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Jessica Sunshine Name: Jessica Sunshine
Title: Professor and SBG Director
Room: ATL 1207F
Phone: (301) 405-1045
E-mail: jess
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My research focuses on the use of spectroscopy to determine the composition of various Solar System objects. My efforts have centered on the mineralogy of comets, asteroids, meteorites, and the Moon; with occasional diversions to Mars and environmental monitoring of the Earth.

I am currently the Deputy PI for the on-going Deep Impact eXtended Investigation (DIXI), a Participating Scientist for the Dawn Mission at Vesta, and was a Co-I for Deep Impact, Stardust NExT (New Exploration of Tempel), and Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M-cubed) on Chandrayaan-1. I was also the PI for Comet Hopper (CHopper) mission concept, one of three finalist for the 2012 Discovery mission selection.

For ten years prior to coming to the UMD, I worked for SAIC's (Science Applications International Corporation's) Advanced Technology Applications Division, where I was Chief Scientist and a member of SAIC's Corporate Science and Technology Council.

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