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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hot women of science: Amy Mainzer

This is Rightarida's first pick. We will try to do one of these every month. 

Nationality American
Fields Astrophysics
Institutions Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Alma mater Stanford University
California Institute of Technology
University of California
Known for Astrophysical instrumentation and galactic astronomy
Amy Mainzer (born 1974) is an American astronomer, specializing in astrophysical instrumentation and galactic astronomy. She is the Deputy Project Scientist for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. She has appeared a number of times in the History Channel series The Universe.

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:
Her research interests include; asteroids, brown dwarfs, planetary atmospheres, debris disks, star formation as well as design and construction of novel instrumentation for ground and space.

source: Wikipedia and Amy Mainzer's blog

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

She provides evidence that feminine beauty and intelligence are not mutually exclusive, and that academic success in a theoretical science field and a non-geek personality can coexist. And, yes, Amy, if you read this, you get my male hormones spilling out-- you are one hot item.

Rightardia said...

Yes, she is something, isn't she. It's unfortunate we glorify so many bimbos in the US when ladies like Amy Mainzer is what this country really needs.

Greg said...

I agree with you Right.

Anonymous said...

The laws of physics themselves wouldn't describe the naughty things I'd do to Amy Mainzer ^_^

Anonymous said...

She is definitely hot! I could watch/ listen to her speak on any subject. Intelligence is sexy!

Anonymous said...

Amy Mainzers intelligence is so sexy!!! Can you imagin looking into such beauty and discussing such subjects as the speed of light while laying in bed each night? Amy, will you marry me???

Anonymous said...

just hot

Anonymous said...

She is really pretty but on the documentaries Ive seen her on she is actually very intelligent. She is not one of those semi-smart and attractive spokes person types for NASA or other agencies, she actually seems truly intellectual when she speaks. So few attractive women out there are like this, it is almost non-existing! Thats why she blows my mind when I watch her speaking on these science shows, seeing how beautiful she is. Its quite incredible. I doubt in my lifetime I will see more than a handful of women who are as gorgeous and intelligent as her. A truly rare find and I think the ultimate women for men who are not your typical neanderthals that you find on the streets today.

Rightardia said...

Yes, she was Rightrdia's first pick, but there are plenty of intelligent and beautiful women in science and related fields who have distinguished themselves.

Anonymous said...

yes, yes, and YES!!!