Christian Veillet is the Director of the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory since early 2013.
He was previously the Executive Director at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, where he arrived as Resident Astronomer in 1996 and served as Project Manager/Project Scientist for the CFHT MegaPrime Project and chaired the Working and Steering Groups which laid out and ran the CFHT Legacy Survey.
His current research areas include Kuiper Belt Objects and Near Earth asteroids. Back in the late 1970s/early 1980s, he made studies of the dynamics of Uranus and Neptune satellites prior to the Voyager fly-by.
Before joining CFHT, he spent 16 years at Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur in charge of the French Lunar Laser Ranging program. There he studied space experiments using light pulses traveling in space for synchronizing atomic clocks and testing some aspects of general relativity.
Christian also wrote and installed the telescope control software for the Korean Mt Bohyun telescope, the THEMIS solar telescope and the Zimmerwald satellite laser ranging station.