Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana

Tom Dobes Technology


Tom Dobes, who was a former Planetarium student assistant and currently employed at University of Chicago, has been Planetarium Technology volunteer for 16 years. Tom works Saturdays in the Planetarium with Director Gregg Williams making sure the Planetarium’s equipment and programs are all functional. Tom has created computer programs to upgrade and keep the Planetarium’s technology on the cutting edge. Tom has been appointed to the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) Council and appointed by their president as the Technology Chair at executive committee meetings. Tom’s position has an unlimited term, with duties including: website maintenance, Server Administrator, and Conference Videographer. Tom has been video-recording the GLPA yearly meetings for several years and server administrator, he has gained the website duties which demand his time all year long. Congratulations Tom! Thank you for all the time and effort you give the Planetarium and the GLPA.