Researcher Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Romy D Hanna

Romy D Hanna
Research Associate, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences

Email: romy@jsg.utexas.edu
Work: +1 512 471 0260
Office: JGB
Mailcode: C1100

My research focuses on primitive, undifferentiated material found in carbonaceous chondrites and on small bodies (asteroids), which are commonly considered the 'building blocks' of the terrestrial planets. My aim is to advance our understanding of the formation and evolution (deformation, aqueous alteration, and thermal metamorphism) of primitive chondritic material and innovate how it can be remotely characterized on small bodies.

I use a wide variety of analytical and remote sensing techniques such as electron microbeam [including electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)], X-ray computed tomography (XCT) and visible to near infrared (VISNIR) and thermal infrared (TIR) spectroscopy. I am a Participating Scientist on the OSIRIS-REx mission to carbonaceous asteroid Bennu where I use the VISNIR and TIR spectral instruments to assess the degree of aqueous alteration and heating its surface has undergone.

In my position with the High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Facility (UTCT) at the Jackson School, I develop software related to the correction and processing of XCT data from the two XCT instruments in this lab and help scientists from varying disciplines apply this novel and powerful analytical tool to their own work.

Areas of Expertise

carbonaceous chondrites, planetary geology, remote sensing, VISNIR and TIR spectroscopy, X-ray computed tomography (CT), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), 3D image analysis and processing, scientific software development


Second Place Poster Presentation, Late Career PhD - Jackson School of Geosciences (2016)

Vargas Endowed Presidential Scholarship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2015)

Pallas-Ryder Award for Best Student Paper in Planetary Sciences - Joint Award from the Meteoritical Society and the Planetary Geology Division of GSA (2015)

Gordon A. McKay Award for Best Student Oral Presentation - Meteoritical Society (2014)

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) - NASA (2013 - 2016)

Marshall Endowed Presidential Scholarship - Jackson School of Geosiences (2013)

Jackson School First Year Graduate Fellowship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2011)

MSA American Mineralogist Undergraduate Award - Mineralogical Society of America (1997)