Mary Beth Kaiser

Fellow by Courtesy

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Mary Beth Kaiser received her Ph.D. in astronomy at UCLA. Her thesis project consisted of measuring the Cosmic Microwave Background Temperature at two wavelengths, 1.32 mm and 2.64 mm, using the rotational transition of the CN lines. To obtain a more precise measurement, she designed and implemented a high resolution (R~170,000) retrofit to the Hamilton Echelle Spectrograph at Lick Observatory. As a postdoc at the University of Texas, she worked on CCD development and the commissioning of a Bowen Schmidt CCD camera for the 82-inch telescope at McDonald Observatory. She also assisted in the optomechanical design of an infrared camera. Since 1993 she has been on the research staff of Johns Hopkins University. As part of the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) Instrument Definition Team (IDT), she was involved in the design and testing of the STIS calibration subsystem as well as the end-to-end calibration of the STIS. She currently is a member of the FUSE team.