Romy D Hanna
My research focus is in the application of two techniques, X-ray computed tomography (CT) and thermal infrared (TIR) spectroscopy, to address various problems in planetary geology. For my PhD dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Rich Ketcham I am examining secondary processing (deformation, aqueous alteration) of CM carbonaceous chondrites at a variety of scales (microns to centimeters). I have a computational background and also work in the High-Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography Facility (UTCT) where I primarily develop software related to the correction and processing of CT data from the three high-resolution X-ray scanners in this lab.
My other current research area is investigation of Mars geology using TIR spectroscopy and geomorphology. I mainly use data from the Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) and Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) instruments and collaborate on this work with Dr. Vicky Hamilton of Southwest Research Institute, who also advised my Masters work in TIR spectroscopy at the University of Hawai'i. Dr. Hamilton is the deputy instrument scientist for the thermal emission spectrometer (OTES) on the OSIRIS-REx mission to the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu, and my dissertation work will partly be in support of preparing for this mission.
Areas of Expertise
Planetary geology, carbonaceous chondrites, Mars geology, remote sensing, thermal infrared spectroscopy, high-resolution x-ray computed tomography (CT), 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)