Dr. Amy Mainzer is an astronomer specializing in astrophysical instrumentation (using instruments to measure astronomical objects and phenomena) and infrared astronomy (studying the astronomical objects visible in infrared radiation).
She was born January 2, 1974 in Mansfield, Ohio and went to Stanford University, California Institute of Technology and the University of California, Los Angeles. She has a masters and Ph. D. in Astronomy.
She is Deputy Project scientist for the Wide- field Infrared survey Explorer – WISE (a NASA infrared-wavelength astronomical space telescope launched in December 2009 which was re-activated in 2013 and has discovered thousands of minor planets and numerous star clusters) and
and the Principal Investigator for the NEOWISE project (to study minor planets and the Proposed near Earth Object Camera space telescope mission used to find objects that might cause harm to Earth).
She occasionally appears on the History Channel’s The Universe, was in the documentary Stellar Cartography: On Earth included in the Star Trek Generations home video, the 2016 documentary about the life of Leonard Nimoy and is the Science consultant on the PBS Kids series Ready Set Go!.
Her research interests include asteroids, brown dwarfs, planetary atmospheres, debris disks, star formation, and the design and construction of new ground- and space-based instrumentation.