous projects, and became SIS group leader in June 2006. Besides his qualities as a scientist, he has been a good colleague. We wish him all the best for his future career.