Howdy! My name is Keri Bean and I am a systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I am currently a Helicopter Integration Engineer for the Mars Perseverance rover. I am also a co-deputylead Rover Planner for the Curiosity Mars Rover.
I graduated from Texas A&M University in August 2013 with a master's in atmospheric sciences. My advisor was Dr. Mark Lemmon. I earned my B.S. in meteorology and double minors in mathematics and Earth sciences from Texas A&M University in spring 2010 with designation of Undergraduate Research Scholar.
I am also a huge Star Wars fan.
I am a member of JPL’s speaker’s bureau.
I am a member of the R2-D2 Builders club. Yes, I built my own R2D2.
Below I've added links to missions I've worked on.
Bean, K., M. Lemmon, 2008. A Quick Look at the Samples Obtained and Analyzed During the Phoenix Mission. SpaceVision.
Bean, K., N. Hall, M. Lemmon, 2008. A Quick Comparison of Dust Devils from MER and Phoenix. SpaceVision.
Ellehoj, M., P. Taylor, H. Gunnlaugsson, B. Gheynani, L. Drube, C. von Holstein-Rathlou, J. Whiteway, K. Bean, M. Lemmon, M. Madsen, D. Fisher, R. Volpe, and P. Smith, 2008. Phoenix Mars Lander: Vortices and Dust Devils at the Landing Site. AGU Fall 2008 Meeting.
Bean, K., G. Atkinson, 2009. Lunar-Gravity Testing of P-POD Based Constellation EVA Camera Mounting System. Microgravity University proposal.
Ellehoj, M., H. Gunnlaugsson, P. Taylor, B. Gheynani, J. Whiteway, M. Lemmon, K. Bean, L. Tamppari, L. Drube, C. von Holstein-Rathlou, M. Madsen, D. Fisher, and P. Smith, 2009. Dust Devils and Vortices at the Phoenix Landing Site on Mars. 40th LPSC.
Ellehoj, M., H.P. Gunnlaugsson, K.M. Bean, B.A. Cantor, L. Drube, D. Fisher, B.T. Gheynani, A-M. Harri, C. von Holstein-Rathlou, H. Kahanpaa, M. T. Lemmon, M.B. Madsen, M.C. Malin, J. Polkko, P. Smith, L.K. Tamppari, P.A. Taylor, W. Weng, and J. Whiteway, 2009. Convective Vorticies and Dust Devils at the Phoenix Mars Mission landing site. Journal of Geophysical Research.
Holstein-Rathlou, C., H.P. Gunnlaugsson, J.P. Merrison, K.M. Bean, B.A. Cantor, J.A. Davis, R. Davy, M.D. Ellehoj, W. Goetz, S.F. Hviid, C.F. Lange, S.E. Larsen, M. Lemmon, M.B. Madsen, M. Malin, J. Moores, P. Nornberg, P. Smith, L. Tamppari, and P.A. Taylor, 2009. Winds at the Phoenix Landing Site. Journal of Geophysical Research.
Bean, K., G. Atkinson, T. Saultz, B. Stern, D. Delao, M. Requa, C. Mollere-Rodriguez, B. Young, M. Lemmon, and T. Pollock, 2009. Video Camera System for the Lunar Electric Rover to Document Lunar Extravehicular Activities. Moon Work proposal.
Bean, K., M. Lemmon, 2010. Measuring Nighttime Atmospheric Opacity Using Images from the Mars Exploration Rovers. Undergraduate Research Scholars proposal and thesis.
Holstein-Rathlou, C., H.P. Gunnlaugsson, J.P. Merrison, P. Nornberg, M.D. Ellehoj, K.M. Bean, M.T. Lemmon, L. Tamppari, P. Smith, and the Phoenix Science Team, 2010. Time-Dependent Dust Accumulation on the Mars Phoenix Wind Indicator. 41st LPSC.
Bean, K., A. Azocar, D. Charles, W. Davis, C. Mollere-Rodriguez, B. Moore, C. Pannier, A. Probe, C. Runco, M. Lemmon, 2011. A Heads-up Display for Extra-vehicular Activity Suits. Space Technology proposal.
J. E. Moores, R. Haberle, M. Lemmon, K. Bean, M. Mischna, M. de la Torre Juarez, C. Newman, F. Calef, B. Cantor, A. Vasavada, J. Maki, J. Martin-Torres, M.-P. Zorzano, R. Francis, E. McCullough, the MSL Science Team and the Engineering Camera Team, 2013. Constraints on Atmospheric Water Vapor and Circulation at Gale Crater from the MSL Atmospheric Monitoring Campaign. 44th LPSC.
K. S. Edgett, R. A. Yingst, M. E. Minitti, M. L. Robinson, M. R. Kennedy, L. J. Lipkaman, E. H. Jensen, R. C. Anderson, K. M. Bean, L. W. Beegle, J. L. Carsten, C. L. Collins, B. Cooper, R. G. Deen, J. L. Eigenbrode, W. Goetz, J. P. Grotzinger, S. Gupta, V. E. Hamilton, C. J. Hardgrove, D. E. Harker, K. E. Herkenhoff, P. N. Herrera, L. Jandura, L. C. Kah, G. M. Krezoski, P. C. Leger, M. T. Lemmon, K. W. Lewis, M. B. Madsen, J. N. Maki, M. C. Malin, B. E. Nixon, T. S. Olson, O. Pariser, L. V. Posiolova, M. A. Ravine, C. Roumelioitis, S. K. Rowland, N. A. Ruoff, C. C. Seybold, J. Schieber, M. E. Schmidt, A. J. Sengstacken, J. J. Simmonds, K. M. Stack, R. J. Sullivan, V. V. Tompkins, T. L. Van Beek, and the MSL Science Team, 2013. Curiosity’s Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI): Initial Observations and Activities. 44th LPSC.
M. T. Lemmon, J. F. Bell III, M. C. Malin, K. M. Bean, M. J. Wolff, A. Vasavada, F. J. Martin-Torres, M.-P. Zorzano-Mier, and the MSL Science Team. Astrometric Observations of Phobos and Deimos During Solar Transits Images by the Curiosity Mastcam. 44th LPSC.
M. Lemmon, J. Bell III, M. Malin, K. Bean, M. Wolff, A. Vasavada, F. J. Martin-Torres, M. P. Zorzano-Mier, and the MSL Science Team. Astrometric observations of Phobos and Deimos during solar transits imaged by the Curiosity Mastcam. EGU General Assembly 2013.
Bean, K. & M. Lemmon, 2013. Determining Nighttime Atmospheric Optical Depth Using Mars Exploration Rover Images. Master’s thesis.
J. E. Moores, M. T. Lemmon, S. C. R. Rafkin, R. Francis, J. Pla-Garcia, M. de la Torre Juarez, K. Bean, D. Kass, R. Haberle, C. Newman, M. Mischna, A. Vasavada, N. Renno, J. Bell, F. Calef, B. Cantor, T. Mcconnochie, A.-M. Harri, M. Genzer, M. Wong, M. D. Smith, F. J. Martin-Torres, M.-P. Zorzano, O. Kemppinen, E. McCullough. Atmospheric movies acquired at the Mars Science Laboratory landing site: Cloud Morphology, Frequency, and Significance to the Gale Crater Water Cycle and Phoenix Mission Results. Advances in Space Research, 2015.
J. E. Moores, M. T. Lemmon, H. Kahanpaa, S. C. R. Rafkin, R. Francis, J. Pla-Garcia, K. Bean, R. Haberle, C. Newman, M. Mischna, A. Vasavada, M. de la Torre Juarez, N. Renno, J. Bell, F. Calef, B. Cantor, T. Mcconnochie, A-M Harri, M. Genzer, M. H. Wong, M. D. Smith, F. J. Martin-Torres, M-P Zorzano, O. Kemppinen, E. McCullough. Observational evidence of a suppressed planetary boundary layer in northern Gale Crater, Mars as seen by the Navcam instrument onboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover. Icarus, 2015.
Panelist on a Women's History Month panel discussion via NASA's Digital Learning Network, March 2014
Science Hack Day Ambassador, San Francisco, October 2014
Talk about Dawn to Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic, February and September 2015
Gave a joint talk with Mike Seibert about MER and Dawn at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, April 2015
Gave multiple talks about the Dawn mission at the California Academy of Science, September 2015
Panelist about Star Wars science and joint speaker about Dawn at Gallifrey One, February 2016
Panelist for the Women in STEM summit at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, CA, March 2016
Guest lecture on exploring the solar system at Joshua Tree National Park as part of their Night Sky festival, 2016-2019
Guest lectures about the Dawn mission at Universitat Politechnica de Catalunya and University of Barcelona, February 2017
Talk about Dawn at Nerd Nite LA, May 2017
Teen'Scape discussion about my career, Los Angeles Public Library, January 2018
Science Guest of Honor, MidSouthCon, Memphis, TN March 2018
Star Wars droids rights mock trial, WonderCon, Anaheim, March 2018
Panelist at Mars Closest Approach event at Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, July 2018.
Panelist at SpaceVision, San Diego, November 2018
Technical judge for FIRST robotics, March 2019
MSL Team Award for RP Mobility Training Curriculum Improvement
2 JPL Section 397 Discovery Awards, 2017
NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the Dawn Ceres Science Operations Team
NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the Dawn Ceres Flight Team
Collier Trophy as part of the NASA-JPL Dawn Mission Team
NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the Near Earth Asteroid Scout Project Team
NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the MSL Prime Mission Science and Operations Team
NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the Dawn Ceres Rendezvous Recovery Team
JPL Section 397 Discovery Award, 2014
NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the MSL Mastcam, MAHLI, and MARDI Instruments Team
NASA Group Achievement Award as part of the Phoenix Development and Mission Team
Bighorn Arch Seismic Experiment: I helped deploy seismometers in Wyoming around the Bighorn Mountains. I also went on geologic field trips to places like Devil's Tower National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, and more.
Mars Exploration Rovers: I completed an undergraduate and master's thesis on measuring the nighttime atmospheric optical depth and looking for any significant changes, either caused by dust settling or cloud formation. I also was a part of Opportunity's integrated sequencing team.
Phoenix Mars Lander: I worked on analyzing cloud observations, dust devils observations, lightning detection, and image calibration.
Hubble Space Telescope: I did photometry in the B, V, and I filters of M81 (Bode’s Galaxy) to determine any new Cepheid Variables as part of the Hubble Key Project to refine Hubble’s constant. I did this under the direction of Dr. Lucas Macri.
Mars Science Laboratory: I was a member of the Malin Space Science Systems science team and the MSL environment theme group. I helped coordinate meteorological observations, participated in operations, and conducted research. I participated as a Mastcam payload uplink lead, environment theme group lead, and environment theme group mini keeper of the plan. I am now one of the Rover Planners, operating the robotic arm and driving around on Mars!
Dawn: I was a science planning and sequencing engineer for the Dawn mission. As a member of the Science Operations Support Team, I was responsible for sequencing the Ceres mission activities.
NEAScout: I worked on NEAScout a bit in development. I helped with developing camera requirements and reviewing ROIs for potential cameras.
Mars Perseverance: I was the training lead for the project. I was responsible for designing, executing, and implementing how to train all ops roles. I am now a Helicopter Integration Engineer for the rover and helicopter. I am part of a team to help integrate the helicopter activities into the rover planning.
Psyche: I helped out the Mission Operations System Engineers (MOSEs). I worked on SISs, OIAs, and the Flight Operations Plan preparations.
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