I am Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, doing asteroid science
with the WISE spacecraft, which launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base Dec 14, 2009.
WISE completed its infrared survey of the sky, including observing over 150,000
As an undergrad, I did research into intervening quasar absorption lines, high
velocity cloud absorption lines, and super star cluster formation in merging galaxies.
As a graduate student, I have investigated the sky-plane density of Main Belt asteroids,
built a photodiode telescope from the ground up to calibrate the IfA's Pan-STARRS
telescope's flat-fielding system, developed a model for fitting images of trailed asteroids
using Point Spread Function-fitting routines, and investigated the efficiency of orbital
determination routines that will used as part of Pan-STARRS's Moving Object
For my dissertation, I studied the composition and surface properties of Main Belt
asteroids using light curves and polarized light as a tracer of their physical and
chemical makeup. Optical photometry for my light curve work was obtained on CFHT,
Subaru and the UH 2.2 m. To measure asteroid polarization with the UH 2.2 m telescope,
I designed and constructed an imaging polarimeter, which I commissioned March 2007.
For more information on my instrument, see the description of DBIP.
My Curriculum Vitae:
LaTeX template file for my CV those interested in stealing it (much as I did...): .TeX
Where is Joe?:
ACM - Jul 2011
ToN - Jul 2011
DPS - Oct 2011
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