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Amy Mainzer
NEOWISE Principal Investigator

Education
  • B.S. in Physics, Stanford University, with honors (1995)
  • M.S. in Astronomy, California Institute of Technology (2001)
  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of California, Los Angeles (2003)

Research Interests
  • Asteroids, comets, brown dwarfs, planetary atmospheres
  • Design and construction of novel instrumentation for ground and space

Projects

NEOWISE Icon NEOWISE

The NEOWISE mission uses the WISE space telescope to hunt for asteroids and comets, including those that could pose a threat to Earth.


Spitzer Icon Spitzer
The Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly SIRTF, the Space Infrared Telescope Facility) was launched into space by a Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 25 August 2003.

WISE Icon WISE
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is a four-channel, super-cooled infrared telescope designed to survey the entire sky with 1,000 times more sensitivity than previous infrared missions.


Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Astrophysics and Space Sciences Section (2003-present)
    • Senior Research Scientist (2015)
    • Principal Investigator, NEOWISE, a mission studying asteroids and comets using the reactivated Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite
    • Principal Investigator, Near Earth Object Camera (NEOCam), a proposed Discovery mission selected for technology development funding in 2011
    • Deputy Project Scientist, Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
  • Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center (1995-2003)
    • Principal Investigator, Pointing Calibration & Reference Sensor (PCRS) for Spitzer Space Telescope. The PCRS is the Observatory's fine guidance sensor, and it has been operational on-orbit since 2003.

Selected Awards
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2012)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2011)
  • Numerous group achievement awards for Spitzer, WISE, NEOWISE
  • Lew Allen Award for Excellence (2010)
  • NASA Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship (2001-2003)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (1996-1999)

    Selected Publications
    1. Mainzer, A., Grav, T., Bauer, J., Conrow, T., Cutri, R. M., Dailey, J., Fowler, J., Giorgini, J., Jarrett, T., Masiero, J., Spahr, T., Statler, T. ³Survey Simulations of an Advanced Near-Earth Asteroid Detection System² 2015 AJ in pres.
    2. Sonnett, S.; Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Bauer, J. ³Binary Candidates in the Jovian Trojan and Hilda Populations from NEOWISE Light Curves² 2015 ApJ 799, 191.
    3. Stevenson, R.; Bauer, J. M.; Cutri, R. M.; Mainzer, A. K.; Masci, F. J. ³NEOWISE Observations of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) as It Approaches Mars² 2015 ApJL 798, 31.
    4.  Mainzer, A.; Bauer, J.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Cutri, R. M.; Wright, E. L.; Nugent, C. R.; Stevenson, R.; et al. ³Initial Performance of the NEOWISE Reactivation Mission² 2014 ApJ 792, 30.
    5. Mainzer, A.; Bauer, J.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Cutri, R. M.; Wright, E. L.; Nugent, C. R.; Stevenson, R.; Clyne, E.; Cukrov, G.; Masci, F. ³The Population of Tiny Near-Earth Objects Observed by NEOWISE² 2014 ApJ 784, 110.
    6. McMurtry, C., Lee, D., Beletic, D., Chen, C.-Y., Demers, R., Dorn, M., Edwall, D., Fazar, C., Forrest, W., Liu, F., Mainzer, A., Pipher, J., Yulius, A. ³Development of Passively Cooled Long-wave Infrared Detector Arrays for NEOCam² 2013 Optical Engineering, 52(9), 091804.
    7. Mainzer, A., T. Grav, J. Masiero, E. Hand, J. Bauer, D. Tholen, E. L. Wright, R. M. Cutri, R. Walker, R. McMillan, T. Spahr, R. M. Cutri, E. Wright, J. Watkins, W. Mo, Maleszewski, C. ³NEOWISE Studies of Asteroids with Sloan Photometry: Preliminary Results² 2012 ApJ 745, 7.
    8. Bauer, James M.; Mainzer, A. K.; Grav, Tommy; Walker, Russell G.; Masiero, Joseph R.; Blauvelt, Erin K.; McMillan, Robert S.; Fernández, Yan R.; Meech, Karen J.; Lisse, Carey M.; and 15 coauthors. "WISE/NEOWISE Observations of Active Bodies in the Main Belt" 2012 ApJ 747, 49.
    9. Grav, T.; Mainzer, A. K.; Bauer, J.; Masiero, J.; Spahr, T.; McMillan, R. S.; Walker, R.; Cutri, R.; Wright, E.; Eisenhardt, P. R.; and 7 coauthors. "WISE/NEOWISE Observations of the Hilda Population: Preliminary Results" 2012 ApJ 744, 197.
    10.  Mainzer, A., T. Grav, J. Bauer, J. Masiero, R. S. McMillan, R. M. Cutri, R. Walker, P. Eisenhardt,  et al. ³NEOWISE Observations of Near-Earth Objects: Preliminary Results² 2011 ApJ 743, 156.
    11. Mainzer, A., J. Masiero, T. Grav, J. Bauer, D. Tholen, E. L. Wright, R. M. Cutri, R. Walker, R. McMillan, T. Spahr, R. M. Cutri, E. Wright, J. Watkins, W. Mo, Maleszewski, C. ³NEOWISE Studies of Spectrophotometrically Classified Asteroids: Preliminary Results² 2011 ApJ 741 90.
    12. Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Bauer, J.; Wright, E.; Cutri, R. M.; McMillan, R. S.; Cohen, M.; Ressler, M.; Eisenhardt, P. "Thermal Model Calibration for Minor Planets Observed with WISE/NEOWISE" ApJ 2011 736, 100.
    13. Mainzer, A.; Bauer, J.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Cutri, R.M.; Dailey, J.; Eisenhardt, P.; McMillan, R.S.; Wright, E.; Walker, R.; and 25 coauthors. "Preliminary Results from NEOWISE: An Enhancement to the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer for Solar System Science" 2011 ApJ 731, 53.
    14. Mainzer, A. K., Cushing, M., Skrutskie, M., Gelino, C., Kirkpatrick, J., Jarrett, T., Eisenhardt, P., Wright, E., Masci, F., Marley, M., Saumon, D., Padgett, D., Marsh, K., Beaton, R., Garnavich, P., McLean, I, Leisawitz, D., ³The First Ultra-Cool Brown Dwarf Discovered by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer², 2011 ApJ, 726, 30.
    15. Kirkpatrick, J. Davy; Cushing, Michael C.; Gelino, Christopher R.; Griffith, Roger L.; Skrutskie, Michael F.; Marsh, Kenneth A.; Wright, Edward L.; Mainzer, A.; Eisenhardt, Peter R.; McLean, Ian S.; and 31 coauthors. "The First Hundred Brown Dwarfs Discovered by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)" 2011 ApJS, 197, 19.
    16. Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J.; Masiero, J.; McMillan, R. S.; Cutri, R. M.; Walker, R.; Wright, E.; Eisenhardt, P.; Tholen, D. J.; and 27 coauthors. "NEOWISE Observations of Near-Earth Objects: Preliminary Results" 2011 ApJ 743, 15.
    17. Cushing, Michael C.; Kirkpatrick, J. Davy; Gelino, Christopher R.; Griffith, Roger L.; Skrutskie, Michael F.; Mainzer, A.; Marsh, Kenneth A.; Beichman, Charles A.; Burgasser, Adam J.; Prato, Lisa A.; Simcoe, Robert A.; Marley, Mark S.; Saumon, D.; Freedman, Richard S.; Eisenhardt, Peter R.; Wright, Edward L. "The Discovery of Y Dwarfs using Data from the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)" 2011 ApJ 743, 50.
    18. Masiero, Joseph R.;Mainzer, A. K.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J. M.; Cutri, R. M.; Dailey, J.; Eisenhardt, P. R. M.; McMillan, R. S.; Spahr, T. B.; Skrutskie, M. F.; and 8 coauthors. "Main Belt Asteroids with WISE/NEOWISE. I. Preliminary Albedos and Diameters" 2011 ApJ 741, 68.
    19. Bauer, James M.; Walker, Russell G.; Mainzer, A. K.; Masiero, Joseph R.; Grav, Tommy; Dailey, John W.; McMillan, Robert S.; Lisse, Carey M.; Fernández, Yan R.; Meech, Karen J.; and 12 coauthors. "WISE/NEOWISE Observations of Comet 103P/Hartley 2" 2011 ApJ 738, 17.
    20. Mainzer, A. K.; Roellig, Thomas L.; Saumon, D.; Marley, Mark S.; Cushing, Michael C.; Sloan, G. C.; Kirkpatrick, J. Davy; Leggett, S. K.; Wilson, John C. "Moderate-Resolution Spitzer Infrared Spectrograph Observations of M, L, and T Dwarfs" 2007 ApJ 662, 1245.

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