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Dr. David OBrien

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in AZ
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Dwarf planets, Exoplanets, Icy satellites, Small satellites, Vesta
Disciplines/Techniques: Astrobiology, Numerical modeling, Remote sensing
Missions: Dawn

Research Interests

Dr. David O'Brien works on planet formation and the evolution of the early Solar System, collisional and dynamical evolution of asteroids and small bodies, thermal modeling of geophysical phenomena, and icy satellite geophysics.

Professional History

Dr. O'Brien earned his Bachelors of Science in Engineering Physics from Cornell University in 1998. He then received his Ph.D. in Planetary Science at the University of Arizona in 2004. Before joining PSI in 2006, he was a Poincare Fellow at the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur in Nice, France.

Honors and Awards

Minor Planet 21774 O'Brien
2006, NASA Fellowship for Early Career Researchers
2005, Poincare Fellowship, Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur, Nice, France
2000, NASA Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) Fellowship
2002, U. Arizona Planetary Sciences Department Graduate Teaching Excellence Award

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