Biography: Tracy Cheetham
Tracy Cheetham joins the SKAO from the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), where she is the head of SKA construction planning. Cheetham led the team responsible for land acquisition, site characterisation studies, environmental and heritage walkthroughs, and construction licenses for the SKA.
Cheetham also led the design consortium responsible for SKA infrastructure and power in South Africa. She was the general manager of infrastructure and site operations, leading the design, construction and bulk infrastructure handover for the MeerKAT radio telescope, and supporting South Africa’s bid to host the SKA.
Cheetham previously worked as the SKA infrastructure manager, leading the land acquisition for the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory, as well as the design and
construction of infrastructure for the engineering prototype KAT-7 and the CBASS radio telescope.
Prior to her time at SARAO, Cheetham spent five years in the South African government as the deputy director of construction industry development. She has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Science in environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure. Cheetham began her career as a project manager as part of the Swedish/South Africa Partnership Programme implemented in Gqeberha in conjunction with the local Municipality.