Kimberly Ennico-Smith

Kimberly Ennico-Smith

Professional Biography:

Astrophysicist (Civil Service), NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. (2000-present) Postdoctoral Researcher, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. (1998-2000)


Ph.D. Astronomy, 1998, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England
B.A., Physics, 1994, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland

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:

• Farrah, D., Ennico-Smith, K. et al. Review: Far-Infrared Instrumentation and Technology Development for the Next Decade. JATIS, 10.1117/1.JATIS.5.2.020901 (2019)

• Ennico, K. et al. An Overview of Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy Since Full Operation Capability. Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation, Vol. 7, No 4 (2018)

• Olkin, C., Ennico, K. and Spencer, J. The Pluto system after the New Horizons flyby, Nature Astronomy, Vol. 1, p. 663-670, 10.1038/s41550-017-0257-3 (2017)

• Howett, C.J.A., Ennico, K. et al. Charon’s light curves, as observed by New Horizons’ Ralph color camera (MVIC) on approach to the Pluto system. Icarus, Vol. 287, p. 152-60 (2017)

• Ennico, K. et al. Configurable Aperture Space Telescope. Proc. of the SPIE, Vol. 9904, 10.1117/12.2233149 (2016)

• Stern, S.A., Bagenal, F., Ennico, K. et al. The Pluto system: Initial results from its exploration by New Horizons. Science, Vol. 350, 6258, 10.1126/science.aad1815 (2015)

• Heldmann, J., et al. (5th author) Real-time science operations to support a lunar polar volatiles rover mission. Advances in Space Research, Vol. 55, Issue 10, p. 2427-2437 (2015)

• Robinson, T., Ennico, K., et al. Detection of Ocean Glint and Ozone Absorption Using LCROSS Earth Observations. Astrophys. J. Vol. 787, Issue 2, article id. 171, 12 pp. (2014)

• Roush, T.R., et al. (4th author) In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Field Expedition 2012: Near-InfRared Volatile Spectrometer System (NIRVSS) Science Measurements Compared to Site Knowledge,” Advances in Space Research, 10.1016/j.asr.2014.08.033 (2014)

• Agasid, E., Ennico, K. and Rademacher, A. Collapsible Space Telescope (CST) for Nanosatellite Imaging and Observation. SSC13-III-4, Small Satellite Conference (2013)

• Ennico, K., Shirley, M., et al. The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite Payload Development & Performance in Flight. Space Sci. Rev. 10.1007/s11214-011-9753-4 (2012)

• Hermalyn, B., Schultz, P. H., Shirley, M., Ennico, K., Colaprete, A. Scouring the Surface: Ejecta Dynamics and the LCROSS Impact Event, Icarus 281, 654-665 (2012)

• Colaprete, A., et al. (4th author) “The detection of water within LCROSS ejecta plume.” Science, 330, 463-468 (2010)

• Deen, C., et al. (4th author). Quick-look reduction software for FORCAST Grism mode on SOFIA. Proc. of the SPIE, Vol. 7735 (2010)

• Keller, L., et al. (4th author) Progress report on FORCAST grism spectroscopy as a future general observer instrument mode on SOFIA. Proc. of the SPIE. Vol. 7735 (2010)

• Ennico, K.A. and Sandford, S.A. AstroBiology Explorer Mission Concepts (ABE/ASPIRE). Advances in Space Research 40, 649-654 (2007)

• Chiar, J. E., Ennico, K., et al. The Relationship between the Optical Depth of the 9.7 micron Silicate Absorption Feature and Infrared Differential Extinction in Dense Clouds. Astrophys. J., 666, L73-76 (2007)

• Ennico, K.A., et al. Grism performance for mid-IR (5-40 micron) spectroscopy. Proc. of the SPIE, 6269, 57-65 (2006)

• McKelvey, M.E., K.A. Ennico, K.A., et al.. Radiation Performance of JWST Prototype FPAs. Proc. of the SPIE 5617, 223-234 (2004)

• Ennico, K.A. et al. Large Format Si:As IBC Array Performance for NGST and Future IR Space Telescope Applications. Proc. of the SPIE 4850, 890-901 (2003)

• Ennico, K.A. et al. Development and Testing of a 1024 x 1024 pixels Si:As IBC Detectors for SOFIA-like Applications. Proc. of the SPIE 4857, 155-165 (2003)

• Ennico, K. and Greene, T.P. An Integrated Science Instrument Module for the Next Generation Space Telescope. ASP Proc. Vol. 207, NGST Science & Technology Exposition, 127-37 (2000)

NASA Missions:

• Science and Payload Team, VIPER Lunar Rover (2019-)
• Scientist in Residence, NASA Ames Office of Communications & Public Affairs (2019)
•Project Scientist, SOFIA Observatory (2017-2019)
•Deputy Project Scientist (2011-2016), Co-I (2014-2017), NASA’s New Horizons Mission
•PI, Ames Center Innovation Fund, Configurable Aperture Space Telescope (2014-15)
•PI, Ames Center Innovation Fund, Collapsible Space Telescope for Small Satellites (2013-14)
•Instrument Scientist, Lunar RESOLVE payload, Near-Infrared Spectrometer (2011-14)
•Instrument Scientist, SOFIA FORCAST Grisms (2009-13)
•Instrument Scientist, SOFIA Echelon-Cross -Echelle Spectrograph (2009-11)
•Project Scientist, SMEX Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Concept, Phase A (2008-09)
•Payload Scientist and I&T Manager, LCROSS Lunar Impactor Mission (2006-10)
•PI, Enabling Astrobiology on SOFIA, ASTID award (2005-08)
•Co-I, ASPIRE Origins Probe Mission Concept (2004-06)
•Co-I & Payload Scientist, MIDEX AstroBiology Explorer Concept, incl. Phase A (2001-03)
•PI, Ames Director’s Discretionary Fund, ABE Beamsplitter Design & Performance (2004-06)
•Instrument Scientist, MIPS Instrument, Spitzer (SIRTF) Space Telescope (1998-2000)

Awards and Other:

2019 NASA Group Achievement Award Decadal Mission Studies
2019 NASA Spotlight Award for Science Communication
2016 NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Innovation Award Resource Prospector
2016 NASA Group Achievement Award New Horizons Team
2014 NASA Group Achievement Award The SOFIA Program
2010 NASA Mid-Level Leadership Program (Agency-level), graduation speaker
2009 NASA Ames Honor Award, LCROSS Science & Payload Team
2005 NASA Ames Superior Accomplishment Award for success in bringing new business to NASA Ames in organizing Ames Instrumentation Workshop 2005
2004 NASA Ames Superior Accomplishment Award for innovative development of a new data-collection and data analysis system for large format infrared detector arrays
2003 NASA Ames Superior Accomplishment Award for developing new means to analyze data during extended proton-irradiation tests of NIR detectors for JWST
1999 JPL Certification of Appreciation: Successful Completion of the First High Performance Large Format Far Infrared Arrays for SIRTF
1997 British Federation of Women Graduates Fellowship, Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship, AAUW Dissertation Fellowship, Isaac Newton Studentship
1994 Donald E. Kerr Medal for Excellence in Physics
1993 British Marshall Scholarship, Phi Beta Kappa, Society of Physics Students Scholarship

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