Joe Ciotti and the 16-inch optical
telescope inside the rotating dome of
Lanihuli Observatory, dedicated in 2007
Winner of the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service to the Community
You could say that “innovation” is his middle name. A professor of physics, astronomy and mathematics in the Department of Natural Sciences, Joseph Ciotti is honored for his leadership and contributions to science education.
Ciotti serves as director for the Center for Aerospace Education and has been a faculty member at WCC since 1987. The creation of the Aerospace Exploration Laboratory, NASA Flight Training Aerospace Education Laboratory, Hokulani Imaginarium and Lanihuli Observatory were results of his outstanding leadership and volunteerism.
He often volunteers to assist science teachers as they strive to improve hands-on activities and lessons through workshops and outreach facilities. As a result of Ciotti’s 20 years of innovation, Windward has gained a wide reputation as a crucial leader in science educational outreach, both locally and nationally.
The Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service to the Community honors significant contributions that strengthen ties between the university and the community.
Joe Ciotti in the classroom (circa 1987)