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Mark Alan Brewer

Mark Brewer is a Research Technician in JPL's Atmospheric Lidar Group at the JPL Table Mountain Facility. His expertise comprises the operation, maintenance and optimization of lidar instruments as well as the preparation and launch of multiple types of balloon-borne sondes, and Lidar's System Administrator. He performs these tasks routinely without supervision and periodic checks indicate the work high quality.

Interim responsibility for networking operation and security. Communicated with IT lead and science customers about network connectivity.

Excellent at troubleshooting and problem identification. Evaluates situations and determines repair needs. Provides innovative problem solving solutions to instrument and facility issues.

Trained incoming personnel on LIDAR operations, sonde flights, and preventative maintenance.

LIDAR operations require skill, care and safety such that failures can result in injury or loss of equipment and data that would adversely affect ongoing earth observation programs.

Associates with 4 years of related experience.

Participates on LIDAR and NEO teams within 329 and 326.

Devised (with AutoCAD), fabricated, assembled and installed a bidirectional control circuit that operators a telescope shutter that complies with engineering and research specifications.

  • B.S., Applied Physics, California State University, San Bernardino, CA (2016 – Present)

Research Interests
  • Laser remote sensing of the atmosphere
  • High power excimer and Nd:YAG lasers
  • Robotics
  • Python
  • Asteroid Characteristics


Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) Icon Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC)
The international Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) is composed of more than 70 high-quality, remote-sensing research stations.

Tropospheric Ozone Lidar Network (TOLNet)
The primary scientific objective is to provide time/height ozone measurements from near the surface to the top of the troposphere to describe in high-fidelity their spatio-temporal distribution.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2013 – Present)
    • Research Technician II, Science Division
  • Los Angeles City College (2012 – 2013)
    • Asteroids, Comets & Satellites Group
  • Columbus Technologies and Services (2012 – 2012)
    • Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory

Community Service
  • Community Leader in university astronomy team with published abstracts (six as 1st author) in SAO/NASA ADS
  • Thrive Across America

Selected Publications
  1. Hicks, M., M. Brewer, A. Carcione, S. Ebelhar, and R. Borlase. "Broadband Photometry of 11284 Belenus: A Large Low Delta-V Near-Earth Asteroid." SAO/NASA ADS. The Astronomer's Telegram, #4969, 1 Apr. 2013.
  2. Hicks, M., M. Brewer, and J. Somers. "Broadband Photometry of 214869 (2007 PA8): A Slowly Rotating Potentially Hazardous Asteroid." SAO/NASA ADS. The Astronomer's Telegram, #4625, 1 Dec. 2012.
  3. Hicks, M., D. Dombroski, and M. Brewer. "Broadband Photometry 330825 (2008 XE3): A Potential Binary Near-Earth Asteroid." SAO/NASA ADS. The Astronomer's Telegram, #4591, 1 Nov. 2012.
  4. Hicks, M., M. Brewer, and J. Somers. "Broadband Photometry of the Near-Earth Asteroid 136993 (1998 ST49)." SAO/NASA ADS. The Astronomer's Telegram, #4588, 1 Nov. 2012.

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