|Institutions||Jet Propulsion Laboratory|
|Alma mater||Stanford University
California Institute of Technology
University of California
|Known for||Astrophysical instrumentation and galactic astronomy|
Dr. Mainzer is a Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion lab (JPL). She has worked at Lockheed Martin, where she worked on the Spitzer Space Telescope. She was the Principal Investigator of a cryogenic camera, the Pointing Calibration and Reference Sensor (PCRS), which serves as the fine guidance sensor for Spitzer.
After receiving her M.S. at Caltech, she finished her Ph.D. at UCLA with Dr. Ian McLean. For her thesis, she built the First Light Camera for SOFIA (FLITECAM) and observed brown dwarfs with it.
She received her Ph.D. in 2003 just before Spitzer’s launch. The PCRS was the first camera to see light on Spitzer and has been operating since 2003. S
She joined the WISE team and JPL in 2003 as the WISE Deputy Project Scientist. She is also the principal investigator of a project to enhance WISE’s ability to find new asteroids.
Mainzer holds the following degrees:
- 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)
source: Wikipedia and Amy Mainzer's blog
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