Howdy! My name is Keri Bean and I am a mission operations engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I'm in the science plan integration group at JPL. I currently do science planning and sequencing for the Dawn mission.

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.

 

Activities

I was the ’08-’09 director of educational outreach and ’09 election committee member for the USA chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.

I was the college program coordinator for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy.

I’m a former president, vice president, and treasurer for the Texas A&M Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.

I was one of the founding members of Women's Rowdies.

I’m a former lead forecaster, social chair, forecast coordinator, and team leader for the Texas Aggie Storm Chasers.

I was a member of the '09-'10 College of Geosciences Undergraduate Recruitment Team.

I was the summer ’09 Friday afternoon radio broadcast meteorologist for Texas A&M Weather Broadcasting.

I’m a member of Women in Planetary Science.

I volunteered for the Mars Rover Celebration at the University of Houston.

I have a technician-class HAM radio license. My callsign is KE5RDD.

I am a member of JPL’s Advisory Council for Women.

I am a member of JPL’s speaker’s bureau.

I am a member of JPL’s theatre group, JPL Players.

 

Missions I've Worked On

Below I've added links to missions I've worked on.

Dawn

NASA website

Wikipedia

Twitter account

Facebook page

 

Research posters/papers I’m an author 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.

Bean, K., M. Lemmon, et al., 2009. Surface Stereo Imager Observations of Dust Devils at the Phoenix Landing Site. 40th LPSC.

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.

Bean, K., M. Lemmon, 2010. Nighttime Optical Depth Patterns from the Mars Exploration Rovers. 41st LPSC.

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.

Bean, K.M. & M. T. Lemmon, 2014. Determining Nighttime Atmospheric Optical Depth Using Mars Exploration Rover Images. 8th Mars.

Coming soon: Planetary & Space Science paper on thesis topic

Some of the guest lectures I’ve given

Participant at NASA JSC STS-130 tweetup, February 2010.

Dust devils from Phoenix as a grad student seminar, March 2011.

Participant in KSC NASA Tweetup for STS-135 launch, July 2011.

Seminar about thesis work on Martian nighttime optical depth at York University in Toronto, Ontario, April 2013.

Thesis defense, Texas A&M University, May 2013.

Participant in NASA Johnson Space Center ISS Science NASA Social, May 2013

Talk about working at JPL to Magnolia Science Academy 5 in Hollywood, December 2013.

Seminar about thesis work on Martian nighttime optical depth to the Mars seminar series at JPL, January 2014.

Talk about robotic exploration of the solar system with middle schoolers in Minnesota via NASA's Digital Learning Network, January 2014.

Panelist on a Women's History Month panel discussion via NASA's Digital Learning Network, March 2014.

 

Teaching Experience

UPAS 181: Life on Mars. A freshman seminar series about the possibility of life on Mars. Participated in a geologic field trip to Bastrop State Park. I was a co-instructor with Dr. Mike Tice and Dr. David Sparks.

ATMO and AERO 485: Lead students to create a proposal for NASA Langley’s Moon Work Contest

ATMO and AERO 485: Lead students to create a proposal for NASA Langley’s Space Technology Competition

I intermittently substituted for ATMO 201 (Introduction to Atmospheric Science) and ATMO 441 (Satellite Meteorology).

Awards

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

NASA Langley Moon Work Contest 2009, 3rd Place.

NASA Langley Space Technology Competition 2011, 1st place.

Research

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. This research is now being put into journal form.

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.

Dawn: I am currently a science planner and sequence engineer for the Dawn mission. I am working with the team to develop a robust observation plan for Ceres and to sequence the science activities.

Media about me/contributed to/see myself in the background

NASA JPL release on MER social media

Popular Science article on Phoenix’s cameras

Texas A&M College of Geosciences video interview

Is There Life on Mars? PBS NOVA special

The Planetary Society’s blog on social media

Guest on The Planetary Society’s blog, LPSC: Saltwater at the Phoenix landing site?

The Daytime Astronomer’s blog post on NASA EDGE’s Mission Madness contest

Interview with Dr. Pamela Gay at LPSC 2008

New Scientist article on space and astronomy Twitterers

Meteorology Students on Winning Team in NASA Competition

Postcards from the Future

Article on Phoenix listening attempts in The Battalion

Contact Lost with Mars Lander

Rocket Scientist by Association

NASA EDGE live program during STS-135 (start ~6min mark)

Monster Rover Heads to Mars

Mars rover team faces the masses

Aggies Aid in Mars Exploration

Research at Texas A&M: Exploring the Martian Atmosphere

Martian Moon Bites Into the Sun

Mashable’s 15 Twitter Accounts Every Space Lover Should Follow

Ultimate Mars Challenge PBS NOVA special

Interview with Keri Bean, the Martian Storm Chaser

Australian Science interview

Article about Social Media at NASA

TAMU press release about my work on Curiosity

NASA's Curiosity Rover team adjust to living by 40-minute longer Martian days

Wired UK: Curiosity rover identifies unknown object as plastic

Bad Astronomy: Pew! Pew! Take that, Mars!

Western Worlds podcast

18 Complicated Scientific Ideas Explained Simply

Space Inspired "Nerd Couture"

JPL utilizes Legos, other toys to help build the future