Amy Mainzer FieldsAstrophysics InstitutionsJet Propulsion Laboratory Alma materStanford University California Institute of Technology University of California Amy Mainzer (born 1974) is an American astronomer, specializing in astrophysicalinstrumentation 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 and the proposed Near Earth Object Camera space telescope mission. She has appeared a number of times in the History Channel series The Universe. She also appears in the documentary featurette "Stellar Cartography Mainzer received a B.Sc. in Physics from Stanford University with honors (1996), and holds an M.Sc. in Astronomy from California Institute of Technology (2000) and a PhD in Astronomy from the University of California, Los Angeles (2003) 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.