Board Member, 2021
Lunar & Planetary Laboratory - University of Arizona
Amy Mainzer is a Professor of Planetary Science at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She specializes in building instrumentation for astronomy and planetary science, and she is currently focusing on studying our solar system’s asteroids and comets. She serves as the Principal Investigator for the Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE), an Earth-orbiting NASA space telescope dedicated to observing, tracking, and characterizing near-Earth asteroids and comets. Prior to joining JPL in 2003, she worked as an engineer at the Lockheed Martin, where she built the fine guidance sensor for NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. Dr. Mainzer serves as the curriculum advisor and on-camera host for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Kids series Ready Jet Go!, a television show aimed at teaching space and Earth science to 3-8 year old kids. In 2018, she received the NASA Exceptional Public Service medal for her work on near-Earth asteroids.