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Amy Mainzer
WISE Deputy Project Scientist

  • 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, brown dwarfs, planetary atmospheres, debris disks, star formation
  • Design and construction of novel instrumentation for ground and space


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.

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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.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Astrophysics and Space Sciences Section (2003-present)
    • Principal Scientist (2012-Present)
    • 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)
    • Principal Investigator, NEOWISE, an enhancement to the WISE data processing pipeline that will facilitate solar system science, including discovery of new asteroids with 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)
  • JPL Ranger Award (2008 and 2011)
  • NASA Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship (2001-2003)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (1996-1999)

    Selected Publications
    1. Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Bauer, J.; McMillan, R. S.; Giorgini, J.; Spahr, T.; Cutri, R. M.; Tholen, D. J.; Jedicke, R.; Walker, R.; Wright, E.; Nugent, C. R. "Characterizing Subpopulations within the near-Earth Objects with NEOWISE: Preliminary Results" 2012 ApJ 752, 110.
    2. 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.
    3. Mainzer, A.; Masiero, J.; Grav, T.; Bauer, J.; Tholen, D. J.; McMillan, R. S.; Wright, E.; Spahr, T.; Cutri, R. M.; Walker, R.; Mo, W.; Watkins, J.; Hand, E.; Maleszewski, C. "NEOWISE Studies of Asteroids with Sloan Photometry: Preliminary Results" 2012 ApJ 745, 7.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. Mainzer, A.; Grav, T.; Masiero, J.; Hand, E.; Bauer, J.; Tholen, D.; McMillan, R. S.; Spahr, T.; Cutri, R. M.; Wright, E.; and 3 coauthors. "NEOWISE Studies of Spectrophotometrically Classified Asteroids: Preliminary Results" 2011 ApJ 741, 90.
    9. 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.
    10. 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.
    11. 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 Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer/NEOWISE" 2011 ApJ 736, 100.
    12. Mainzer, A.; Cushing, Michael C.; Skrutskie, M.; Gelino, C. R.; Kirkpatrick, J. Davy; Jarrett, T.; Masci, F.; Marley, Mark S.; Saumon, D.; Wright, E.; and 10 coauthors. "The First Ultra-cool Brown Dwarf Discovered by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer" 2011 ApJ 726, 30.
    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, Amy; Larsen, Mark; Stapelbroek, Maryn G.; Hogue, Henry; Garnett, James; Zandian, Majid; Mattson, Reed; Masterjohn, Stacy; Livingston, John; Lingner, Nicole; and 3 coauthors. "Characterization of flight detector arrays for the wide-field infrared survey explorer" 2008 SPIE 7021, 27.
    15. 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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