Kimberly Ennico-Smith

Contact Information
Staff Scientist
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Professional Background
Professional Biography: 
2000-present, Astrophysicist (Civil Service), Astrophysics Branch, Space Sciences Division, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.
1998-2000, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Cambridge University, Institute of Astronomy, Ph.D., Astronomy, 1998.
Johns Hopkins University, B.A., Physics, 1994
Research Interests: 
space telescopes, rapid space mission devlopment, infrared detectors, infrared optics, radiation detectors, spectrometers, astrobiology, lunar science, near earth objects, STEM training
Select Publications: 
Colaprete, A.; Ennico, K., et al. (2010) "Water and More: An Overview of LCROSS Impact Results" 41st Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 1-5, 2010, No. 1533, p.2335.
Ennico, K., Colaprete, A., et al. (2009) "Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Science Payload Measurement Results of South Pole Impact" AGU Meeting, 12/2009.
Deming, D., et al. (2009) “Discovery and Characterization of Transiting SuperEarths Using an All-Sky Transit Survey and Follow-up by the James Webb Space Telescope,” PASP, 121, pp.952-967.
Ennico, K., et al. (2008) “LCROSS Science Payload Ground Development, Test, and Calibration Result,” Joint Annual Meeting of LEAG-ICEUM-SRR, October 2008, LPI Contribution No. 1446, p.52.
Deen, C., Ennico, K., et al. (2008) “A silicon and KRS-5 grism suite for FORCAST on SOFIA”, SPIE, 7014, 70142C.
Chiar, J. E., Ennico, K., Pendleton, Y.J., et al. (2007) “The Relationship between the Optical Depth of the 9.7 micron Silicate Absorption Feature and Infrared Differential Extinction in Dense Clouds.” ApJ, 666,L73-76.
Ennico, K.A., Sandford, S.A. (2007) “AstroBiology Explorer Mission Concepts (ABE/ASPIRE),” Advances in Space Research 40, 649-654.
Ennico, K.A., Keller, L.D., et al. (2006) “Grism performance for mid-IR (5 - 40 micron) spectroscopy,” SPIE, 6269, 57-65.
McKelvey, M.E., Ennico, K.A., et al. (2004) “Radiation Performance of JWST Prototype FPAs.” SPIE 5617, 223-234.
Ennico, K.A., McKelvey, M.E. et al. (2003) “Large Format Si:As IBC Array Performance for NGST and Future IR Space Telescope Applications,” SPIE 4850, 890-901.
Ennico, K.A. et al. (2003) “Development and Testing of a 1024 x 1024 pixels Si:As IBC Detectors for SOFIA-like Applications,” SPIE 4857, 155-165.
Deming, D., Jennings, D.E. et al. (2003) “Motivation, Design, and Development of a 12 Micron Imaging Stokes Polarimeters for Solar Magnetic Field Studies.” SPIE 4853, 205-214.
Ennico, K., Greene, T.P. (2000) "An Integrated Science Instrument Module for the Next Generation Space Telescope", ASP Proc. Vol. 207, NGST Science & Technology Exposition, p.127-137.
Other Information
NASA Missions: 
Instrument Scientist, SOFIA Echelon-Cross -Echelle Spectrograph (2009-present) Project Scientist, SMEX Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Concept, Phase A (2008-2009) Payload Scientist, ESMD LCROSS Kinetic Impactor Mission (2006-2010) Payload Integration & Test Manager, ESMD LCROSS Kinetic Impactor Mission (2006-2008) PI, Enabling Astrobiology on SOFIA (Grisms on FORCAST), ASTID award (2005-2008) Co-I, Infrared Spectrometer for the AstroBiology Explorer, ASTID award (2005-2008) Co-I, ASPIRE Origins Probe Mission Concept (2004-2007) Co-I & Payload Scientist, MIDEX AstroBiology Explorer (ABE) Concept (2001-2003) PI, Ames DDF, ABE beamsplitter performance (2004-2006)
Awards and Other: 
NASA Mid-Level Leadership Program, 2010
NASA Ames Honor Award, LCROSS Payload Team, 2010
Member NASA Astrophysics Subcommittee, 2008-2010
NASA Ames Superior Accomplishment Award, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Explorer MIDEX Mission Concept Phase A Selection, 2009
NASA Ames Superior Accomplishment Award, Successful CDR as a team member of LCROSS Team 2007
NASA Ames Superior Accomplishment Award, bringing new business to NASA Ames in organizing Ames Instrumentation Workshop 2005, 2005
NASA Ames Superior Accomplishment Award, innovative development of a new data-collection and data analysis system for large format infrared detector arrays, 2004
NASA Ames Superior Accomplishment Award, developing new means to analyze data during extended proton-irradiation tests of NIR detectors for JWST, 2003
NASA Ames Spotlight Award, NGST proton testing of IR detectors, 2002
JPL Certification of Appreciation, Successful Completion of the First High Performance Large Format Far Infrared Arrays for SIRTF, 1999
British Federation of Women Graduates Fellowship, 1997
Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, 1997
AAUW Dissertation Fellowship, 1997
Isaac Newton Studentship, 1996, 1997
Donald E. Kerr Medal for Excellence in Physics, 1994
British Marshall Scholarship, 1994