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Amy Mainzer

Amy Mainzer
Personal information
InstitutionsJet Propulsion Laboratory
Alma materStanford University
California Institute of Technology
University of California
Known forAstrophysical instrumentation and infrared astronomy

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Amy Mainzer (born 1974) is an American astronomer, specializing in astrophysical instrumentation and infrared astronomy. She is the Deputy Project Scientist for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and the Principal Investigator for the NEOWISE project to study minor planets. She has appeared a number of times in the History Channel series The Universe. She also appears in the documentary featurette "Stellar Cartography: On Earth" included on the Star Trek Generations home video release (March 2010).

Asteroid (234750) Amymainzer was named after her.

Mainzer holds the following qualifications:

* 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)

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

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