Recipient of the 2016 Schmitt Prize: John Henning

John Henning

Joined Caltech: 1984

On the job: Henning, senior research engineer at Palomar Observatory, designs and maintains control systems to guide and safeguard Palomar's three telescopes. Since he is so familiar with telescopes' inner workings, he is often involved in troubleshooting and improvements at the Observatory.

Nickname: "The Wizard," since Henning has a solution to every challenge.

Why he loves his work: "I enjoy working with our dedicated, hard-working staff. And getting the telescopes to perform new tricks is a lot of fun; there is always an opportunity to be creative."

photo of the 2016 Schmitt Prize awardee The 2016 Thomas W. Schmitt Annual Staff Prize winner, John Henning (center), Senior Research Engineer at the Palomar Observatory with (from left to right) Dean Currie, President Thomas Rosenbaum, Tom Schmitt and Ted Jenkins. Credit: Caltech