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
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.
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.
Coming soon: Planetary & Space Science paper on thesis topic
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.
Science Hack Day Ambassador, San Francisco, October 2014
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).
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
NASA Langley Moon Work Contest 2009, 3rd Place.
NASA Langley Space Technology Competition 2011, 1st place.
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.